Choosing the right toilet for your bathroom

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The right choice of toilet depends as much on your personal needs and preferences as on the size and style of your bathroom. Looks are important, but there’s more to it than style alone. When choosing a new toilet, you should consider its height, width, projection, ‘rough in’, shape and overall design.

And if you’d prefer to choose a coordinated bathroom suites rather than selecting your bath, basin and toilet separately, your toilet specifications will of course be part of a package of requirements that will help you to narrow down a selection of bathroom suites and finally choose the right one for your space.

‘Rough in’

A toilet’s ‘rough in’ is the distance between the wall and the centre of the toilet’s sewer drain outlet. If you’re replacing an existing toilet and hoping to minimise plumbing work, checking that old and new rough in distances match is vital.


Your toilet’s height is a major comfort factor, especially if any members of the household have difficulty in sitting down or standing back up. A taller toilet is easier for elderly or infirm people to use without assistance.


If you have only a narrow space available for your toilet, choosing a narrower model of toilet is essential to ensure that there is enough space around the toilet for it to be accessed, used and cleaned around comfortably.


In a small bathroom, a short projection toilet can help you claw back a vital few centimetres of floor space. Remember, though, that a toilet with a very short projection will of necessity have a rounded or square toilet pan: this could have an impact on the comfort of the toilet.


The shape of the toilet pan is important from a comfort as well as a style perspective. An elongated shape is generally considered to be most comfortable; rounder shapes are more modern and save space and squared off designs can help give a bathroom an angular, contemporary look, but neither is likely to offer as much comfort as a traditionally shaped pan and seat.

Don’t forget, too, that choosing an uncommon shape of toilet pan could result in a limited choice of seats being available to you, and in your toilet seat being harder to replace in a few years’ time.


Not only should you choose a style which suits the look of your bathroom (a sleek, wall hung toilet for an ultra modern space, for example, or a high level toilet with plenty of detailing for a period bathroom), you should bear in mind that different shapes of toilet are more commonly available in different styles. Traditional toilets tend to be taller and have a more elongated bowl; modern toilets will often have a rounder bowl and shorter projection to suit smaller, modern bathrooms.

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