Did you ever stop to think about all of the words that we have in the English language for the word bathroom? Why do we have so many different names for the bathroom? Surely it’s not that people don’t understand what it is. But in different settings, we speak about it differently.

In an office: It’s the restroom.

In a plane: It’s the lavatory.

At home: It’s probably the bathroom.

In a restaurant: We’d say the Ladies or Men’s Room

Powder Room: hhmmmmmm, this might be a bit passe…


We thought it would be fun to share the origin of public restrooms, just in case you were looking for some random reading material.

According to Wikipedia, public toilets were commonly used in Ancient Rome, often in the proximity or as part of public baths. In the Middle Ages public toilets became uncommon, with only few attested in Frankfurt in 1348, in London in 1383, and in Basel in 1455.

In the early 19th century, large cities in Europe started installing public toilets. First in Paris, then in Berlin in 1820 and in London in 1851.

The modern public restroom is nothing like the original Roman public toilets. In fact, many are more luxurious than many of our own home bathrooms.

If you’re in a public restroom and find an inspiration in a fixture, a color, a surface or even a small nook, you might be able to replicate that in your own home. Take a photo and share it with us. We’d love to be able to help you create that perfect space.

So whatever it is you call the room in your house where you bath, Beeson can help you make it perfect.

Come to think of it, how many words are there for a kitchen? Oh, one. Just kitchen! (We can help in there too!)