Are you buying a new loo? If you’ve revamped your bathroom with a new toilet or even if you’re just fed up with the old one, you might want to consider a toilet unit.
Traditionally, a toilet isn’t really a pretty thing to look at. They are a functional thing needed in every home but they’re not usually known for design and you certainly wouldn’t make a feature of one! A unit surrounding the pipes and cistern of your toilet gives you the chance to hide the unsightly fixtures that come with your toilet.
Toilet units come in wood, acrylic and metal and can give your toilet a sleek look and really make it part of the overall decor of your bathroom, rather than just a practical addition. You can also get designs with shelves behind the toilet or a cupboard to give you extra storage space if needed.
Colours and materials
Wood gives your bathroom a touch of warmth, using materials like oak and walnut, and it will lend a more traditional feel to your room. If you want to make a bold statement, a brightly coloured or dark coloured unit will contrast against the white of your toilet and make it more of a feature in your room.
A glossy finish like acrylic is another option, but these high-shine materials do tend to attract dust and show up marks, so it might not be too practical if you have little ones in your home!
Benefits of using a toilet unit
One of the main reasons people choose to install a toilet unit is to hide pipes and cisterns. These are a necessary part of your toilet but even though the design has come a long way since the invention of the loo, they are still not the most attractive things to look at.
Another good side is that there’s less hassle involved. Usually, installing pipes and cisterns means drilling frames into the wall or fitting a partition to cover the back of a wall mounted toilet. While the pipework is hidden, it can still be easily accessed if you need to do maintenance or repairs.
Featured in the image above Noble Classic WC Unit
Large or small
There is a wide range of toilets and toilet units available, so you can rest assured there will always be something to fit your bathroom space. Typically, units are between 76cm and 85cm tall and about 50cm to 70cm wide. There isn’t much variation in these standard sizes but it is always worth carefully measuring the space you want to install your toilet unit to make sure your chosen unit will fit.
If you’re thinking about adding a toilet unit to your downstairs cloakroom or en-suite, but don’t think you’ll have enough space, think again. There are a number of space-saving designs which will fit into your cloakrooms or smaller bathrooms to give you a sleek look without using up the floor space. Some designs even come with built-in cupboard space, so you can save space while also clearing away the clutter from your cloakroom.
Featured in the image above Roper Rhodes Hampton WC Unit
Fitted or Modular Bathroom Furniture
Generally toilet units come in two different types – fitted or modular. Fitted furniture is normally units that are connected together. So you might see the toilet unit and the matching basin units and a cupboard all looking as though they are one big unit. These units are ordered separately and can be mixed and matched to make a variety of configurations. Generally, you will have on worktop that covers the all the units giving the impression that the units are all part of the same units. When you are choosing the units you require you will have the option on the page to see the other matching units and find the correct worktop for the units you are adding to your basket. For traditional fitted units, we would recommend looking at the bathroom furniture collections from Burlington and Roper Rhodes. For contemporary take a look at the bathroom furniture from Britton.
Modular toilet Units are standalone units that are not connected to other furniture. They may be used in conjunction with other furniture and placed close by. For contemporary units, we would recommend looking at Geberit and Britton. For traditional we would advise checking out the bathroom furniture from Burlington & Old London.
Featured in the above image Burlington Back To Wall WC Unit
The majority of the cistern units we sell come with their own concealed cisterns and buttons. Some manufacturers do not specify the cistern with the unit, so we would recommend using a Geberit Furniture Cistern. If you are not sure please refer to the product description as it will confirm what comes with the unit.
With traditional toilet units, you will typically have either a small flush button or a choice of a lever controlled cistern. With contemporary cisterns, there will be an option for either a small flush button or a larger flush plate, similar to the ones you see on wall hung concealed cisterns.
Access & Maintenance
The main draw for most people for a toilet unit over using a concealed cistern in the wall is that the toilet unit gives you a greater degree of freedom to access and maintain the unit. As the cisterns are located in the unit you have the ability to take the top off the unit and conduct any repairs needed.
Wall Hung & Tablet Cisterns
The first of these we saw was introduced by Geberit and it was essentially wall hung frame and cistern packaged in steel and glass that went against the wall as opposed to within the wall. It’s really handy if you do not have space in the wall cavity to use a wall hung frame and cistern, and it really becomes a beautiful focal point of your bathroom. Since the inception of Geberit’s Tablet Cistern, we have seen them introduce a back to wall version.
Featured in the image above Geberit Monolith Cistern
Eco-friendly designs help you save the planet – and money!
Using less water is important to many homeowners. The majority of toilets sold as part of a toilet unit package come with a dual flush design. This means you can choose either four or six litres of water per flush, which cuts down on waste and keeps water use to a minimum.