Where Should I Put The Toilet?

Bathroom renovations can be daunting as you have so many decisions to make with some you didn’t even know was a decision to make. Where to put the toilet is just one of those on long list choices you need to make at the start, so let us help you navigate.

The toilet is one of the most used items in the bathroom so if done wrong its a daily reminder of a layout gone pear-shaped. Some people will sell you on the style and latest in toilet technology but deep down the two things to keep in mind for me is layout and the quality of the seat. I know that sounds silly but I’m all for the practical. Some toilet seats slide or cant be adjusted and that will annoy you quicker than the look of a button display you spend hours deciding.  Below are examples of bathroom renovations mainly en-suite renovations done in Perth with some quick tips to help (I’m all about the pictures it helps more than words)

Do I like looking at the toilet?

Ask yourself this first. If it doesn’t bother you then great! The layout options are wide-ranging but if it does bother you it’s important to locate the toilet where its hidden from sight and not immediately visible when you open the door. Below is a bathroom renovation we completed in Scarborough, Western Australia. This renovation is an example of when you look into the ensuite you cant see the toilet at first only when you enter the room. Often this layout of all on the same wall is one of the best options you can do

Will anything knock my toilet?

The biggest blunder here is forgetting about the reach of shower doors when they swing open. There is nothing worse than having a toilet sitting so close to the shower the door makes contact. Below is a bathroom renovation we did in Shelley, Western Australia and this is an issue when they use the bathroom, however, spacing wise this was something they excepted. Ideally, you don’t want any knocking together of screen and toilet but sometimes you can’t avoid it.

Below is a bathroom renovation in Dianella, where the shower avoids the toilet but the vanity is located more towards it. This is the other bathroom item that may hinder your toilet location.

Finally, this bathroom renovation in Canning Vale is one of the best examples of layouts. Sometimes just converting the layout of the screen to a three panel will avoid knocking with the added bonus of this layout hiding the toilet view.

I do recommend drawing it out with a pencil on the floor with all the measurements to give you a better idea of if the vanity or shower will swing into the toilet.

Will my toilet get wet on the outside?

Once you have a practical place for the toilet it’s important to make sure it’s not getting soaked. Now in a wet room set up, it’s hard but if it has been designed so the glass screen closest to the toilet runs alongside where a person would sit its perfect to avoid splash. The bathroom renovations In Lesmurdie, Roleystone and Mount Lawley below are all examples of this

Below is an example of the opposite of the layout we are describing bordering closer to a wet room.

Who will be using the toilet

It’s important to take into consideration who will be using the toilet. Are they elderly? and need high support? is it mostly children needing it a little lower. Who will use the space is important to take into consideration but, and here is a but I would keep it a neutral height for catering to everyone unless this renovation is specific to someone’s needs.

How does my toilet look?

If you don’t have much space you can take into consideration the concept of concealing your toilet system. A concealed cistern (such as the one pictured) is just made for scenarios like yours. If in doubt, explore your options. On the flip-side, take a look at this bathroom where space is a lot more generous. Just imagine how awkward a concealed cistern would look in this set-up. Instead, a larger, traditional toilet suits the room perfectly and the wooden lid ties the entire look together.

Can my toilet even be put where i want?

Once you have decided on your style the next consideration is can it be done. One of the most expensive styles of renovation is anything that involves the toilet plumbing. Often introducing a new toilet or moving it across the room will require quite a lot of plumbing so start the quoting and consultation process. Different outlets and different requirements can change the layout you have come up with.

The toilet is not the most attractive of amenities, so it makes no sense for it to be positioned smack bang in the center of a space where one’s eye line is immediately drawn. Keep in mind it’s not very often a toilet is the feature of your bathroom so try not to spend too much time stressing about the look. Most of them are back to wall now making the outside easier to clean but the inside not so much. There are more choices like the rimless toilet but install a toilet in a location that suits your overall need for the room, the shower is often the most important part and we all dictate the room from that. P.S below is bathroom renovation we just completed in Maylands, Western Australia I did the before and after just so I can show you that when people build homes they don’t always take the practical side into consideration the toilet almost is the length of the shower and the owners hated it. Just by recessing it back you make the room feel so much bigger.

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. If you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia just email us at smallbathroomrenovations@gmail.com – Small Bathroom Renovations Perth

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