Bathroom Stuff

Employers, it is YOUR restroom. You may have whatever you want in your own restroom, but have a reason that makes sense, and have some class about it. This is your facility. You can do with it as you please. This is true at home and at work...for the most part.

In our bathrooms at home, we have all kinds of things: Notes, signs, towels, robes, shower caps, stockings, calendars, toothpaste, wallpaper, and so on. (Yes, toothpaste!)

In my bathrooms at home, I have only three things on the walls:

  1. A cabinet for medicinal purposes
  2. A towel rack for towelage and
  3. A decorative sign with encouraging words…you know, in case I need a little encouragement…in the bathroom…You know what I mean.

At workplaces, we must be careful to balance comfort with privacy and tact. Over the years, I’ve gotten varieties of questions about what can go in restrooms, on restroom doors, walls and so on. In the interest of brevity, here are some DO’s and DON’T’s for employers based on questions and interactions I’ve had in the past.


  • Pictures (only of flowers, mountains, sea shells, water, and/or sunshine)
  • Ticker Tape (Yup, tickertape)
  • Air Fresheners (not only allowed, but encouraged)
  • Paint (fresh coats regularly)
  • Chalkboards


  • Pictures of coworkers or coworkers family members!
  • The Associated Press News Feeds – (breaks’ll be too long)
  • Employment labor law posters
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Workplace Bulletin Board Announcements
  • Soda machines and food-vending machines
  • Ceiling mirrors
  • Stereo equipment
  • Hot dog and lemonade stands!
  • Chalkboards {shrug}

If you have any questions about anything specific, please ask below.  I’ll let you know!



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