From the start of your bathroom renovation, your pipes and framers need to understand where your toilet should go — whether it’ll be mounted on the floor or wall and in which the water supply ought to be positioned. If that’s not complicated enough wall paneling, tile installation, shower doors and baseboards will all factor into the equation for your toilet location, also.

Do not feel overwhelmed finding the right professional can help you get through the technical things, and having a handle on these strategies and tricks can help you locate a spot for your toilet that is suitable for you and your bathroom’s design.

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Take Note of Wall Panels and Baseboards

Most toilets are roughed-in 12 inches from the finished wall. This works well for most floor-mounted toilets.

Hint: Some toilets require floor anchoring clips — another limiting factor since it can interrupt radiant heating. Talk with your flooring heating contractor before selecting this kind of toilet to make sure the anchors will not mess with water lines or heating wires.


What a classic bathroom — I really like it. The appearance and feel of the toilet fits in with all the baseboard and crown molding flawlessly. I would suppose the baseboard wraps behind the toilet to get a smooth appearance.

Hint: It is very tough to paint behind toilet tanks like this. I propose painting the wall and installing the baseboard before placing the toilet in.

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Plan Out Your Shower First

In case you are planning on having a barrier-free shower close to your toilet, think about installing a wall-mount toilet to generate waterproofing measures simpler for your contractor.

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Shower doors also play a role in your bathroom’s location. To meet building codes, a shower door needs to open both out and in, so you’ll want to spend the door swing into consideration when selecting your toilet spot.

Hint: Work with your builder to play different toilet and door locations when finalizing your bathtub’s size. Use a bit of string and a mark to draw an arc on the floor to demonstrate the door swing. This will help you visualize where a toilet can fit comfortably.


Duravit – Starck 3 Toilets Toilet Wall Mounted

Pick a Wall Mount or Floor Mount

Installing a wall-mount toilet is a job. All of them require a wall carrier to encourage the toilet, and some have quite exact water distribution places, allowing for little flexibility in location. On the other hand, the appearance is seamless and modern and contains some practical benefits too.

Hint: A normal toilet is 14 to 15 inches high from the finished floor to the top of the bowl (excluding the fold-down seat). Take a higher measurement of 16 to 18 inches for your wall-mounted toilet should you plan on aging in your golden years. It might appear high now, but you’ll be grateful for the added height later.


Wall-mounted toilets are fantastic for smaller spaces since the tank is within the wall. In this installation, it is possible to see that the builder introduced the wall forwards for this wall-mounted bathroom’s water carrier to create a ledge above the sink and toilet for its flush activator. Normally these ledges are bigger, and I really like the smaller version here.

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Duravit Happy Two Floor Standing Toilet – $675

During installation, most toilets are dropped in over two bolts as well as the bolts have been trimmed and restricted to keep the toilet in place. Many clean line toilets (which are fantastic for simple cleaning) have separate mounting blocks, and the toilet is screwed into position from the 2 sides. This Duravit toilet has those fantastic blank lines, but the same simple installation as a regular toilet.

Hint: we’ve got a 10-flush guideline with any new toilet. After it’s set up but before using any silicone, then we flush the toilet 10 times back to back to make sure everything’s functioning correctly.

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Be aware that floor-mounted and wall-mounted toilets come in regular and elongated versions. If you are tight on space, look for a regular or smaller model.

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Pay Attention to Any Recesses or Compartments

In this photograph, the brightly shelves above the toilet allow for more headroom and spare space. This smart use of space has been no doubt made possible by good planning. Make sure your entire building crew knows about distances like this ahead of time for a successful build.

Hint: Check your contractors spray paint the framing around these niche locations before any wires, pipes or insulation is installed.

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If you’re planning a toilet compartment, the NKBA recommends a distance about 36 by 66 inches, using a 32-inch-wide doorway. The absolute minimum could be 30 by 60 inches, which leaves just 15 inches of space on either side of the toilet rough-in.

Hint: If you are worried about the base of your toilet scratching your flooring tile or tile during installation, think about using scraps of Kerdi waterproofing membrane on the base of the toilet. Anything that will stick to the toilet underside — extra peel-‘n-stick tiles, scraps of linoleum, etc. — can work.

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