WCs and suites

If you’re looking for advice on how to choose the most appropriate style of toilet for your bathroom or cloakroom, here are a few words of advice.

Visit any bathroom retailer and you’ll soon find that popular toilet designs include close-coupled toilets, wall-hung toilets and back-to-wall toilets.

You can check them all out with the help of our guide to understanding the differences:

This is what most people’s mental picture of a toilet looks like. Close-coupled WCs are popular, easy to install and usually available in a wide variety of styles from traditional to contemporary. A close-coupled toilet pan sits on the floor with its cistern fixed to the wall above. They are also available in many smaller varieties suitable for cloakrooms and smaller bathrooms.
Another style associated with uncluttered, contemporary bathroom design. The back-to-wall toilet has its cistern boxed into the wall or hidden in a cabinet while the pan sits on the floor. This kind of toilet is also available in compact versions that are ideal for smaller bathrooms.
Associated with modern and minimalist designs, wall-hung toilets are also easy to clean and good for maximising the appearance of space. Wall-hung toilets have a boxed-in cistern with the pan hung from the wall. This means fitting is more of a challenge than with a close-coupled design and will require careful installation, especially when ensuring the fixings are strong enough to take the user’s weight.
High- and low-level
Two slightly more unusual designs – but they can help to expand your design options. High-level toilets are useful for creating an authentic traditionally-styled bathroom. A high-level cistern is joined to the toilet pan with a long water pipe and a traditional pull chain. Low-level toilets are also great for creating a classic-looking bathroom.

For extensive information on choosing the right bathroom suite, we recommend visiting the Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association website here.