- By Signature Home Services
- In Bathroom, Cleaning, Energy Conservation, Plumbing, Signature Home Services
You might not think of a toilet as something that can trend, but bathrooms are no stranger to remodeling fads. Laurel Bern posted a while back about a completely alarming bathroom trend that most of us can easily say “No way!” to, but it did get us thinking about toilets in general.
Spoiler alert: Laurel’s article pictures multiple bathrooms—and even simple toilet rooms—with glass doors! If there’s anything we’d like to keep private, that’d be it. Who’s with me??
Once you get past the alarming glass doors, you begin to focus in on the many styles of the toilets behind them. So, how do you choose a toilet? Glass door or not, there are more styles than you might have thought.
Admit it—the toilet probably wasn’t the first thing you thought of for your bathroom redesign! But it’s an essential piece to pick, and to pick well.
- Fancy flush capacities
Especially these days, flush capacity is a conversation to be had when choosing a toilet. A water-saving flush is good for the environment or for your water bill, whichever it comes down to for you. But you need the flush design to still get the job done.
Picking a toilet with a dual flush option can help you be conservative when you want a softer flush. These models are more popular now than ever, and you can practically have your pick between designers or brands with this feature.
- Wall mounted, tankless, and two-piece
If you do go tankless, you’ll probably have a wall-mounted toilet. These are easy to clean underneath, and it’s one less item to build around with your floor tiling. Just be sure it looks like an attractive fixture for your home, instead of the type of wall-mount toilet you’d see at the mall.
Two-piece toilets do have the advantage that you can set things on top of the tank, so your choice should also take into account the space you have in your bathroom.
- Look and design
You have all sorts of beveled styles of tanks and pipe encasements to look at in toilet shopping. Most of this will come down to taste, but be mindful of the size of your bathroom and location of your toilet.
For example, if your toilet will be installed close to the wall, an excess of porcelain lumps around the base will be harder to clean.
- The shape says it all
If you haven’t thought about it yet, take a sec to think about your space and comfort preferences for your toilet bowl. Elongated, or oval-shaped bowls, are most common and considered the most comfortable. But round bowls are good for saving space.
If you’re tempted by trends like a square bowl, be careful—a dated toilet is the last thing you want in your bathroom.
- The final touch
Even after all this talk about shape and style, you can imagine how a toilet seat can make all the difference in comfort. The good news is, you can always switch a seat out. In fact, after a number of years you’ll probably want to!
Just be careful when you’re toilet shopping, because some don’t come with a seat included. And if the seat is your deal breaker for a toilet you otherwise love, see what you can buy independently to install.
Once you start talking toilet height, finish, and the materials it’s made with, things can get even more complicated. That’s exactly where your interior designer comes in. Picking the right toilet means keeping the bathroom cleaner, too—there’s no such thing as an immaculate bathroom where there’s a toilet problem!
Remember to take advantage of toilet installation as an opportunity to check the plumbing, too. You definitely don’t want to install a new toilet just to tear it out to fix a pipe!
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