Corner Toilet

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The toilet that is the most popular in homes today is a corner toilet. This type of toilet saves space, and some have built-in bidets.

In this article, we will discuss corner toilets. We will explain how they save space. We will also talk about other things you can expect from a corner toilet.

Finally, we will give you some advice on what to research before buying a corner toilet for your needs.

Let's get right into it.

What is a corner toilet?

By being “corner shaped”, this type of toilet will save space. They have the same functionality as any other toilet in that they are used to dispose of bodily waste.

A typical corner toilet will be installed from a wall or an archway into a bathroom. This gives it more support than your normal straight-sitting toilet. 

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A normal toilet must rest directly on a floor, but with the help of an archway or a wall, you can place the toilet at any angle.

Corner toilets usually come in two main types: a wall-mounted one and an archway-mounted one. The wall-mounted ones are much less common than the archway-mounted ones. Both can be made of porcelain or ceramic tiles. The difference is that the wall-mounted ones are installed directly to a wall whereas the archway type will need an archway, like before mentioned, for support.

How do they save space in a bathroom?

The main reason why corner toilets are so popular is because of their ability to save space. A normal toilet will usually need three feet and nine inches of floor space from the wall, whereas a corner one will only need two feet and nine inches. This amount of space difference may not seem like much but if your bathroom is small, to begin with then this could be all the room you need to fit it in there. 

Corner toilets also have other aesthetic benefits besides saving you space. Most corner ones can blend into your decor very well, especially wall-mounted ones that are made out of matching tiles. They can camouflage themselves to avoid drawing attention away from the rest of the room. 

A corner toilet can also be a great asset if your bathroom is cramped for space since it will make your bathroom look larger by reducing the size of the apparent “bathroom footprint”. When you remove a 90-degree angle from the room, this reduces the amount of area in that corner and therefore makes the remaining part seem larger when compared to what it would have been with a regular sitting toilet. You need to get extra space in case you are going for roll in showers. what is a roll in shower? Well! There's an article waiting for your read.

What are some other benefits? 

Most homeowners prefer these types of toilets because they give them more luxurious options than normal ones do. For example, most standard toilets only come in one color (chrome). However, some manufacturers now offer them in white, brown-stained wood, or black colors too. A lot of them also come with features such as heated seats and automatic flushing..

Some other benefits include:

– Built-in bidets

Some types come with built-in sprayers for your private parts after going to the toilet – these can be considered an upgrade over a standard toilet because they are more sanitary than using plain toilet paper. However, these aren't as common as other features such as heated seats or automatic flushes.

– Save money on heating bills

If you have one of the aforementioned heated seats you won't need an extra space heater during those cold winter months since it will provide you with enough heat. This saves money compared to buying both.

-Easier to clean with 90-degree angles.

This means no more hard-to-reach spots that are hard to get with a toilet brush. The base of the toilet is also much flatter than a normal sitting one. You don't need to lift your potty seat to properly clean your toilet or vacuum under it as you do with the other ones. This means that you don’t end up leaving all sorts of germs/etc right there on the floor and table under it.

– No need for a wall or floor flange, making it easier to install onto existing structures and floors that are not level.

Corner toilets can be installed without a floor flange, meaning they can be put in an area that is not perfectly level. They also do not require mounting the toilet to a wall with any assistance from attachments since no exposed pipes or bolts are sticking out of the wall. 

– Higher rear height

This provides more comfort while sitting and standing up as well as making it easier for those who need assistance getting up or down from the toilet seat.

A normal sitting toilet has a front roughly sixteen inches off the ground whereas a corner one will have the back portion raised by approximately 30 inches. If you are taller than six feet this may make it easier for you to use particularly when going number two. This also assists the elderly or handicapped with their own needs from a health and safety standpoint.

– Conceals the toilet paper roll so you don't have to look at it.

The corner toilet conceals your toilet paper by either having an extra cabinet next to it that covers it completely or installing two wall cabinets on both sides of the toilet with a narrow space in between them. If you're into aesthetics and want things that are well organized, this can be used as a technique as well since most corner toilets come with additional storage capacity than normal ones do. 

Another advantage is that there's always room under the seat for more diapers, wipes, etc. You no longer have to find creative ways of storing these items.

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– Installation takes less time and requires less plumbing.

This is because the water supply pipes are not routed around a wall as they would be if you were installing a traditional toilet.

The installation process doesn't involve special tools either which makes it easier to complete even for amateur DIY enthusiasts. A conventional toilet needs a floor flange, while these toilets don't. The only requirement is that your floor has enough support to hold it until the mortar or cement dries – this should take about four hours depending on the conditions of the bathroom.

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The only thing after installation is connecting the water supply line to it. These toilets have a very simple design and don't require any special tools for their installation. Most of them can be installed by two people if they both are aware of what they're doing, or one person with some common sense and mechanical knowledge of basic plumbing.

What should you look for when shopping?

If you are going to buy a corner toilet then the main thing that's important to consider is whether it is compatible with your bathroom's design.

The main thing to ask yourself is whether the way it looks will blend well into your bathroom's style. Don't just focus on the color of the material used; make sure that its shape and curvature will match the furniture or storage solutions in place there already.

– Measuring

It is crucial to measure twice before buying once. Take the measurements of the corner toilet you're interested in before buying, as well as those of your bathroom.

– Comfort

After all, this is a toilet we're talking about. If you can try sitting and standing on it for a few minutes to check if it's comfortable enough or not then by all means do so. The top seat needs to be comfortable since that's where you'll spend most of your time during elimination.

– Bidet/toilet bowl combination unit

Do you want the added luxury of having a built-in bidet at your disposal when using this toilet? You might prefer an additional bidet instead – they are generally cheaper than a combined one – but some people find them more convenient although they may take some getting used to.

– Take a look at what's under the lid

The last thing you want is a toilet seat that looks too big for the toilet or one that will not fit it properly. Make sure that the bowl of the toilet has enough room around it so you don't have problems with cleaning.

Just like there are many things people consider before buying any product, there are numerous points that should be taken into account before deciding upon a specific corner toilet model. 

Types of cornet Toilet – with or without a bidet.

There are two main types of these products which you have to be aware of – one that combines a toilet bowl with a bidet and those that do not.

The latter are usually cheaper than their more complete counterparts, but normally require additional plumbing work to install them as compared to the other type. Both models have their advantages and disadvantages, so you need to choose according to your needs and wishes.

Speaking of, just like there are different styles of traditional toilets, manufacturers make corner toilets in different shapes too. They can either have rounded or flat front ends for instance. It is up to you (and the design of your bathroom) to choose the most suitable one from all the available models.

What material should you choose?

Apart from aesthetics which are also important when choosing this product, you need to take into account how easy it will be for you to keep the whole system clean. I suggest that you go for stainless steel or other materials which are easy to clean and don't rust.

Installation of a Corner toilet

If you chose a combined toilet/bidet model then installing it should be pretty straightforward. You will need to check the instructions carefully, but that's about it.

However, if your chosen toilet is not a combined one then getting the plumbing done could prove to be more challenging than usual and require some extra work on your part.

The most important thing to do is check all the available instructions and make sure you know exactly how much work will be involved ahead of time.

Final thoughts on Corner toilet

In conclusion, we have just reviewed the most important information on corner toilets. We hope that you can now decide what to look for when buying one and which type of model is the best flushing toilet that is suited for your specific needs and wants.

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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