These days, we’re seeing more wall-hung toilets in bathrooms all over the country. Thanks to the many advantages that these modern toilets offer, it isn’t surprising that they’re becoming increasingly popular, but if you’re ready to choose a new toilet for your cloakroom, ensuite, or family bathroom, you may be interested in finding out more about this toilet type and whether or not they’re right for your needs.
What is a Wall Hung Toilet?
Wall hung toilets get their name from the way that they are positioned. The pan hangs from the wall itself, leaving room below to make cleaning easier. The perfect choice for contemporary, stylish bathrooms, wall hung toilets appear to be floating above the ground thanks to the concealed cistern mechanism and metal frame that is mounted within the wall.
Why choose a Wall Hung Toilet?
The main reason for choosing a wall hung toilet is for its modern style and sophisticated look. Thanks to their floating appearance, they have a contemporary aesthetic that is ideal for state-of-the-art bathrooms.
As an added advantage, a wall hung toilet is also a good choice if you have a small bathroom or need a toilet for a compact cloakroom. Not only do these toilets have a shorter projection than regular ones, but they also help to create the illusion of more space in your room. As there is no visible cistern on the toilet pan, a wall hung toilet takes up far less room in the space, and that means it can also be easily placed more closely to shower enclosures or other furniture without causing an access issue.
Of course, you will need to factor in sufficient space to hide the frame and cistern, but if you plan it carefully, you’ll find that the most up-to-date compact designs make a wall mounted toilet a great choice for your small bathroom.
One further reason to consider choosing a wall hung toilet is that it is far easier and quicker to clean this type of toilet than a standard toilet. Since it hovers off your bathroom floor, that makes it easy and speedy to clean underneath and around the bowl without any obstructions.
There are no places for dirt and dust to become trapped in, and there is no sealant needed to hold the toilet in position on the floor which could discolour with time. Even better, our wall-mounted toilets come with smooth sides which can be wiped clean easily for the most hygienic and sanitary toilet solution.
How to choose a Wall Hung Toilet
If you’re considering investing in a wall hung toilet for your bathroom, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to ensure you’ve made the right decision.
- Do you have enough space to fit the cistern and frame into the wall? A wall hung toilet has a concealed cistern as well as a metal frame, both of which must be fitted into the wall to support the weight of the toilet itself and to allow it to flush.
- What kind of design would you like? Wall hung toilets come in both square and round designs, so you’ll need to choose the one that suits your preferences best.
- How much effort do you want to put into maintaining your toilet? Smooth sided rimless wall hung toilets are far easier to clean than standard rimmed wall hung toilets, as there is no rim to harbour harmful germs or prevent hygienic cleaning. That also means that a rimless wall hung toilet is the most sanitary choice for your home too.
Common Questions Answered
If you’re ready to find out more about wall hung toilets, here are some answers to the most commonly-asked questions about these modern fixtures.
How much weight can a wall hung toilet take?
The good news about wall hung toilets is that they are capable of taking a lot of weight if they are properly installed. They should be able to comfortably support a weight of around 30 stone (200 kilograms) or even more.
Although it’s advisable not to “drop down” heavily onto your wall hung toilet, especially if you’re of a larger build, you’re very unlikely to damage your toilet or pull it down from the wall. Of course, a wall hung toilet will only be able to withstand the maximum weight limit if it’s installed and fitted by a professional, so using the services of an experienced plumber is always recommended.
How do you fit a wall hung toilet?
If you’re going to install a wall hung toilet in your bathroom, the first step is to have a stud wall or section built so that it can accommodate the mounting frame and cistern. Even if you already have a solid wall behind your toilet, it would require additional support behind it, and it might not be the most convenient option, since it would still be necessary to find enough space to accommodate the toilet cistern on the opposite side of the wall, which could be in a bedroom or corridor.
The frame will give the toilet the support it needs to remain firmly in place, and will also support the cistern too. Meanwhile, there will also be incorporated flush buttons in a handy and easily accessible location.
A waste pipe will also be integrated into the toilet’s mounting frame, and that makes it simple to connect the toilet to the waste outlet. There are different styles of flush buttons and frames for you to choose from to suit your needs and preferences.
It's always advisable to use the services of a professional plumber to fit your wall hung toilet so that you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your fixtures will be installed correctly and safely.
What do you need to fit a wall hung toilet?
To fit your wall hung toilet, you will need a frame and cistern set. Wall hung toilets are sold separately from these components, but it’s clear that the toilet won’t flush without a cistern to hold the water, and won’t be able to be supported against the wall without a frame!
Can you fit a wall hung toilet in a WC unit?
Although it’s technically possible to fit a wall hung toilet in a WC unit, it isn’t advisable to do this. We never recommend purchasers take this option as a stud wall represents the best option for securing your toilet in position and ensuring that it is durable and strong enough for use.
Can you set a wall hung toilet at any height?
In most cases, it’s possible to set your wall hung toilet at any height since this type of toilet has some height flexibility built in. You don’t need to install a wall hung toilet at any specific height, but it’s important to choose a height that is comfortable for use, not only by you yourself, but also the other people that will be using it.
Often, it’s best to measure your existing toilet’s height (as long as it feels comfortable to use) so that you can determine the most appropriate height for hanging your new wall hung toilet. Bear in mind that the adjustability of any wall hung toilet will be subject to the adjustability of the frame that you choose to accompany the toilet itself.
How do you get to the cistern on a wall hung toilet?
When you have a regular toilet with an easily accessible cistern, it’s easy to see how to resolve a problem should experience an issue with flushing. However, if you choose a wall hung toilet and experience a problem, you may wonder how to get to the cistern since it will be concealed inside a wall behind the toilet itself. Luckily, it isn’t as difficult to access the cistern as you might imagine.
A wall hung toilet is mounted onto a frame which is attached to timber studs behind a wall. Plasterboard is fitted over the frame and a panel for hidden access will be built into the plasterboard. Our wall hung toilet systems come with an access panel located right behind the flush panel.
Therefore, to access the cistern, all you have to do is firmly slide the flush panel up and remove the panel from the wall. When you look behind the panel, you will see two flushing rods. You can remove them easily by simply turning them in an anticlockwise direction and pulling the rods out.
Usually, you’ll want to access the cistern because the flush isn’t operating correctly and in such cases, it’s likely the flushing rods are the cause of the problem. However, if you still have to get to the cistern, you’ll then need to unclip or unscrew the bolts on each side and remove a plastic cover which will reveal a debris plate.
Typically, you’ll see at the top two small levers which have to be pushed down, revealing the parts of the cistern behind.
Not sure if a Wall Hung Toilet is the right one for you?
Have a look at our back to wall toilets and close coupled toilets.