Toilet fixing frame buying guide
Arnold, Researcher / handyman, Birmingham10 guides
- Optional features
Features of wall-hung toilets
Classic close-coupled toilets are cost-effective and easy to install. While wall-hung toilets may be a little more complicated to fit, they do offer a sharper look and are more hygienic. If you're trying to choose between the two options, you should consider that a wall-hung toilet will require you to make a few decisions, including:
- choosing a frame based on the wall and floor fixings, bearing in mind that this option won't be possible if you have both wooden walls and flooring;
- deciding on a type of casing to cover the frame. Your options include tiled, painted, plasterboard, glass or ready-made casings (fibreglass, for example). Your choice will depend on frame requirements, as well as your own tastes and budget;
- settling on any optional accessories you may require for enchancing toilet pan hygiene.
Wall-hung toilets also offer the following benefits:
- unbeatable hygiene standards;
- easier acess for those with reduced mobility;
- user comfort and less noise;
- a wide range of designs to choose from.
Made-to-measure comfort and installation
Wall-hung toilets offer increased comfort:
- The height of the toilet pan is adjustable: this is essential for anyone well above or below average height. The support frame allows you to install the pan at various heights that would not be possible with a conventional toilet. The seat height can be decided upon during installation. A standard position, for example, is around 45 cm from the finished floor while a height of 50 cm will ensure user comfort for elderly people or those with disabilities.
- Wall-hung toilets are quieter than close-coupled toilets as the flush and refill mechanism is enclosed within the frame casing. This means you won't be disturbed in the middle of the night by the sound of rushing water!
Efficient cleaning for better hygieneThe design of these toilets also offers improved hygiene standards:
- the absence of a water supply line means less surface for dust to gather;
- the hanging toilet bowl makes cleaning more straightforward as it is easier to access.
Additional options for wall-hung toilets
- ceramic toilet rim with an anti-limescale treatment;
- a rimless toilet bowl to prevent bacteria growth and optimise cleaning;
- an anti-limescale toilet pan to prevent the appearance of limescale;
- a removable toilet seat for easier maintenance.
Choosing a frame for your wall-hung toilet
There are three types of support frame: wall, floor and universal. Your choice will depend on the surface of your bathroom floor and walls:
- Wall frames are usually attached to a masonry, brick or breezeblock supporting wall;
- Floor frames sit directly on the floor, which must therefore be made of concrete to ensure stability;
- Universal mounting brackets can be fixed to both walls and floors. This assembly offers a much more robust and stable support than the other two types. It is the method usually used in installations in new-builds and for renovation work.
Installation conditions for toilet framesToilet frames cannot be installed if you have:
- Plasterboard walls;
- Wooden walls and floors.
If your wall is coated with plasterboard, you'll need to attach the support frame directly to the masonry behind, i.e. remove part or all of the plasterboard in order to reach the brick or breezeblock.
Choosing a casing type for your toilet frame
Tiled to ready-made casings
- Glass casing is a high-end option that offers easy cleaning and a slick design.
- Toilet frame units are handy for storing cleaning products.
- Standard or ready-made casing offers easy installation. However, the toilet pan will be fixed at the standard height of 45 cm.
- Ready-to-tile casing is suitable for all types of support frame. The pan will be fixed at a comfortable height of 50 cm. However, this can also be cut down to a standard height of 45 cm.
- Frame built into the wall, only the toilet pan and the flush plate of your wall-hung toilet will be left on show. However, you may still lose space above the cistern. This system usually involves painted plasterboard.Plasterboard casing allows for all possible types of installation and can incorporate shelves or storage space above the cistern.
Please note: the flush mechanism must always be accessible by removing the front panel. Be sure to also leave the water supply and drainage pipes accessible (i.e. via a hatch). Some forms of casing are equipped with a handy removable side panel. Unfortunately, leaks are always possible so you want to be able to carry out repairs without having to break the casing covering your wall-hung toilet.
Installing a wall-hung toilet frame
While you will only require fairly standard tools (spanners, screwdrivers, drills, spirit level etc.), installing a wall-hung toilet requires a certain amount of know-how. Certain regulations must be followed regarding:
- The minimum slope of the soil pipe for good drainage;
- Water inlet and waste water outflow connections;
- Securing the frame and installing a removable hatch.
Installing a wall-hung toilet involves so many separate components that forgetting one or failing to follow installation guidelines can have serious consequences for your home.
Remember that if you live in a block of flats, a water leak might be felt by your neighbours before you notice it yourself! It is therefore essential to ensure your pipes can be easily accessed!
Standard dimensions for toilet fixing frames
Height, width and depth of wall-hung toilets
Toilet fixing frames tend to stick to the following dimensions:
- a width of 50 cm;
- a standard height of 112 cm;
- a reduced height of 82 cm for some models;
- a depth of less than 20 cm;
- an adjustable toilet pan height of:
- 30 cm for children;
- 40 cm for normal usage;
- 50 cm for people with reduced mobility.
Toilet frame quality and optional extras
High-end finishes for wall-hung toilets
The range of options and quality of finish for wall-hung toilets may vary from model to model, in terms of the following:
- Digital sensor flush, simply wave your hand in front of the toilet to trigger the flush!
- Quality of inlet valve and flush mechanism;
- Option to incorporate a macerator pump;
- Type of water release in pan (more efficient for high-end models);
- Format of the frame itself.
As with any product, entry-level frames can range in quality, which could lead to issues regarding:
- The toilet pan and flow of pressurised water;
- Quality of washers and other seals;
- The fill mechanism;
- Availability of spare parts in case of damage or wear
Generally speaking, the frame itself tends to be quite robust and is unlikely to present problems.
While it's not worth being paranoid, bear in mind that price differences between products are often justified; known brands offer the guarantee of quality and customer care.
Now it's time to get your overalls on!
Arnold, Researcher / handyman, Birmingham 10 guides écrits
I'm a trained chemist working in the pharmaceutical industry as well as a self-taught DIY enthusiast. Oh, I'm also a new dad, but that doesn't stop me from tinkering because working with my hands is second nature to me. I'm motivated by the extra energy it gives me - and I love making things for my daughter.
The word 'tinkering' doesn't always describe what I do in my free time, though. I've already installed five kitchens, renovated a flat and built an extension for my own house. Over the last three years, I've pretty much done it all: insulation, plasterboard, electrical work, patching, painting, parquet, sanitation. That basically adds up to 60 m2 of work made entirely with my own two hands!
Lucky for me, my wife is passionate about decorating and interior design. It means I don't have to worry about things like colours and patterns.
My motto: great tools and materials are only half the battle, the rest is patience and attention to detail. So, if you need advice, look no further! We're here to help and we're passionate about what we do.
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