Bathrooms are one of the most important parts of homes and establishments. It can contain a shower, a mirror and a bidet. Bathrooms often have towel rings or towel bars where towels can be hung. A medicine cabinet may also be installed for keeping medicines and personal hygiene products. Shelves and drawers for storing towels and other stuff may be found as well.
In North America and other regions, a bathroom usually contains a sink and a toilet. In Japan, France, Australia, UK and Eastern Europe, a separate toilet room may be found in homes. The case is different in Iran as almost all homes in the country have two separate rooms for the toilet room and the bathroom. In New Zealand, Australia and British Commonwealth countries, it’s common for bathrooms to not have a lavatory, but a separate toilet room next door. The toilet room is a small room that contains only a toilet and a small hand washbasin.
There are different variations of bathrooms.
Connected Bathroom – Also known as a Jack and Jill bathroom, a connected bath is located between two separate rooms. It is shared by those occupying the rooms. Each room has a door to the connected bath. A third door that allows access to the bathroom from the shared bedroom hallway may also be installed.
Ensuite Bathroom – An ensuite bathroom is attached to and can only be accessed from a bedroom.
Wetroom – It’s a waterproof room that usually includes a shower. A wetroom is designed to prevent moisture damage in a house.
Family Bathroom – It’s a full bathroom in a home.
Powder Room – Also called a guest bath, the powder room has a sink and toilet and is usually used by guests.
Different countries use different toilets and you may even be surprised at some of them.
Squat toilets are common throughout the world. Your feet are placed on either side of the hole and you can do your business. In Peru, you may want to be careful of sloths. These animals have been known for staying in local squat areas gorging on nature’s scraps. Toilet paper can be an issue based on what one’s business falls into such as ocean, a very deep hole and train tracks. Outside the United States and Europe, the quality of toilet paper may be sandpapery and you may need to pay for it.
Middle East, Europe and other countries prefer bidet toilets due to shortage of disposable paper products and cleanliness standards. Standard bidet toilets have a button or nozzle behind you and require you to lean forward. You can flush as usual. These toilets are common in Europe and the urban areas of Japan. In Eastern regions of the world, you can find shower and toilet combos. These toilets help people save water. The water nozzle is attached to the wall above the toilet. Spigot and bucket toilets are found in under-developed and rural areas in Taiwan and Egypt. A red bucket is filled from a spigot and poured over your call of nature.
Flying toilets are common in Kenya. These are defecated plastic bags thrown wherever people want.
Open-air urinals are becoming more common throughout Europe. This type of toilet only applies to men.