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Wall hung toilets, sometimes referred to as wall mounted or floating toilets, are a modern creation and a key ingredient in the sleek, contemporary bathroom. Imbued with an architectural sensibility they play with the space adding an element of light and air and creating an environment with a sophisticated finish. The toilet that provides cleanliness, comfort and efficiency is a winning formula and nowhere is this better exemplified than the wall hung toilet.
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Pictured: The Venticello Wall Hung Toilet by Villeroy & Boch
Wall hung toilets are a modern, clean, efficient way of installing a toilet in your new bathroom. They are simply a ceramic pan (toilet bowl) with a seat that has the effect of floating off the ground by being affixed to and “hanging on” the bathroom wall, hence the name wall-hung. By removing the need for a standard exposed cistern, the Wall Hung Toilet is a graceful piece. Comfortable to use and equally pleasing to behold, they are a truly modern innovation with a timeless, iconic appeal. Popular models are supplied by leading names such as Villeroy and Boch, Laufen and Ideal Standard, who have all created their own spin on this model of WC pan. While, bold and minimalist in the majority of cases, this style of the toilet has also been adapted by traditional ceramics specialists Imperial Bathrooms, who have skilfully merged this new design with the aesthetics of the period interior for a unique effect. Have a browse to see the individual creations and characters that have been designed by our prestigious suppliers. Prices range from entry-level models to sophisticated, designer models that integrate the latest technologies, such as the Villeroy and Boch rimless toilets. For the required elements to complete a Wall Hung Toilet Suite, please do not forget to have a look at the required mounting frames, concealed toilet cisterns and flush plates to forge a unique and stylish WC area.
Wall hung toilets are efficient, clean and stylish. Thanks to innovative design and ceramics technology, we can offer you a range of toilets that will cut your cleaning time significantly. Take CeramicPlus by Villeroy & Boch for example. Using a special process, they have taken toilet ceramics to a whole new level. Water droplets form on the surface of the CeramicPlus toilet, and flow straight into the outlet taking away contaminates such as dirt and limescale with them.
Advances have been made in rimless technology by brands such as Geberit, Roca and Villeroy and Boch. These wall hung pans are completely rim-free removing any hidden areas for germs and dirt to accumulate. This makes cleaning easier but also keeps your toilet pan cleaner for longer and much more hygienic.
One of the questions we are sometimes asked about wall hung toilets is how they are strong enough to support a person. The toilet is supported by a properly installed cistern frame pack, we would highly recommend a Geberit or Grohe frame. Once installed correctly, the combined frame and toilet installation should support over 200kg comfortably (that’s 30 stone), and so we hope this gives you peace of mind. It’s important to check with your bathroom installer that they have experience in fitting this type of toilet. Fortunately, most experienced plumbers will be able to install your new toilet competently and safely. In short, wall hung toilets are extremely safe and robust! The frames we sell are tested rigorously well above standards they would encounter in everyday use, we do not hesitate to recommend them to all of our customers who are looking to renovate or for a completely new bathroom.
Wall mounted pans require a concealed cistern and frame, the frame is very important as it not only holds the weight of the pan securely on the wall but its strong metal frame supports your weight in addition when the toilet is in use. The cistern is concealed in the wall, feeding clean water into the pan on operation of the flush plate or button. A variety of designs and heights are available. Geberit, one of the market leaders actually offer free sanitary installer training sessions throughout the year in their UK Head Offices, the training module covers methods required for fitting and maintaining wall hung toilets showing their genuine commitment to passing on their industry leading knowledge and specialised skills. Your plumber can contact Geberit for further details.
The wall mounted the style of pan originated on the content and is increasingly popular in the UK. Whether customers are looking to renovate their existing bathrooms, redesign a newly acquired property, or start from scratch in a new build the wall mounted pan is increasingly sought after as a modern, clean and attractive option. There is no reason we cannot adopt this style of WC in the UK, with a variety of supporting cistern and frame packs being developed for a variety of needs. Most wall hung pans have bolt fixing centres of 180mm, good cistern frames have adjustable bolt fixing centres and are adaptable to a variety of pans. Contact us if you are unsure about compatibility of a wall hung toilet on our website and one of our cistern frame packs. If you are looking for a more traditional style of WC to meet a classic contemporary style, options are available from both Burlington and Imperial Bathrooms as in the image below. Wall mounted pans in the UK can be installed behind stud walls and even within specialist furniture, in slimmer depths and lower height cavities provided you select the correct cistern frame pack, all of which are available from ukbathrooms!
