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Tips for Choosing The Right Toilet

From its creation in the early 16thcentury, the flush toilet is now an essential part of everyone’s home. Modern toilets come in many shapes, sizes and colors. While most of us don’t give it much thought, you can truly customize your toilet to your bathroom needs.

There could be many reasons you’re looking to invest in a new toilet, such as a bathroom remodel or preparing for a home sale. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about choosing the right toilet for your home.

Toilet Function

Above anything else, the purpose of a toilet is purely for its function. You want to make sure your toilet meets your family’s needs. Start by measuring your bathroom and evaluating the space where you want your toilet to go, as you want to make sure yournew toilet will fit in your bathroom. Here are a few factors to consider.


Toilets generally come in two different heights. Standard height is most common, about 14” to 15” tall. Comfort height toilets are between 17” and 19” tall. Installing a comfort height toilet makes it easier to sit down and stand up. These are also ADA compliant toilets, with the height being exceeding 16.5”. Comfort heights are easier for seniors and people with back problems to use as well.

Bowl Shape

There are three common bowl types when it comes to toilets; compact elongated, elongated and round-front. Elongated is the larger of the three, providing about an extra 2” to the bowl area compared to the round-front shapes. Compact elongated toilets are shorter, so they reduce the amount of space needed, but keep the general shape. Round-front is a smaller bowl, generally good for families with young children or smaller bathrooms.

Flushing Types

Two standard flushing systems exist. A gravity flushing system is what you’ll likely find in most residential homes. This flushing type uses the force of gravity to remove waste when the lever is pushed. Since there are fewer parts needed, toilet repairs tend to be minimal and inexpensive.

Pressure-assisted flush systems are the more expensive option. This system uses a tank within the larger tank to create air pressure, forcing water into the bowl. This system is a good choice for families wanting to reduce clogs. However, because there are more parts, it can require more maintenance.

Choosing The Right Faucet Design

While some may be overwhelmed just by the thought of a bathroom remodel, others, like myself, see the countless possibilities that lie ahead. It’s an opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and trust me, when it starts it, won’t stop. Choosing the right faucet design is just one part of the many decisions that you will have to make. So, if you’re already rolling your eyes, this is for you. Below are three steps to choosing the rightfaucet design. This will hopefully make your job a bit easier and give you the motivation needed to start that bathroom remodel you’ve been dying to get done.

Regardless of the faucet design you ultimately choose, go for quality and integrity of the faucet’s parts. You want something that’s durable, but also within your price range. With that said, consider the following design elements when choosing the right faucet design for your remodeling project.

Style & Design

When looking to imitate an Old World or Tuscan style design, Barbara Kaplan, interior designer and principal of Design Dimensions in Phoenix suggested choosing oil rubbed finishes. In her interview with HGTV, Kaplan states that because the finish offers a brownish, burnt tone, it stands out wonderfully in a cabin or cottage setting.

In the above photo, oil rubbed fixtures are paired with a white marble countertop, marble backsplash, neutral paint and a gold framed mirror to create a warm and inviting space.

Let’s say you want a Scandinavian style bathroom, then you probably want to go with chrome fixtures. On the other hand, nickel hardware allows for a more elegant design. This type of fixture is best used in a guest bathroom or powder room, where you get to be more creative because of the smaller size.

Layouts for Your Small Bathroom

unduhan-6Taking a bath should be one of the easiest ways to relax after a long day. You can either unwind in your hot tub or let a rainfall shower wash away your stress. Yet, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a lavish bathroom that can fit luxury fixtures. Chances are, you live with a small bathroom, where you always bump into the door or vanity when you undress or step into the shower. What’s worse, your bathroom can’t accommodate more than one adult. Hence, you’ll agree that having a bath is indeed a daily struggle, causing more stress.

Don’t fret just yet. Before you throw a bunch of money in bathroom expansion, try to re-examine the layout of your existing bathroom. A well-planned layout will help solve the above issues, but beware, you’ll have to make a few compromises, such as tearing out your tub.

Below, I picked several ideal layouts that can work with five of the most common small bathrooms. By simply rearranging the layout, you can make a BIG difference and keep the same footprint.

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Small Full Bathroom

Dimensions: 40 square feet (5’ x 8’)

Fixtures: Sink, toilet and tub shower combo or luxury shower

A full bathroom usually requires a minimum of 36 to 40 square feet. A 5’ x 8’ is the most common dimensions of a guest bathroom or a master bathroom in a small house. If you happen to have this standard-sized small bathroom, there are two different layouts you can consider. Based on your bathing habits, you can either go with a modest tub-shower combo or opt for a fancy shower with multiple shower heads. No matter what you choose, you should be able to towel off comfortably without hitting your door or toilet.

According to House Plans Helper, the position of the door doesn’t really matter. Nonetheless, for aesthetic reasons, you may want to hide your toilet from the entrance view.

Small Third-Quarter Bathroom

Dimensions: 36 square feet (6’ x 6’)

Fixtures: Sink, toilet and standard shower

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Another common size you can find in small bathrooms is 6’ x 6’. Although this square floor plan meets the minimum requirement of a full bathroom, I’d recommend using it as a third-quarter bathroom. Here are a few reasons. A bathtub will take up too much space in your tiny bathroom, not to mention its bulky look will make your bathroom feel even more cramped. On the contrary, a third-quarter bathroom only comes with a sink, toilet and shower, helping declutter your tiny space.

To open your small square bathroom and create a smooth traffic flow, you canposition your shower or vanity in the corner.