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„The Back To Wall Toilets Buyer’S Guide
Back to wall toilets come in a range of designs to suit any bathroom, and they are a great option for creating a sleek, modern look. If you’re planning a new bathroom and wondering which toilet to choose, a back to wall design has many benefits, and is a great alternative to the standard close coupled toilet. In this buyer’s guide we uncover all there is to know about back to wall toilets, to help you determine if this style is the right choice for your bathroom. Read on to discover more.
A back to wall toilet is where the pan is fitted fully to the wall or against a specially designed cistern unit. The cistern and all plumbing work is hidden in the wall or the unit, which provides a much neater finish to your bathroom. This creates a clean, contemporary look and is also a space saving solution for small bathrooms and en-suites too. At BigBathroomShop, all back to wall toilets are supplied with a soft close seat, so no more accidental bangs and slams.
Most back to wall toilets feature a modern design, but there are some traditional styles available for those who would prefer to create a more classic look.
Modern back to wall toilets typically feature curved or angular lines. Curved shapes are perfect for family bathrooms, while angular shapes are ideal for adding contemporary style.
If you have a compact bathroom, look out for small back to wall toilets, which feature a shorter projection than standard to help maximise space. There’s also compact back to wall toilet units; these have a slimline design to create more room.
All back to wall toilets are made from quality ceramic with a white glossy finish, which is easy to clean.
If you aren’t fitting your back to wall toilet directly against the wall, then yes, you will require a unit. The main advantage of a unit is that it makes installing your toilet a lot easier, compared to fitting the cistern and pipework in the wall. The unit even provides a handy shelf so you could create a pretty display or use it as extra storage space.
Back to wall toilet units are available in a range of finishes and colours such as white gloss and oak. They are available to buy separately or complete with the toilet. Another advantage of a unit, is that you can match it with other items of bathroom furniture such as a vanity unit, which allows you to create a coordinated look.
Installing a toilet without a unit makes installation more complicated, as you will require a stud wall or a boxed section to make room for the cistern and plumbing work. If you lack the DIY experience to create this, then you will need to hire a professional plumber to carry out the installation work.
An advantage of installing the cistern in the wall, is that it provides an opportunity to incorporate shelf space or a storage niche above the toilet. You could even fit a spotlight to draw the eye to a stylish display of candles or decorative objects.
If purchasing a back to wall toilet only (without a unit), then you will need a specially designed concealed cistern to complete the installation. These usually include the chrome flush button. Make sure the cistern has a dual flush to help save water.
Brownstone Boys: The Pros and Cons of Wall-Mounted Toilets
Editor’s note: Welcome to the 59th installment of Brownstone Boys Reno, a reader renovation diary about renovating a brownstone in Bed Stuy. See the first one here. They also blog at http://www.thebrownstoneboys.com.
As you scroll through beautiful bathroom-design inspiration photos you might notice a recurring theme. What is it that makes these pictures of bathrooms of your dreams so clean, modern and sleek? As you look closer you might notice that rather than the sometimes bulky, space-eating floor-mounted toilets there is a space-saving modern beauty mounted to the wall. Popular in Europe for their space-saving qualities, the wall-mounted toilet first made its way to restaurants, bars and public bathrooms in the U.S. and has recently become more popular if not the latest trend in bathroom design for homes. We considered it for our renovation and have spoken to many other renovators who are doing the same. So what are the pros and cons? And how do you go about getting one of your own?
Modern and Space-Saving
As we mentioned, wall-hung toilets have a very streamlined, modern look. The main reason is that the large and bulky tank of a floor-mounted toilet is hidden in the wall. The gives you the ability to eliminate the space required for the tank and even the several inches of space behind the toilet, resulting in up to 10 to 12 inches of additional floor space in the bathroom.
There is not much you can do to customize the height of a floor-mounted toilet. They do come in a couple of different options: standard height and comfort height (which is a few inches higher). A wall-mounted toilet can provide greater flexibility since it can be mounted at whatever height you would like.
Easy to Clean
Since a wall-mounted toilet sits above the floor, clean-up is a breeze. With no difficult or impossible to reach spaces, you can more quickly and thoroughly clean.
The biggest con to a wall-mounted toilet is the cost and effort they take to buy and install. Many times the tank and wall mounting assembly are sold separately from the actual toilet, which will also run more than a floor-mounted toilet. Steel is usually used to mount and provide the strength necessary to support the weight. This might not be as big of a concern when you are building the entire bathroom but when you’re retrofitting, it can be a very intrusive renovation. The water and waste lines will have to be relocated, the wall will need to be opened up considerably, the studs might even need to be moved (especially in older homes), and the floor where the old toilet sat will need to be repaired. You’ll also need to know if you have 2 by 4 or 2 by 6 studs before ordering the equipment since the sizing will be different.
Harder to Fix
There‘s no opening the lid to jiggle the mechanicals or easily replace a part. The tank is sealed up in the wall. If something goes wrong, the trouble and expense to fix a wall-mounted toilet can be considerable.
Since wall-mounted toilets are still gaining in popularity in the U.S. there are fewer options. Only a handful of companies are selling them and the ones that do only have one or a few models. We checked out the Kohler, Duravit, and Toto versions.
