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Squatty Potty & Conventional Wisdom

by Louis on October 8, 2013

I‘m surprised I have the chance to write this.   I’ve written to be wary of conventional wisdom in Aging in Place Design. But I didn’t expect substantiation of my dislike of higher toilets.

I am normal height. 5′-4″. Some people see my height as short. High toilets make me feel like a kid whose feet don’t touch the ground. (Cause they don’t.)

But that is not my important reservation about higher toilets. Look at this:

Read/view the accompanying Fast Company Creative Brain Trust Blog

And here is the UN-conventional wisdom part. Higher toilets are not for everyone. Yes older people have trouble getting up from the toilet. But many have trouble evacuating their bowels too. We need to consider that before we give everyone including normal height people (like me) a higher toilet. Every design element and decision deserves individual, careful consideration. Not conventional wisdom so everyone gets the same thing.

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Aaron D. Murphy October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Great title Louis – I did have to chuckle, but the point of all design being “client centered” and “specific solution” is always valid, and worth bringing to out attention. Great post!



Katy October 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

This alleged substantiation of your dislike for higher toilets is really irrelevant. Many people need, not want, higher toilets, due to any number of medical conditions, both temporary and permanent. You may be opposed to them, but I doubt you have experienced the panic of not being able to get up from a standard height toilet. Even transferring from a wheelchair to a lower seat causes trouble when trying to slide uphill to get back into the chair. If people have trouble evacuating their bowels, they’ll still need a higher toilet AND a stool to put their feet on.


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