Back to Wall WCs
Compact, neat and efficient in every way, the Back to Wall Toilet is a modern favourite among our customers. Designed to be fitted against the wall with all plumbing and cisterns concealed behind the wall or cabinet, the Back to Wall WC is an elegant piece that can be applied to a range of different interior spaces. Small enough to fit into the closet cloakroom space, these toilets are as versatile as they are comfortable.
A design concept that has been embraced by a range of manufacturers, models by Ideal Standard, Roper Rhodes and Saneux to name but a few of the top designers that have put their own spin on this modern classic. Varying in style from contemporary minimalism, the sculpted chic of Scandinavian design or the elegance of traditional styles by Imperial, the Back to Wall Toilet can be found in almost any shape and size. Square, round, or compact, with specialist models specially designed for installation in schools, or with raised level toilets for improved accessibility, the potential for this style of toilet is almost limitless. Options for standard or soft close toilet seats and lids are included with most products, allowing that extra touch of quiet luxury if required. Some of these units are supplied as complete packages, containing all elements required for installation, while certain models are standalone items. For compatible components required to complete a Back to Wall WC suite, please see our range of concealed cisterns, frames and flush plates.
A buyer’s guide to back to wall toilets
What is a back to wall toilet?
If you’re looking for a toilet design that makes the most of your available space, then why not consider a back to tall toilet? These are generally floor-standing toilets that have a concealed cistern - the cistern can be hidden out of sight, either recessed into a wall cavity, hidden behind a stud wall, or concealed into bathroom furniture or storage. As well as choosing a toilet that suits your needs, you will likely need to purchase a concealed cistern, with a flush plate or push button, separately.
It is worth noting, for the avoidance of confusion, that close coupled toilets are now available, from most manufacturers, which offer a fully back to the wall solution.
Back to wall toilets offer a simple, clean and tidy look, and make the most of all available space in your cloakroom, en-suite or bathroom. An added benefit of choosing a back to wall toilet is that the cistern and necessary pipework can be concealed, ensuring your bathroom is streamlined in design and very easy to keep clean.
What about the plumbing?
Back to wall toilets offer all the functionality of a standard toilet. The difference is they are designed to be used with a concealed cistern. Easy to install, concealed cisterns come in different sizes, and all that is visible is the toilet pan, and the toilet flush (sold separately).
What are my design choices?
Back to wall toilets come in three main sizes: compact, standard and tall (raised height).
Space need not be an issue if you choose a compact back to wall toilet. Roca’s Senso Compact is a petite 430mm deep – 50mm shorter than a standard toilet depth, ensuring it will fit comfortably in even the smallest cloakroom or en-suite bathroom. The Senso’s simple and sleek lines will suit any contemporary bathroom design, maximising the space available for other fixtures and fittings. This toilet comes with either a standard of a soft-close seat option.
If space isn’t a critical factor, then why not choose a more standard sized Back to Wall toilet? The Vitra Layton is a fantastic, minimal design that measures a more standard 480mm in depth, 50mm larger than the Roca Senso. The Vitra Layton's design features a horizontal wash-down pan with simple chrome hinges, and it is suitable for use with most European-made cisterns. Although the Vitra Layton is a standard sized toilet choice, its design will ensure it is not overpowering or dominant in your bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom.
Tall (raised height)
If you are of taller stature, you may find that standard sized toilets are uncomfortable for you to use due to the restricted amount of room for your legs. You may find that you cannot easily sit down and stand up, that using the toilet may make your back ache, and that your feet do not comfortably rest flat on the floor while you are sitting down. Don’t worry though; bathroom comfort is not far away! Although wall-mounted toilets can be situated at the best height for you and your family, most floor-standing toilets sit 390mm off of the ground – but there are alternatives available.
Toilets like the Concept Freedom XL by Ideal Standard is a large and accessible option when a taller back to wall toilet is required. The Concept Freedom XL has a raised height of 435mm from floor to seat rim - 45mm higher than standard toilets including the Vitra Layton - and coupled with a large toilet pan it is a very comfortable choice for people who are taller or larger. Despite the increased size of the Concept Freedom XL, the design is simple, clean and discreet, and will look right at home in any bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom. For a more traditional style The Burlington regal back to the wall pan will raise the height from the standard Burlington pan by 48.5cm.
Contemporary vs traditional
Your bathroom design need not just be functional - why not take the opportunity to inject some of your personality into the room? With so many fixtures and fittings available on our website, there is something to suit every taste, style and budget.
Are you looking for an unfussy bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom scheme, with sleek and modern lines and quality fixtures and fittings?
Though a functional and vital part of your home, there’s no reason why your bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom shouldn’t look and feel stylish, and feature designer quality pieces of exceptional quality, which maximise the amount of space available.
