For most people, porta potties bring images of dirty, smelly, plastic rooms designed to make your personal business as public as possible.  They are usually brightly colored and often placed in prominent locations so they can be easily found.  However, when hosting an event, the last thing you want people to see is a bright blue plastic room in which to do their business.

Here are some ways to disguise portable toilets and still keep them accessible to guests. 

Rental Tents

Concealing toilets inside a rental tent will create a better looking “building” for portable potties and give people a place to wait for an unoccupied unit.  Designate one tent for women and one tent for men.  The tents can be lit and decorated to match the theme of the party.

Use signs that also match the decor to assign gender and discretely point the way for guests.  To help create a more upscale feeling, set up a small table inside each tent with sanitation and beauty supplies such as hand sanitizer, lotion, mints, and perfume or aftershave.


If a rental tent isn’t in the budget, strategically placing the portable buildings can create a feeling of privacy.  Hide the units behind a nearby building or behind a row of trees.  A sheet or tarp hung up between two trees could also create a cheap and easy hiding place.  Lattice is a little more expensive, but makes a screen that can be decorated with foliage, or tulle to camouflage potties.  Just be sure guests can still find their way to the bathroom once it’s hidden. 


A suitable place may not be available to conceal your bathrooms.  In this case, hide them in plain sight.  Add some humor to the situation by making the porta potties part of the decor.  For a wedding, use cardstock to decorate one as a bride and the other as a groom.  A cow and bull would be funny for a barbecue.  Drape them with sheets to create a tent-like look or cover them with flowers.  Keep in mind, the purpose of a party is to have fun, so be creative. 

Portable bathrooms often get a bad rap because they’ve been left unattended in a public location for too long.  No one is taking care of the upkeep so they become messy and smelly.  During your event, be sure to assign potty duty to someone.

Keep the toilet paper stocked, the room wiped down, and air freshener handy and your guests will be comfortable and grateful to you for the extra thought.  Some rental companies offer this service as part of their package so ask your provider.  If you want more help or have other questions, consider contacting a company like Pitton Portable to learn more.