Children Must Wash Hands Too

It is not uncommon for mens’ bathrooms to include a urinal (or two) at a lower height than the rest, for kids (and possibly shorter people) to use.

This week I came across the first bathroom I’ve ever seen with a  lower sink also provided! I am sure it is not the only such example in the world, and perhaps some of you have seen this more often, but it was the first I’ve seen.

It seems like every bathroom which provides a shorter urinal ought to also provide a shorter sink.  Afterall, the users of the short urinal will have to wash their hands too, right?


  1. I think that is actually meant to comply with the ADA—wheelchair access.

  2. @ Meaghan

    Surely that’s a more typical interpretation of the lower sink, but since you couldn’t roll a chair underneath this sink it actually would be quite difficult to access from a wheelchair.

  3. You have clearly not visited family bathrooms. These lower sinks as well as lower toilets are almost always in such places.

  4. conalldempsey says:

    Moira –

    You’ve piqued my curiosity! What are family bathrooms? Do establishments often have “Men”, “Women”, and then “Family” options? I definitely have never been in one those, but child height sinks and toilets make sense there for sure.

    I maintain that any bathroom with a short toilet (or urinal) ought to offer a shorter sink as well!

  5. i like using shorter sinks and bathrooms toilets from time to time… makes me feel bigger

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