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5 signs your office washroom needs an upgrade

The washroom is an integral part of any building be it commercial or domestic, yet more often than not, we encounter sub-standard appliances and poorly maintained décor. It makes no sense, really, especially with a few trips a day being a fundamental necessity for all humans. How many times have you noticed unpleasant washrooms and wondered why they have been overlooked?

A clean and well-presented washroom promotes a healthier work environment, and will further impact employee wellbeing and performance. As well as being important for your company’s branding and image, it will present a positive impression to both staff and visitors by demonstrating that you are fully invested in their wellbeing.

It goes without saying that a washroom needs to prioritise functionality. However, that doesn’t negate an attractive space; practical and aesthetically pleasing needn’t be mutually exclusive.

It might be time for you to consider your current washroom area; its overall design, layout and condition. Here are five signs that your office washroom design may need an overhaul:

Outdated colour schemes

Colour schemes and trends are a fluid phenomenon, so a design that looked modern several years ago may now be outdated. Pastel colours that were popular during the 80’s can look tired and shabby, white looks timeless and clean but can be quite an eye-strain. Modern washrooms are being replaced by darker wood grain patterns that create a more homely and less commercial feel. Additionally, they help to mask the impact of heavy traffic on washroom wear-and-tear. An intelligent design will include stimulating colour and will make the world of difference to the environment. Clever use of colour can create the illusion of a smaller or larger, brighter or dimmer area.

Sub-standard fixtures.

There is nothing more frustrating than a door that doesn’t lock properly. Cubicle locks, legs and hinges should all be sturdy; anything less is a sure sign that your washroom is neglected and outdated. Broken fixtures will create a poor impression, and merely aggravate bathroom visitors.

Wear and tear of panels.

Laminate panels are used to hide pipes and plumbing around sinks and urinals. In some instances, damaged or worn laminate can create an illusion of an un-clean washroom, not to mention unattractive. Laminate coatings applied to the panels begin to rot and fall off at the corners. Shabby looking walls can make a visit to the bathroom quite an unpleasant experience.

Aged sanitaryware.

While porcelain is durable and sturdy, but over time it is susceptible to cracking which means that toilets and basins are particularly vulnerable to damage. A crack, whilst aesthetically unappealing, can also lead to further problems such as leaking which can be costly and time consuming in repairs. Basins can discolour due to leaking water from taps and show significant signs of an aged product. This reflects on the washroom as a whole.

Consistency with your brand.

Recent developments within the commercial world highlight a demand for brand consistency throughout all areas of the workspace. Offices are becoming more on-trend by the minute, and a washroom can easily reflect an organisation’s chosen design. For example, real wood veneers with matching woodgrains and back-painted glass create a sense of cohesion between the washroom and working area. If you do decide to opt for something different for the washroom, attempt an aspect of continuity between rooms. This can be done by using the same trim colour, fabric patterns or theme-related décor. Taking time to co-ordinate all areas will create a lasting first impression.

The modern office washroom is both fashionable and functional, and utilises intelligent design. By creating an attractive space, employee engagement, performance and productivity will improve. Maxwood Washrooms create high-quality, commercial bathrooms that offer a touch of distinction. Let us help you design and create an eye-catching washroom that will reflect your organisation’s brand.

If you have identified with any of the above points, then it may be time to think about the benefits of an updated washroom can have on your business. Get in touch with us to speak with one of our experts and let them inspire you with the options you have available. 020 3657 7615 or

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