A great example of contemporary styling is the Laufen Palace, which offers a simple and elegant back to wall toilet design. Pleasing on the eye, the Laufen features geometric simplicity, a neat footprint and discreet floor fittings. Exceptionally easy to clean, the Laufen also features an antibacterial treatment for a more hygienic experience, and has both soft close and standard toilet seat options. The Laufen would suit any contemporary bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom design.
If you prefer timeless, traditional décor, with Victorian elements and classic design that harks back to a bygone age, then ensure you peruse our traditional back to wall toilet collection.
The Burlington Back to Wall WC features traditional style at a very reasonable price. With toilet seat colour options including white, mahogany,oak and with painted options to match the Burlington furniture, the classic style will fit into any traditional bathroom scheme. The Burlington has a glossy white, pristine finish and elegant chrome hinges.
Imperial's range of back to wall toilets also features traditional styling and shapes, at sensible prices. The Westminster range features a traditional, classic shape and a choice of cistern operation and insert - in either chrome, gold or nickel finishing. There are also five different toilet seat options to choose from: white, wenge, walnut, mahogany and natural oak.
For slightly smaller bathrooms, Imperial's Bergier range offers a similar classic design, but with slightly smaller proportions - perfect for a smaller bathroom, or a cloakroom or en-suite. The Bergier toilet has the same chrome, gold or nickel finishing options and five different toilet seat colours to choose from.
The Firenze, also by Imperial, also offers compact traditional design with a classic edge. The Firenze embraces more than old-world style; it stands out from the crowd, and its distinct curves ensure it will fit into any traditional bathroom design scheme.
Whether you prefer the traditional or more modern approach to design, there are plenty of options of you to choose from at UKBathrooms.com.
Style icons: curved or square?
Toilets come in all different shapes and sizes, but most toilet pan designs are either curved (round, or D-shaped) or square. Your preference may very well depend on your overall bathroom theme, or the space available in your bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom. It is worth noting though, that rounder toilet designs often save space – you can find all of the precise measurements and detailed specifications of all of our products on our website.
The Omnia range by Villeroy and Boch offers a modern, soft and curved back to wall toilet shape, ergonomically designed and strikingly simple. Crafted with the less mobile user in mind, the design’s functionality is second to the beautiful and elegant lines of the piece.
The Omnia range also offers a fully back to the wall close coupled toilet which features a duo-flush cistern to ensure no water is wasted; the option of a short flush is ecologically friendly, ensuring you will save water and money on your water bill. To keep your toilet free from staining and limescale build-up, Villeroy and Boch offer their unique CeramicPlus treatment to this design as an optional extra. Ceramic plus is a permanent coating for the ceramic glaze. It is effectively like having your car polished and makes the toilet easier to clean and helps reduce bacterial build up in those area’s which are more difficult to clean.
Square toilets are a more contemporary, designer choice for the modern bathroom. Though angular, geometric shapes, square back to wall toilets still feature soft edges like their rounder, more curved counterparts. Square toilets often fit more elegantly into simple and modern bathroom themes.
The Bauhaus Touch Back to Wall WC is an uncluttered, unfussy, classic piece of modern minimalism. Visually strong and eye catching, the Bauhaus Touch is glazed both inside and out, with a hygienic and sleek finish that offers the ultimate in both comfort and practicability.
Available in a gloss white glazed finish, the Bauhaus Touch features a Wrap over Soft Close Seat that completely eliminates noise. This optional extra will put an end to slammed toilet seats and ensure you’re no longer woken up in the night due to someone dropping the toilet seat down noisily.
Finishing touches: Seat options
Toilet seat hinges are hard workers. Your toilet seat is likely to be raised and lowered thousands of times over the course of one year, and you will want to ensure you choose a design that is guaranteed and built to last.
Your toilet seat options will differ depending on the design of your back to wall toilet pan, but you will likely have two main options to choose from.
Standard toilet seats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and finishes. They are easy to fit, and depending on your toilet’s shape, they can be replaced if needed.
Many of our back to wall toilet designs come with a soft close option, which prevents the toilet seat banging down and making a noise. This helps to minimise wear and tear – both for the toilet pan and for the toilet seat, while being gentle on the ears. Soft close toilet seats are a great choice for family bathrooms as they feature a spring mechanism, which makes it less likely for little (or big) fingers to get trapped underneath the lid.
Need help making your choice?
Just contact our helpful support team on 01765 694 720 and they will do their best to help. We don't have any sales people - just helpful people who know all about bathrooms. Our team can advise you on the best back to wall toilet to suit your needs, as well as the cistern and touch plate options open to you.