Buying a new toilet may seem totally daunting — one piece or two? round or elongated? what is a rough-in? — but with a little education you can skip ahead to the fun part, like looking at all the different designs, styles and colors. Here's a quick little guide to get you started with the basics…
What's a "rough-in"?
The first thing you'll want do before you go toilet shopping is to measure from the wall to the center of the bolts at the base of the existing toilet. This measurement is called the rough-in. When you're shopping around for toilets you'll see that the standard "rough in" is 12 inches. If you're measurement is anywhere between 11 and 13 inches, you should be OK with a 12 inch. Toilets with 10 and 14 inch rough-ins are also available for odd sized spaces.
How Low Can You Go?
As I mentioned in a previous post, comfort height toilets sit a little higher than a standard toilet. At a height that's similar to a chair, one mustn't squat quite so low. (They don't call it comfort for nothing!) This is great for anyone with back, knee or hip issues and it will also keep you ADA compliant.
Round or Elongated?:
There are two basic shapes for toilets bowls — round and elongated. Elongated bowls are often considered more comfortable but round toilets can save on space. If you're working in cramped quarters, you may want to consider a round bowl. Or at least measure both shapes out in your bathroom before making a decision. And then there are square shaped toilets. I don't get those. Who has a square butt?
Have you replaced a toilet recently? What's your advice to a novice toilet shopper? Leave you tips, advice and lessons learned in the comments below.
(Images: 1. Laure Joliet / Matt's Eclectic Luxury House Tour. All others: As credited above.)