Friday, February 27, 2009

Toilet Options for a Small Bathroom

It may come as a surprise that certain toilets are better in small bathrooms than others. Since maximizing space is a priority, here are a few suggestions for choosing the best toilet for a small bathroom.

Wall Hung Toilets

These toilets save space mainly because their tanks are installed inside of your wall. A Wall Mounted Toilet can also beneficial according to "Mary" from Eastern Washington because they are the “easiest and fastest [to clean] because there is no base to work around on the floor and no tank to clean”. "Jonesy" from San Diego shared this example of a wall-mounted toilet in his gorgeous bathroom.

Wall Hung Toilet

High Tank Toilets

High tank toilets are similar to wall hung toilets because the tank is not in a traditional location. In this case the toilet bowl is located on the ground, while the tank sits higher up, requiring a pull-chain for flushing. Other names for these types of toilets include High Tank Water Closets and Pull Chain Toilets

The photo below displays a Cheviot High Tank Water Closet.

Cheviot High Tank Toilet

Other Toilet Options

If you are going for a more traditional looking toilet, the wall hung and high tank may not suit you. Here are some toilets that our customers found appropriate for the limited space they had in their bathrooms. "Cal66" from Iowa was pleased to find this TOTO Toilet was “both tall and small enough to fit in [their] bathroom which has a door that opens next to the toilet.”

Toilet by TOTO

"Joseph" from Chicago, Illinois found that this Cheviot Toilet, paired with a pedestal sink pictured in the Sheffield Suite Package was “[functional] yet small enough not to shrink and already small room”.

Sheffield Suite Including Toilet and Sink

Best Clawfoot Tubs for Small Bathrooms (Part Two)

Whether you are remodeling a powder room, converting a closet space, or just want to add a new clawfoot bathtub to a small bathroom; here are a few product suggestions based on what our customers have been saying.

This Tub Package containing a 54 inch clawfoot tub and faucet with showerhead is ideal for those who want to do more than soak in their bathtub. Julie from Ohio chose this tub set when she “[converted] a 5’ x 8’ closet space in [her] old century home into a small bath”.

Clawfoot Bathtub, Faucet, and Showerhead

You may be reluctant to install a clawfoot tub into a small area because of its weight. An acrylic bathtub is a good alternative to a cast iron one because you can still have the look and feel of a classic Clawfoot Bathtub, but at a much lighter weight. Another customer found this tub “[weighed] next to nothing and was a piece of cake to carry in”. In addition to the ease of transporting, they told us that it is “by far the roomiest small tub [they’ve] seen”.

American Bath Factory BathtubIf you desire more soaking room than a 54 inch tub can offer, this 62 inch clawfoot bathtub is said to “make a small bathroom come alive, and [it] is adorable” by the self-described Happy Clawfoot Tub Owner from Oro Valley Arizona.

Elizabethan Classics Clawfoot Bathtub

Clawfoot Bathtubs for Small Bathrooms

Installing a clawfoot tub may not be the first idea that comes to mind when remodeling a small bathroom. These three customers, however, did just that with great results.

For example, “TXCat” from Bedford, Texas notes: “I now have the bathroom I have always wanted. The tub is perfect! It really made my small bathroom look larger."

Another example of a small tub making a large impact.

Another customer told us that "we love our little clawfoot bathtub. It is the perfect size for a small bathroom and it fits [the] kids great. Even adults can make use of this great quality tub."

54 Inch Randolph Morris Clawfoot Tub
Diana H. from Ohio had a remodeling challenge. She was having difficulty “finding a clawfoot tub that would fit into [her] tiny 5”x9” guest bathroom in [their] new house” She found the solution in the form of the Randolph Morris 48” clawfoot tub set. Take a look at how she, in her words, transformed her bathroom “from dated to dazzling - from alarming to charming.” The before is on the left - the stunning after is on the right:

Randolph Morris 48” clawfoot tub set