“Pittsburgh Potties” Aren’t The Only Weird Bathroom Setups Out There


We learned a lot from reading all your comments about Pittsburgh potties —namely that pre-war Western Pennsylvanian homes aren’t the only ones with thought-provoking toilets. Turns out that people put bathrooms in all sorts of places.

In terms of the toilet in the basement phenomenon, commenters also reported them in other working-class neighborhoods across America, including Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Above, a “Baltimore Throne” in Surfing Pizza’s basement, which he’s decked out with a shrine to Elvis.

New York apartments have their fair share of odd arrangements, like this Chinatown studio, seen on Streeteasy, which rented a couple of weeks ago for $1875 a month. If you can’t tell, that’s a shower stall hanging out next to the stove. The toilet, thankfully, has it’s own space way in the back of the apartment.

The “Frankurter Bad” (or Frankfurt bath) dates from the beginning of the 20th century, and is when the bathtub or shower sits in a niche off of the kitchen — sometimes separated by a sliding door or curtain. It was a practical decision, as bathrooms could share the same water and heating sources with the kitchen. According to commenter Cathrin Kamphausen, they still exist is some German pre-war houses, even if the home has been fully renovated. Above, a current Airbnb listing, where you can see the shower around the corner, sharing the plumbing with the kitchen.

DW Akademie warns visitors that Berlin bathrooms were often retro-fitted with facilities, and remain that way today. Above, a German shower tucked away in an old kitchen cabinet.

Unique Assemblage did their own modern interpretation of the Frankfurter Bad with this renovated apartment’s layout. The bath area is just tucked around the corner from the kitchen, divided by a mirrored pocket door. You can read more about their concept and see the full floorplan here.

(Image credit: via NextDoor)

And lest you think this is limited to pre-war apartments, don’t forget this San Francisco pad, which was renovated recently and features a combined kitchen and bathroom. The apartment, which we guess is 200 square feet tops, rents for $2,000 a month.

Remember this Tokyo apartment? That’s the entryway door right there, with the toilet also right there. Yep, right there.

What other strange bathroom set-ups have you seen?

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