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Toilet and basin suite buying guide
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Toilet and basin suite buying guide

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

If you’re looking for a toilet and basin suite, but aren’t sure where to start, this guide is for you. Find out about the different types of toilets and basins that we have available at so that you can decide which suite is best for your bathroom.

Should my basin and toilet match?

Your basin and toilet doesn’t have to match, but if you really want a consistent theme to run throughout your bathroom then it’s important that you buy a toilet and basin from the same range. To make this easy for you, at, we pair matching toilets and basins in a handy suite, which is even cheaper than buying the products separately.

Different types of toilet explained

Close coupled toilet

This is the most popular design of toilet, and comes in many styles. The cistern is mounted above the toilet bowl, but it is one complete unit. This means that all the pipes are concealed, giving the toilet a neat look. Close couple toilets are very easy to clean, as the exterior is streamlined rather than having to work around lots of piping.

Back to wall toilet

With this structure, the toilet bowl is separate from the cistern. The cistern in a back to wall toilet is then concealed either within a wall (creating a minimalist look, and saving space) or within a unit. The benefit of having a unit is that it creates an opportunity for additional storage space, as well as a handy shelf.

Wall hung toilet

Hanging your toilet from the wall saves the most space in your bathroom, and creates a minimal, sleek look, ideal for a contemporary space. Wall hung toilets also free up the floor space underneath to allow for easy cleaning.

Arte Wall Hung Toilet inc Seat

Arte Wall Hung Toilet

What different types of basin are available, and what’s right for me?

Full pedestal

Full pedestal is one of the most popular designs, and is a great choice for most bathrooms. The pedestal reaches down to the floor, hiding all the pipework, and the basin is placed above it.

Como Basin & Pedestal

Semi pedestal

Semi pedestal basins are perfect for smaller spaces, and for creating a more contemporary look. The pedestal is much shorter, leaving the floor space underneath it clear. This is an ideal choice if you have a smaller bathroom.

Wall mounted

The wall mounted basin is simply the basin itself with the pipework on show. It’s a very contemporary look that will add a striking feature to any bathroom or ensuite.

Should I choose a wall hung unit?

If you decide to purchase a wall hung toiletor basin, please check your walls to make sure that they have the strength to support them.

Making the most of your space with corner toilets and basins

We have some toilets and basins that fit snugly into the corner of your bathroom. These are perfect for very small spaces as they open up the centre of the room.

Palm Bathroom Suite

There is a great selection of toilet and basin suites at Buying them as a bundle saves you money. It also ensures that you have a complete look, as the units will be from the same range. However, you can mix and match toilets and basins to get the exact type and style that you’re looking for, and that best fit your space.

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 7 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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