In today’s article – I want to create the ultimate toilet seat buying guide for you, with all the details of what you should look for. Practical by design and an essential addition to every home: toilets are a vital component of any bathroom, but they aren’t really an interesting part of our bathroom suites. We spend a lot of time choosing baths, basins and showers which are aesthetically pleasing and just the right shape for our space, but we don’t tend to devote anything like as much thought to choosing a toilet.
However, it is possible for a toilet to be a funky AND functional addition to your bathroom. Models have been designed specifically to save space, aid access, or add interest. And toilet designers know that consumer choice is key.
According to Mackie Plumbing and Gas, innovations in accessible toilet design are set to revolutionise the look and feel of wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Modern designers are looking to create easy to use designs that also look great and don’t stigmatise the user.
The results so far include some positively space-age styles with a pan and seat that’s separate from the cistern and can be used either way around: back up to it in the traditionally accepted manner, or slide on forward from a wheelchair. The cistern sections, meanwhile, incorporate a rest (which can be used against the chest or back) and handles, but their looks are fluid and stylish rather than chunky, bulky, and boring.
If saving space is key to your bathroom restyle, an all-in-one toilet and basin could be just what you’re looking for. These have been around for a while but I think it’s fair to say they haven’t caught on in most homes – perhaps due to the way they’re commonly designed. Adding the basin on top of the toilet cistern makes sense, but by adapting a traditional toilet model rather than starting from scratch, designers have inadvertently made the basin somewhat difficult to access – and I think a lot of people have reservations about washing their hands over the toilet, too.
A new design which caught my eye recently switches the emphasis from toilet with added basin to basin with added toilet. An L-shaped curve sits on the wall, housing the basin at its highest point and incorporating a toilet pan on the lower section. When the toilet seat is down, you’d barely notice that the toilet is there. Stylish, yet functional, and great for any bathroom where space is an issue.
If you prefer to keep your toilet and basin separate, however, corner designs of both pieces have also been around for a while and are standing the test of time. They save space and are especially useful in tiny, boxy rooms with limited wall space.
Meanwhile, wall hung toilets keep your bathroom floor clear and bring a spacious, clean feel to your smallest room. New designs and modern materials mean, too, that your choice is wider than ever before. Your toilet no longer needs to be a sensible white ceramic piece when bright primary colours, metallic finishes, exotic shapes and extravagant styles abound.
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