Close Coupled, Back to Wall or Wall-Hung Toilet?
When choosing a new toilet for your bathroom suite, you have the option of three different styles. The differences largely involve how the toilet is fitted within the room and how much space it takes up. Here at bathstore, all three are typically made from a similar material – vitreous china – and you can be sure of their high quality and durability, irrespective of style. They are also all available in a range of aesthetic styles from modern and angular to elegant and curved.
This short guide should take you through all the key features of each style, helping you choose which one is best for your bathroom.
This is perhaps the style of toilet you will most commonly find in the UK these days. Close coupled toilets have the cistern attached to the toilet bowl, creating one streamlined unit which combines both essential parts. The pipes are hidden within the casings of the toilet and their compact nature means they are perfect for fitting into small or awkward spaces. For example, if there is a minor recess in your bathroom wall, having a close coupled toilet fitted in there may make the most of the space. These toilets are both quick and easy to have installed, making them ideal for any bathroom suite.
In terms of price, these range from as little as £60 up to around £500 at the higher end of the spectrum. Typically, the most common price range is between £200 and £300; it is always wise to invest in quality for a product that could last for such a long time.
Because the cistern is not concealed, these toilets are taller than either wall-hung or back to wall, so if you want to fit a close coupled toilet into your bathroom, you want a space that is roughly 80cm tall, 36-38 cm wide and between 61 and 68 cm deep. These measurements can all vary depending on the individual toilet, so check the dimensions thoroughly before deciding which one is perfect for you and your space.
If you’re after a toilet which is both space-saving and contemporary, a back to wall toilet may be perfect. These have the toilet bowl fixed firmly against the wall, while the cistern – usually sold separately – is concealed within either a furniture unit or in the wall itself, accessible through either the unit panels or a flush panel fitted into the wall. The pipes are concealed along with the cistern, making it the ultimate in neat and tidy bathroom fittings. By just having the toilet bowl on show, this creates a real sense of space in the room, leaving the bowl in the ideal position for cleaning and maintenance.
Back to wall toilets do not require any support from a frame – they slot into the corner where the wall meets the floor, fitted firmly against both. This provides the security of a fitted toilet without the added hassle of installing a frame, leaving you with an elegant toilet which is both functional and stylish.
You can expect to pay anything between £60 and £300 for a back to wall toilet, with the majority falling into the £150-£250 range. As with all bathstore toilets, you can be sure of their quality and many come with a 10-year guarantee or even for a lifetime. In terms of the space required, these toilets tend to be between 37 and 43 cm tall, 35-41 cm wide and 47-56 cm deep.
One Piece vs. Two Piece Toilet: What’s The Difference?
Before you buy your next toilet, read this and see which option is best for your bathroom.
If you’ve never shopped for a toilet before, you might be surprised to learn there are different types. Here we’ll discuss the differences between the two most common types of toilets — one piece and two piece — and help you decide which to choose.
It’s simple: A two piece toilet has a separate tank and bowl, while a one piece is all connected. But there are other differences, too. One piece toilets are typically heavier and easier to clean, and there’s less space for bacteria to grow. Because two piece toilets feature a detachable tank, they’re more customizable for preferred styles and heights.
Both styles can include bells and whistles like bidet attachments or low-flow energy saving. Also, either can be shaped in the standard styles: elongated, which is slightly longer, and round.
Because one piece toilets are heavier, they can be more expensive to ship if you order one online.
Advantages of a Wall Hung Toilet
What happens if you encounter an issue with your toilet? In most cases, you can lift the cisterns and access the internals through there. However, with a wall hung toilet things are a bit different. A wall mounted toilet needs to be installed with flush plate. These plates very simply lift off and provide all the access you will ever need to the concealed cistern behind.
Wall hung toilets are becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms across the world. They boast many benefits compared to a conventional toilet which we will discuss in today’s article. There are a number of considerations to make before buying one for your bathroom suite. Read on to find out more.
This is possibly the biggest benefit that a wall mounted toilet showcases. The toilet pan is elevated from the floor which allows you to clean around and underneath the toilet with ease. When compared to a traditional toilet, there are no tight spaces where dust and dirt can build up. This means that you will not need to bend down and can instead simply use a mop. Additionally, there is no sealant securing the toilet to the ground that could discolour over time. A wall hung toilet can stand the tests of time with minimal effort.
Wall mounted toilet pans are an excellent option for cloakroom and small en-suite bathrooms. As they do not have a bulky cistern, they do not occupy too much space. They can be place near to other bathroom fixtures without the space feeling too cramped. Wall mounted toilets also provide the illusion of space as they make use of an empty space on the wall rather than the floor. However, you will need to find a good spot to install it in as there has to be room to conceal the hidden cistern and frame. With the use of stud walls and compact designs they are still your best bet for small spaces.
Wall hung toilets are often seen as futuristic and stylish. We can see why they are looked to as a great addition to contemporary bathroom designs. Wall hung toilets have a unique look and when they are teamed with a beautiful bathroom design they do not fail to impress.