Blog » Healthy Tips

How Many Toilets are there Inside The Empire State Building?

June 12, 2014 | Fun Facts, Healthy Tips, Ideas, Toilet Accessories


"The other day I was looking at the Empire State Building and I wondered... how many toilets do you think are in there?"

It’s a natural thought process for us here at We’re in the toilet business after all. But once you get past the seemingly ridiculousness of this particular line of thought, the answer could be simply mind-boggling.

The Empire State Building, if you know your landmarks, is located in the one of the most popular cities in the world. New York City.

The Big Apple.

The City that Never Sleeps.

The Capital of the World.

Let’s do the Math

Technically, the ESB is often quoted to have 102 floors, but above that floor is the 103rd floor which is used, apparently, as a hotspot for the most exclusive amongst us.

So, being a historical landmark and one of the most visited buildings in all of New York, can you imagine the amount of restrooms they’re going to need for the celebrities (and their entourage), the daily influx of tourists (including their kids and their grandparents), international diplomats, business executives (and their lackeys subordinates).

Now have we got you thinking?


Fun fact: There are four million visitors to the Empire State Building per year! (Source: And that’s just from the 86th to the 102nd floor.

Let’s break it down a little further...

Each floor is roughly one hundred thousand square feet. That’s quite a lot of space for business offices, dining rooms, lounges, boardrooms, retail and banking services, as well as other amenities occupying the remaining floors from 86th downwards.

So, with so many persons trafficking throughout the building on a daily basis, the inevitable question quickly arises amongst its patrons:

Is there a restroom nearby that I can use?

Of course the contractors all those years ago would have so aptly made provisions for the inevitable, and extra bathroom fixtures would have been installed with the Empire State Building’s 2010 $550 million renovation project (Source: Wikipedia).

So here’s the math breakdown:

  • 4,000,000 visitors per year = avg. 300,000 + visitors per month, 10,000 per day.
  • Let’s say the average human pees 3-4 times per day. Each visit is typically 2 hours or more, and chances are that one in four people, (more if children are present) will want to use the restroom at least once per tour.
  • That’s 2500 trips to the can per day. If there was only one bathroom, and the average visit was 2.5 minutes – it would take 4.35 days for each visitor to use the toilet. That’s an epic wait.
  • If we wanted to reduce that wait time to 1 minute we’d need to so some really complicated math.

Calculations aside, for those of you who want a more accurate figure, then you’ll just have to be boring and go right to the actual amount. According to Homework Helper by Cha Cha, the Empire State Building contains roughly 2,500 toilets and sinks (Source: Homework Helper). For anyone who’s in the toilet business like we are, that’s a whole lot of ‘porcelain thrones’ for one kingdom…

So the next time you’re in the Big City and you happen to look up at the Empire State Building, you don’t have to wonder, like I did, how many toilets are in there, because you know that you’ll be totally covered…unless they run out of toilet paper… 

How often do you go to the bathroom?

June 05, 2014 | Handles For Toilet Seats, Healthy Habits, Healthy Tips, Toilet Accessories

Think…how often you go to the bathroom on a daily basis?  At least twice a day but probably more like 5 times a day, right?  Some of us go more than others, but it’s certainly a frequent occurrence for all of us.  

Now, this isn’t to call anybody’s hygiene into question, but how often do you wash your hands before you touch the toilet seat?

If you never wash your hands before touching the toilet seat – you are not alone.

The toilet seat is a prime hangout spot for the muck in your house.  Sure – the filth comes and goes and regular cleaning should keep the real bad guys away – but still…. Every time you touch the seat you are touching what is essentially an army of mess and germs.  

Any way you cut it – the toilet seat is one of the last things you should want to touch in your home.

But how are you supposed to get the toilet seat up without touching it? Are you going to wear a pair of latex gloves? Do you design and build a mechanism that opens up your toilet seat for conventional usage?

No – you buy the Shandle – toilet seat handle.

Shandles are a toilet accessory that promotes two things. Better hygiene around the house AND a convenient way of opening up the toilet without ever touching the seat.

Peal and stick the Shandle onto the underside of the seat and use it to lift and lower the lid up to 5 times a day or more if you need it!

Sometimes The Toilet Is Scary

November 22, 2013 | Healthy Tips
1 comment

For fun - check out this video of a dog who is wildly freaked out by the toilet. When it comes to fight or flight, this dog's a fighter for sure. If your kid is half as freaked out by the toilet as this dog - try a Shandle today!'s natural when you have not been properly introduced to something to find it scary. For little kids the toilet is mysterious and potentially a very intimidating object looming in the corner of their home.

It's not imaginary like a monster under the bed. It's real. It's the monster in the bathroom. Think for a second about what a toilet does. How it works and how it sounds. Loud, cold and makes things disappear. Freaky.

To some kids the toilet is "that big scary white thing over there"  Loud, wet and the lid slams down sometimes. For those unfamiliar, the toilet might just have the highest fear factor in the house. 

If you know a kid who is scared of the toilet a Shandle from our Tinkle Time Collection certainly can help to make it more friendly. The cute designs are intended to make the toilet a bit more approachable.