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Back to wall toilet buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 5 years ago 3 min read

When choosing your new toilet, one option that is fast gaining popularity is the back to wall toilet

In this expert buying guide, we'll explain what a back to wall toilet is, show you how it can fit with the rest of your bathroom and take you through the different options available.

What is a back to wall toilet?

A back to wall toilet, is very different to a traditional toilet, with the cistern hidden away, either in a unit or within the wall itself. This gives the toilet a more minimal and sleek look, making them ideal for contemporary style bathrooms, as well as providing a space-saving solution for smaller bathrooms.

Arte back to wall toilet

The Tate back to wall toilet comes with a soft close seat and can be used with or without a unit

Styles of back to wall toilet

There are many different looks to choose from with this design, including traditional and modern toilet styles. The Eden back to wall toilet (pictured above) has an elegant modern shape, perfect for a stylish ensuite.

Eden back to wall toilet with soft close seat

The Eden back to wall toilet from Orchard Bathrooms combined with the Eden white back to wall unit

For a truly contemporary look, the Tate back to wall toilet provides simple, clean lines, as well as a soft close seat, ideal for a family bathroom. Check out Mode Bathrooms for more contemporary toilet options. Mode also offers a wide range of back to wall toilets.

There are also more traditional style back to wall toilets, such as the Dulwich from The Bath Co., perfect for smaller bathrooms with a more classic look. Head to the Bath Co. for more traditional toilet designs.

The Bath Co. Dulwich back to wall toilet with black wooden soft close seat

With its round shape and wooden seat, the Dulwich back to wall toilet is ideal for traditional bathrooms

Will I need a back to wall unit?

There are two ways you can install your back to wall toilet; either with a unit, or directly against the wall. Whichever one works best for you can be down to the design of your bathroom as well as your own taste.

With a unit

Using a back to wall unit can make things a bit more straightforward when installing your toilet. The concealed cistern is installed within the unit, eliminating the need for setting it in the wall behind the toilet. The unit can also provide a handy shelf space.

Wye back to wall toilet with soft close toilet seat

The Wye back to wall toilet from Orchard Bathrooms features a contemporary, square shape

To make things easier, we sell many of our most popular back to wall toilets and units as bundles.

Without a unit

If you want the ultimate sleek and minimalist look, you can install your toilet against the wall, so the cistern is completely hidden away inside. This is more complicated to install, however, and may require the addition of a stud wall or boxed section to make room for it. This can have its advantages however, as it can give you the opportunity to add shelf space or storage in the space above.

Creating the look

The great thing about having a back to wall toilet and unit is that you can match it with other items of bathroom furniture to create a beautiful and harmonious look. Every unit in the range at comes in a finish that can be matched with products from our bathroom furniture ranges, making it easy for you to create a stunning bathroom.

Installing your back to wall toilet

You can see the different ways a back to wall toilet can be installed in the section above, and whilst using a unit is more straightforward, it’s always best to employ a professional plumber unless you are very confident you can do the job yourself.

Browse the range at Victoria Plum

Find your perfect choice in our range of back to wall toilets and units, and take a look at our bathroom furniture for creating a complete look with added storage and style. You could also take a look at our other product ranges, including wall hung toilets and close coupled toilets.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 5 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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