While chatting with some friends about bathrooms and this blog, one of my girlfriends launched into an impassioned speech about bathroom-stall door-locks, and man’s inability to create a stall door that will continue to line up accurately with its lock over time. As we all know, the door eventually droops, rendering the locking mechanism ineffectual if the catch for the lock is secured to the stall wall! She pointed out that people have developed the technology to cantilever decks that can support the weight of a bunch of people, but refuse to develop a bathroom door that retains its level. She had us all laughing with her rant, and she’s totally right! Everyone has had to, at some point, hoist the door up to meet the lock and then jimmy the lock into its catch. It’s always difficult to engage the lock, but doesn’t it seem as if the slightest movement can cause the lock to give up and the door to start to swing open? After a lot of effort, you can finally jam the lock in place, but then the minute someone else comes in and bangs their door shut, there goes your again, am I right?
Now, I suspect that the secret is to create a lock that can work on the side of the stall without having a specific catch affixed there. What if there were some kind of lock that could rotate to catch the stall wall between two fingers…does that make sense? So instead of lining up with something, it could be a device that swings down to surround the adjoining wall. In fact, I bet you readers could come up with a bunch of smart locking ideas that would work regardless of how much the door sags, rendering gravity a neutralized threat to privacy.
So…let’s see what we can come up with!