A Guide On Back to Wall WC Units
One of the cleverest ways of maximising the space in a smaller bathroom is by installing a back to wall toilet. This type of toilet has a very modern appearance and is becoming a more popular choice for modern homes, but if you’re considering this sort of loo for your next bathroom renovation, here’s what you need to know.
How does it all work?
The main difference between a traditional toilet and a back to wall toilet is that with a back to wall toilet, the cistern is concealed. Sometimes, the toilet is part of a larger unit incorporating sink and storage, and in these cases the cistern is accessed through a lift-off panel. In other designs, the cistern is completely hidden in the stud wall construction of the bathroom, giving a much more streamlined and modern appearance. The cistern operates and flushed in the same way as any other toilet cistern; it’s just the appearance which is different.
Cost and Budget
Back to wall toilets might have that sleek, designer look to them, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that this sort of toilet doesn’t have to break the bank. Back to wall toilets are available at all price points, so whatever your budget you’ll be able to find the perfect product for your home. Remember also that back to wall toilets are often incorporated in great value bathroom furniture packs with matching sink and storage options too. If you’re conscious about how much water you’re using at home, look for back to wall toilets which come with a dual flush button option, one which allows you to use less water when you flush.
Most back to wall toilets are designed for the modern, contemporary bathroom and are all about sleek lines and simplicity of design. That’s not to say that there aren’t more traditional designs out there, so don’t rule it out completely if you’re fitting out a period property. Think also about coordinating items, especially if you’re planning to replace other items in your bathroom at a later date. When shopping online you’ll be given suggestions for coordinating items or other items in the same range and this can be a great source of ideas and inspiration.
If you are going for the type of back to wall toilet where the cistern is built into the wall, then this can be a fairly major construction job and could involve tiling a wall or plastering. Simple enough when you’re extending or converting a loft, but not ideal in an existing bathroom. Other types of back to wall toilets are self-contained units and are far easier to install, you just need to consider where your existing water and waste pipes are, and design the most efficient bathroom layout. Professional plumbers can help with this, and there are lots of bathroom design software websites available online to help you through these decisions and come up with the best plan for you and your family.