For those seeking to efficiently use limited space in their bathrooms and homes, space saving toilets are ideal. Old houses from the pre-1950’s era were not originally designed with lavatories in mind during a time of wide, spread out house usage and thus a space saving toilet is the best solution for bringing your toilet needs indoors.
Often older houses without toilets and lavatories need to be either renovated to add on a new bathroom or lavatory or sizable closets are converted into half bathrooms.
For these mini half bathrooms, space is essential. Or, perhaps you simply either want to better utilize the space in your existing bathroom or expand your home to include a new half bathroom. Some common types of space saving toilets to consider are the wall hanger, the hidden commode, the compressed toilet, and the tank-less toilet.
Wall hanger toilets, like the classical Victorian era toilets, have the water tank mounted higher up on the wall with drop down piping that allows the commode portion of the toilet to sit as far against the wall as possible without the hindrance of a tank.
Though piping itself may still use more space than one would desire, every inch saved helps in a converting a tiny closet to a mini-bathroom. Hidden commodes may have the water tank and piping built into the wall itself. The only portion that is visible is the commode to sit upon and it is as close to the wall as possible, thus saving space within the bathroom.
Compressed toilets are virtually the same as regular modern toilets except that they are simply smaller. Their dimensions may either be completely sized down to make a mini toilet or they may be squeezed to make a narrower toilet, all for the sake of saving space.
You may have noticed that some toilets are complete circular while others are oval in shape. This is a perfect example of compressing the width dimension of the toilet to save space. Though there are much more extreme examples than what you typically see in a home toilet, such as toilets you see on airplanes, buses, and recreational vehicles.
Finally there are tank-less toilets, which use siphoned water systems. These are the type of toilets you most notably see in public restrooms and restaurants.
Rather than using a tank that meters the amount of water in the toilet, a water siphon measures the amount of water and pressure passed through the system to the toilet and then turns it off. So, no water is stored in a tank, but you are receiving the water for the toilet directly from your water pipes in your location’s plumbing system.
Choosing from any of these types of space saving toilet systems may be able to save you precious needed inches in your lavatories. Some issues you might consider in choosing a space saving toilet are costs, as special designs and greater technology often increase the prices of space saving toilets beyond the standard toilet.
Is the toilet practical for your house? Is it easy to get to and clean? Does the toilet look nice in your bathroom, or is the functionality and utility of it more important than appearances? These are a couple of likely questions you might want to consider before purchasing a space saving toilet over a standard toilet.