Tips on saving bathroom space for your house
Limited bathroom space may present a problem. Yet, you don’t have to compromise on either functionality or style of this living space as there are several ways to maximize it. To use every inch of you bathroom to its most try some of these tips:
- Install a corner sink if that suits the layout better;
- A narrow, wall-mounted trough sink gives more room for foot traffic;
- You can connect sink right to your toilet, like Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT;
- Float the vanity to free up floor space underneath;
- Accessorize the space over the toilet tank with a freestanding organizer shelf;
- Don’t forget the space above your door – hang a shelf there for more storage space.
Compact and portable – toilet for your RV
Choosing a toilet for your RV as opposed to your home will obviously need some different considerations.
For the RV use, you can choose from different types based on what suits you best. Some options offer you a permanent fixture with a removable holding tank such as standard gravity flush toilet. Or you could go for a macerating flush where power-motored blades macerate waste before it goes into a holding tank.
Other options include a vacuum flush where contents get powerfully pulled from the toilet through a stored vacuum vessel and macerating pump into a holding tank. Another type engineered for recreational vehicles is the cassette toilet which provides a compact toilet bowl permanently attached over a small, removable waste tank.
The choice that’s right for you will depend on the size of your RV and the space available. Take a look at our Best for Travelling Aqua Magic V compact toilet to see how well it fits into your RV.
Need a tank?
It’s not that common, but not all toilets come with a tank. In fact, there is a tankless variety where the toilet receives its water directly from a supply line. The flushing mechanism for such models comes from the force of the water entering from the supply line.
So if you’re looking to save space and have the plumbing in place, the tankless toilet may be your perfect solution. We have one on our list, which is the TOTO 418F Aquia.
Choose wisely – important features of a compact toilet
All toilets share the same basic features but when you have limited space, you may need to be a little more vigilant in your choice of the best compact toilet. We have a detailed description of everything you need to consider.
In most cases, the width and height won’t cause issues and it’s the length, or front to back distance, that will be a deciding factor.
Because there are space clearance considerations in front of the toilet set, your best bet is to go with a shorter toilet. Shaving off those few inches to save more floor space is what you’re looking for. So go for a model that stays within the limit of 25 inches or less, length-wise, to choose from the most compact products available.
All those on our list today, save one, meet this requirement which gives you plenty of choices.
Type you need
Essentially, there are two types of constructions for toilets. The first is a two-piece toilet, which is also the most common type. With this construction, you get a product with a separate tank and bowl. Should any of the two parts need replacing, you can replace just the one that needs to go without touching the other.
In a one-piece toilet, the bowl and the tank are fused together. The benefits include a clean finish, and easier cleanup with no visible seams harboring any dust or grime.
On the space saving front, the one-piece comes out the clear winner as there is no need to make any provision to support the tank. However, the one downside to these models is that they do boast a bigger price tag than the two-piece toilets.
Toilets typically come with either compact or elongated bowls. While the width remains the same for both types, the length is what basically makes a toilet more compact. Compact sizes tend to be 2 inches shorter on average than those with elongated bowls.
In general, many people feel more comfortable on an elongated-style toilet bowl as there is more thigh support on the longer seat. So if you like the comfort of an elongated toilet bowl, but are short on space, then you can consider a hybrid known as the compact-elongated toilet.
This one-piece fits into the same space as the round front toilet, but with an elongated bowl. The GALBA MU133 model is a perfect example with well-rounded features.
In terms of materials, there is a choice between porcelain/ceramic and vitreous china for the bowl.
Of these, porcelain/ceramic is a very durable and reliable material and is cheap to manufacture. It is water-proof, easy to clean, and will support even the heaviest of users without giving way.
Vitreous china is a glazing technique added to the porcelain which makes it denser and shinier.
Water consumption for better economy
Toilet water use can vary quite a bit. So much so that older toilets may be using up to 3, 5, or even 7 gallons of water with every flush.
Nevertheless, newer, high efficiency toilets only use up to a max of 1.28 gpf (gallons per flush) of water like TOTO MS853113E Eco Ultramax. This helps conserve water and all of the models listed as our recommendations fall in this category. Low flow models use only up to 1.6 gpf.
There are quite a few different types of flushing systems. Among popular choices, you will find the gravity flush system that uses water to create flushing pressure. This, in turn, forces everything from the tank and bowl through the trapway. A siphoning action completes the flush and cleanses the bowl.
A more contemporary take on flushing systems is the pressure assisted system that uses pressurized air to force the water down. This system will get the water down faster than the traditional gravity system, but will also be louder.
For the environmentally conscious consumer, taking it a step further is the dual flushing system. This gives you the choice to either go for a partial flush or a full flush. Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT is a prime example of an efficient flushing system that doesn’t waste any water.
Standard two-piece toilets weighs around 55 pounds, whereas their one-piece counterparts can go up to 88 pounds. This is because the one-piece toilet holds the ceramic tanks and will definitely weigh more. If you are not looking for a portable unit, its weight won’t be an issue. However, Nature’s Head Self Contained Composting Toilet weighs about 28 pounds but is easy to disassemble for a convenient transportation.
Even though one-piece toilets are much heavier to move around, their installation is much easier. There is no hassle of connecting the tank to the bowl and once you get the unit in position, the installation is almost done.
Installation for the two-piece toilet, on the other hand, is easier in the sense that you can deal with the tank and bowl separately. This allows you to split up the total weight between the two parts. The job is easier for a single person to handle as it eliminates the need to wrestle with a lot of weight.
That said, you need to be extremely accurate when mounting the tank to the wall to avoid leaks later on. So if you’re not too sure of your DIY skills, then just get some professional help instead.
As you’ve seen earlier, pressure assisted toilets to have a lot of efficient features but all that high octane power comes with a lot of noise. These models have noisy flushers, so if you want something quieter, then you could go with the more traditional gravity flushing system instead, like in TOTO MS853113E Eco Ultramax.
Another minor, yet somewhat bothersome consideration regarding noise is a slamming toilet lid. If you want to avoid the inconvenience of hearing a brick fall every time someone puts down the toilet lid, then look for a model with a slow-drop seat that closes gradually. Some toilets also feature slow-close seats that are removable, which can make cleaning a cinch.
Reputable brands will offer some kind of a warranty ranging from one year to a lifetime one. It could be a manufacturer’s warranty, a limited warranty on mechanical parts, a limited warranty on chinaware, or even a guarantee period for flushing systems, accessories and toilet seats. This will vary from one brand to the next, but you should always look for a warranty when you invest in a compact toilet.