POWDER ROOM 411
If you’re not using a typical event space, you have to bring in all the essentials. Read on for the loo-down.
One stall for every 75 guests, assuming a “his” and a “hers,” is the absolute minimum, according to Natalie Litera Jones, director of operations at Service Sanitation, in Gary, Indiana. “But you don’t want your guests standing in line,” she says. “Adding [about 50 percent] more will get them in, out, and back on the dance floor.”
If guests will be driving a distance to the reception, Birch suggests adding extra toilets to avoid long lines when everyone arrives. Some rental companies have planning calculators to help you account for such details.
You’ll need access to power and water sources (or portable water tanks), flat ground (pavement is preferable to dirt), and room for trucks to get in and out.
For the nicest restroom experience, skip carnivalstyle porta-potties. They lack running water, counter space, mirrors, and fully self-contained waste tanks—making them very quickly unpleasant. Instead, Jones suggests a restroom trailer, which provides all those accommodations, plus indoor washbasins and private stalls. Some even offer high-end bells and whistles like hardwood floors, marble counters, skylights, and flat-screen TVs— nice splurges if your budget allows.
New Vs. Used
Birch says that the newest portables are nicest. “They feel clean and bright,” she says. “I prefer a brand-new restroom trailer with laminate counters to an older model with marble.”
The Bottom Line
“Portable restrooms can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars,” says Jones. Aside from optional features, the biggest variable is delivery. “If you rent from a company that has to drive far to get to your venue, it’s going to increase your fee substantially.” So find a local source if you can.