The Burlington Wall Hung Pan is featured in the image above, demonstrating a contemporary classic style can be achieved with a wall hung pan
A contemporary classic feel is easily achieved with a wall hung pan, the off the floor design adds to a lighter cleaner feel whilst the traditional fluting of this design style adds traditional period charm and character. As illustrated you can combine wall hung toilets with fitted furniture, get in touch with us for a quote on these options. Another option could be a wall mounted toilet pan from traditional ceramics specialist Imperial Bathrooms, made by hand by their team of specialists in the UK, they have a variety of wall hung styles available as part of larger design groups, meaning you can match your wall hung pan to other pieces in the range for design consistency across your whole bathroom, for example the Imperial Carlyon Wall Hung Toilet would match the rest of the Carlyon range beautifully, it could be paired with the Carlyon Basin stand, and Carlyon Wall Lights for that sought after contemporary classic feel. Another popular choice is the Imperial Radcliffe Wall Hung Toilet, this matches the Imperial Radcliffe basins beautifully.
Small wall hung toilets are available, these are the same width as a standard toilet (so no worry about slipping off the side of a narrow loo seat!) the saving in space is on the projection, short projection pans also known as small wall hung wc’s or compact pans do not protrude as far in length. These are ideal for use in a cloakroom, where space is at a premium, or simply for those of us who would prefer a slimmer shaped toilet that doesn’t obtrude and project too far into the bathroom space. They are just as efficient and attractive and appear completely regular once installed. Other cloakroom sized items would compliment this well for example a cloakroom basin or slim depth furniture.
A wide range of short projection wall hung toilets are available from ukbathrooms.
The image above illustrates the following toilets which we would recommend for cloakroom and compact bathrooms: Laufen PRO Compact, Vitra S20 Short Projection, Abacus Simple Compact, Vitra Sento Compact, V&B Subway 2 Compact, Crosswater Pier Short Projection Toilet, V&B Subway Compact many more are available.
Pros - the advantages of a wall hung toilet are:
Cleanliness. A variety of features make the wall hung pan a more hygienic choice, including upgrading to a rimless pan type, but mainly the simple wash-down nature of a wall hung shape which allows it to be cleaned quickly. The floor space underneath is quickly and easily moped up, and with no cistern on display there is no cistern to clean. Opting for a smooth shape means no nooks and crannies for dust and dirt to build up.
Design aesthetic. A modern, contemporary light look is achieved in installing the cistern in the wall you are hiding the clutter away in a wall cavity or unit, you are essentially freeing up that space to the eye, creating the illusion of a larger, less busy area.
Reduced noise. Quality Geberit and Grohe and Villeroy and Boch cisterns for example come with insulation technology which reduces the noise of the cistern filling. There is also no clanking of a pottery cistern lid, but a simple flush plate which can be removed for access to the cistern.
Cons – which other toilets might suit you
Budget. It may be more prudent to opt for a floor standing toilet (sometimes called back to wall) with a concealed cistern if your budget is very tight, however do please get in touch as we have competitively priced options we can quote for you.
Space. You may not have the space or facilities to create a wall cavity to house the concealed cistern and frame required, in which case you could consider furniture for wall hung toilets, toilet units. Alternately a close coupled toilet could be what you’re looking for.
Footprint. You may prefer the base of your toilet to stand on the floor, but also like the idea of a concealed cistern, in which case you should opt for a floor standing toilet which only needs a concealed cistern (no frame is required to hold the weight of the pan up) these can be installed in furniture or cavities.
Cleanliness is a big plus for wall hung toilets, illustrated by rimfree technology such as the Aquablade feature on the Ideal Standard Concept Air Aquablade Wall Hung Toilet
Final thoughts for wall hung toilets installations
A final thought based on our experience would be to advise you to go for a taller cistern frame if you do have the height available, the reason for this is that with the shorter toilet frames, 0.82 for example have a lower flush plate fitting area, which can be obscured when raising the toilet lid, this is fine for most people, but it is nicer in the finished bathroom design to have a toilet seat the opens and sits below the toilet button plate, this avoids it hitting the plate and allows for a smoother opening. Taller customers will also appreciate a higher frame! Another tip would be if you prefer a button to a plate there are several Geberit buttons that can be used instead of a flush plate, simply match the range name for example a Kappa cistern requires a Kappa plate or Kappa button, just get in touch if you need any help!