Aside from the performance, efficiency, durability, and other features a toilet has to offer, you should also take its dimensions and size into consideration. Two specific features to check are the toilet bowl shape and the seat height, both of which can impact the fit of your toilet within your bathroom as well as your comfort while using.
In today’s guide we will go more into details about the importance of knowing the measurements of a toilet.
Toilet Bowl Shape
The shape of a toilet bowl plays an essential role in the comfort of a toilet. If you need a comfortable model, elongated toilet bowls are ideal for you. They feature a pear-shaped design and are usually about three inches longer than round bowls. On the other hand, round bowls have a circular design and are a much better option if you are looking to save up some space. If you want the best of both, however, look for an elongated compact design that is both comfortable and space efficient.
Although it may not seem important, seat height is a key factor to take into consideration. Don’t forget your physical needs as well as your height while choosing the seat height. The standard seat height that can be found with most households nowadays is from 15 to 17 inches. However, people that are 6 feet tall or taller should aim for right height toilets. These toilets are usually 17 to 19 inches off the ground, and are also ideal for the elderly as they’re easier to sit on than shorter toilets. Similarly, right height toilets are also much better than the standard units for people with any sort of movement disabilities. On the other hand, if many children or shorter individuals will be using the toilet, it could be worth going for a shorter model.
How To Properly Measure A Toilet
Beyond features that impact comfort, it is essential that you know what measurement to consider and take into account while buying a new toilet. Your new toilet must perfectly fit in your bathroom, or otherwise you will waste your time and money.
There are a few key measurements to evaluate:
1. Depth of Toilet
First, measure from the back to the front of a toilet. Industry standard is to have at least 25 inches of space in front of your toilet. Leaving this space ensures you will have a lot of room to freely move around the toilet. Furthermore, there will be enough space so your shower or bathroom door won’t come in contact with the toilet.
2. Toilet Width
Another extremely important measurement is the toilet width. Therefore, measure from the right to the left edge of your toilet tank and seat (wherever is widest). Aim for about 30 inches of space for your toilet regardless of where it is being placed. If your toilet is wider than expected, it could lead to running into nearby objects, or it may not fit in your bathroom altogether.
Finally, the rough-in measurement is the most important dimension to keep in mind while buying a new toilet. If a toilet you are looking to buy doesn’t match the rough-in you already have, you won’t be able to connect the toilet. Most bathrooms nowadays have a 12-inch rough-in, but it is not unusual to come across a 14-inch or a 10-inch rough-in. Some toilets come with adjustable rough-in features, but make sure whichever toilet you plan on installing will be compatible with your bathroom’s rough-in.
Buying a new toilet can get very complicated as there are numerous factors you must consider. As you can see, aside from performance, comfort, and efficiency, the dimensions are also a key factor. Luckily, measuring can be quite simple as all you need is a tape measure. By keeping these details in mind, you’ll ensure your toilet fits within your bathroom and offers the maximum comfort for users.