Choosing an Understairs Toilet?

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Understairs Toilet

In this short post I have 2 top tips to keep in mind for renovating an understairs toilet or a tiny bathroom.

Two problems.

  1. The space is very small. The toilet can very very cramped.
  2. The waste pipe in the floor is in the wrong position.



Short Projection Toilets

(This means the depth of the toilet is shorter) 

The Problem; This relates to under stairs toilets or small bathrooms. There may be very little space available. Even in quite spacious houses I’m amazed sometimes to see how small the bathrooms are. It seems builders are always trying to make bathrooms as small as possible. They steal space form the bathroom and make other rooms larger.

One idea is to consider a short projection toilet. These toilets are very well designed and use very little space. They can make the bathroom or under stairs toilet feel much more spacious.

Choose carefully the toilet for under the stairs. Up to recent years most toilets had a depth of approx. 700mm or more. Nowadays the depth is in general much shorter.  But depths still vary greatly depending on the style and design of the toilet. My advice is to choose a toilet with a short projection. A quick scan of my brochures and I can see that many toilets have a depth of 600mm. One even has a depth of only 595mm. When space is at a premium 100mm can make a huge difference. So be aware of the depth of toilet that you install!

Multi Outlet Toilets

Multi outlet toilets solve a common problem for many Irish houses. In many houses with a groundfloor bathroom or WC, the old clay soil pipe is often in the wrong position. The pipe is often to far from the wall. This can be annoying. It means I can’t use a closed coupled toilet as the whole assembly will stick out from the wall. So I must revert to a traditional separate pan and cistern type toilet (a low level toilet). Of course I can dig out the floor but that is a big job.

Nowadays clients spend a great deal of money on their bathrooms. They want a particular look. Aesthetically for a bathroom a separate pan and cistern will be a disaster. Our company avoids installing these types of toilets in bathrooms if avoidable.

The Solution. A multi outlet toilet. A multi outlet toilet has the waste outlet in a different position to standard toilets. This is very important. It allows for when the hole in the floor for the waste is further out from the wall. So I can the connect the toilet to the waste as normal without reverting to an old style type toilet. 

I can install a modern designer toilet without major renovation works. Normally they are fully shrouded so the waste will be hidden. An excellent idea. Something a lot of people still don’t know about.


In these posts I try to answer questions that we are frequently asked at O’Connor Carroll Bathrooms and Tiles. Anything questions relevant to bathrooms, tiles, understairs toilets etc.

I hope you find this post useful. If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to [contact us]. We are only glad to give any useful advice.

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