What Is A Pony Wall And What Is It Used For?

Along with finding pony walls near staircases and kitchens, they’re most commonly found in bathrooms as they can add additional privacy to the room while still maintaining an airy, open concept feel. In particular, pony walls are often used to block off certain areas of the bathroom, including the toilet and the shower, and tend to be found in larger bathrooms like master bathrooms, according to Architecture Lab.

In terms of how they’re used alongside toilets, pony walls can act as a barrier between the toilet and other parts of the bathroom, whether it’s the vanity, the shower, or the tub. A great substitute for private water closets in bathrooms that are lacking in square footage, pony walls can also offer homeowners extra storage options as they provide more wall space to hang towel racks and can be customized with built-in shelves and niches too.

Overall though, pony walls located in the bathroom are generally covered in either drywall or tile, but in some cases can be a mix of the two. For showers, the wall is normally tiled and can act as a splash guard and a support system for other parts of the shower like glass walls or bench seating, similar to a banquette in a kitchen (via MYMOVE). As for tubs, pony walls are generally tiled depending on the type of tub and its height, as well as whether or not the tub is included in a wet room with a shower.

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