(Above: Burlington Back to Wall Toilet and Bidet (Wall Hung)
Guide to Back to Wall and Wall Hung Toilets.
One of the most visited places in your house is the bathroom and one of the most vital parts of the bathroom is the toilet. You may not think of toilets as being a hard decision to make when renovating your bathroom, but until you have seen the amount of different styles, types, shapes and sizes, you will be in for a surprise. There are many things to consider when choosing a toilet, as you have to bear in mind both aesthetics and practicality. One of the most recent popular trends in toilet design is ‘Back to Wall’ (BTW, for short) and ‘Wall Hung’ toilets. "What is a back to wall toilet?" is a question we get often from our customers, but the clue is in the name. When sitting on the toilet, your back is to the wall, not to a cistern as with standard toilets.
What is a Back to Wall Toilet?
A back to wall toilet is installed directly onto a supportive wall meaning that all plumbing and waste pipes can flow straight into the wall making it hidden from view. The cistern can be concealed by a back to wall unit or within the wall itself making for better aesthetics and saving space. Great for people looking for an eye pleasing bathroom.
What is a Wall Hung Toilet?
A wall hung toilet, is just that, a toilet that hangs on the wall. Unlike other toilets, it is lifted off the ground with the support of a load bearing wall or a steel framework designed for use when the wall is not sufficient enough. Great for people whose bathrooms may be lacking in space.
Installing a Back to Wall or Wall Hung Toilet.
When dealing with a back to wall or wall hung toilet, you must bear in mind that they are not as simple as a standard toilet. Their plumbing will need to be placed in the wall, which can potentially mean having to update your pipes and can be more difficult for repairs due to the hard to reach plumbing. This can be advantageous however as it will mean that you can move the toilet to your preferred height unlike a standard toilet. The first thing to check is whether the wall will be able to support both the toilets weight and the weight of someone on it. If this is not the case, it is possible to buy a wall hung toilet cistern frame, which can withstand the daily uses of a wall hung toilet.
How much will it cost?
A back to wall or wall hung toilet may be more pleasing to the eye, it may even save space in your bathroom, but they are often the more expensive option. They can be anything between £60 and £600. In terms of water efficiency, wall hung toilets can offer reduced water storage or dual flush features, meaning that you only use the water needed.
How does it flush?
As a wall hung toilet requires the cistern to be kept within the wall, they generally feature a button flush mechanism instead of the common lever operated flush. Most models place these buttons on the wall above the toilet pan and offer a dual flush function which saves on water use giving you a low flush and high flush mode.
Before installing your wall hung toilet, you should have already checked that your wall is strong enough to withstand the weight that it will likely hold. Or, have taken the necessary steps and bought a frame able to do this. Then we must consider the toilet itself, as it is made from ceramic there will be a maximum weight that it is able to hold. To find this weight we suggest checking the specific weight requirements within the instruction manual, but as a general rule of thumb they can hold up to 400kgs.