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Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comI’ll admit, this is an odd topic for regular conversation, but after the guest bathroom reveal last week, there has been a lot of talk about my toilet, of all things. Haha! I’m serious. I’ve been answering tons of toilet questions lately and thought a post was in order. Lots of you loved how I upgraded the water closet space, so I wanted to share some additional ideas and tips for doing just that. I also took some time to roundup my favorite toilets for every style. Click through to read all the riveting toilet material (HA! but really)

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comFirst let’s chat about ways to make a standard toilet look more interesting and custom… because who doesn’t want a toilet that feels like it belongs in a fancy hotel? I’m going to copy my brainstorming list below- these were the thoughts that crossed my mind when designing the guest bath water closet:

  • Swap the standard lever.
  • Opt for a classic shape that fits the home’s aesthetic.
  • Trade the toilet seat / lid.
  • Change up the color (black toilets are making a comeback).
  • Upgrade to a soft close seat.
  • Consider efficiency.
  • Bring in matching fixtures (the TP holder, etc).

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comThere are a LOT of toilet options on the market and shopping for a new one can be a little overwhelming. To make things easier, I broke down my favorites in the roundup below… I categorized the toilets by function & style:

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.com

classical // transitional // art deco

modern // shaker // mid century

traditional // budget // dual flush

wall hung // tankless // smart

Obviously I landed on this option for our guest bath and we installed this one in our previous home. There are things to like about each of them- and the style really suited each home. You should also consider the size and seat shape. If you’re working with a tiny space, a round toilet bowl is a major space saver (like our last bathroom), or if you have the room- an elongated seat is ideal and said to be the most comfortable.

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comOur previous toilet had top controls with dual flush technology that was really nice. It fit the budget, had a soft close seat, and was basic in a good way.

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comAnother thing I consider is cleanability. I clean the bathroom pretty frequently and having a toilet that is easy to scrub saves a lot of time.

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comYou can see our previous toilet (above) had lots of lots of curves and plumbing to clean around, but the new one (below) has a nice flat skirt that should make cleaning much easier. That was something I really wanted this time around.

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comI thought I’d reallllly miss our old bathroom, but after finishing the guest bath- I’m just excited to have another beautiful space. Plus, this renovation still has 3 more baths that need an overhaul- one being the master suite, so there is plenty to look forward to in the coming years.

Ways to Upgrade Your Toilet + A Roundup of Favorites - roomfortuesday.comAs always, I’d love to hear your questions or comments below! Hopefully this will help you choose the perfect toilet for your rump to rest upon (omg- too far?). Haha! I’m clearly in a mood today and am in need of the weekend. We’ll be working on installing hardwood floors, so look for that tutorial soon. Emmett and I also need to film our guest bathroom video wrap-up with our after thoughts. I’m really looking forward to that! Stay tuned. Happy Friday friends!

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    Peggi
    March 15, 2019 at 4:27 am

    🤣 I absolutely guffawed when I saw your title, but I definitely kept reading. I had no idea so many styles of toilets existed! A few years ago, we replaced both of ours, and the plumbing showroom did NOT have all those options. I confess to being fairly irritated at the cost of them too. I didn’t know exchanging handles was an option, but I did learn toilets can be different heights. When the plumber asked if I wanted an ADA toilet, I gave him a stink eye (Was he calling me old?!). Turns out a taller toilet is more comfortable, and our home has a 6’4″ resident. I did have a black seat/lid for a while, but the budget-friendly one I ordered became really scratched and was honestly kind of flimsy plastic.☹️ I loved the look though. Now that I’ve fully covered my toilet thoughts…Happy Friday!! (This week…ugh. Thanks for being a bright spot. I am so excited about your office floor!!)

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      Sarah
      March 15, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Haha!! I figured most people would think “hmmm, nope”. I can’t believe I forgot to talk about height- thank you so much for bringing that up! I also prefer a taller toilet. Funny story (that may be TMI), but when I was in high school my dad had to have a double knee / hip replacement and both of our bathrooms needed renovated anyway, so my parents renovated one and added an ADA compliant tall toilet. I switched from the bathroom I had always used to that one because it was so nice. HAH! Hope you have a great weekend- sorry to hear your week hasn’t been a great one. Onto brighter days :) xox

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    Karen
    March 15, 2019 at 6:21 am

    My husband insisted on a toilet seat-top electric bidet in our master. It required an outlet be installed behind the toilet, and while it does have a little control panel sticking off the side, the seat warmer is a GAME changer! You never realize during winter there’s a split second of temperature shock when you sit on the seat – once that temp is changed from room temp to HEATED, it becomes a split second of warm fuzzies. I’m serious. These are the kinds of ideas my husband brings to the reno game (others include: painting the ceiling black….in the mancave only!); sometimes odd to me, but always considered.

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      Sarah
      March 15, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Yesss!! Smart toilets are amazing. Unfortunately we didn’t have the budget for one of those this time around, but I can definitely see why people love them. Kudos to your husband for bringing the functional and luxury amenities to the renovation table :) I’m envious! xo

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    Linda
    March 15, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I’d also like to do a shout out for the higher toilet as mentioned in the above comment. My husband and I went for higher toilets, thinking they would come in handy in the future. Not to long thereafter, he had knee surgery and the higher toilet seat made all the difference! Higher seats are just for aging people, there are a number of reasons, including just general comfort, that a higher seat makes sense. Now, we’d never go back!

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      Sarah
      March 15, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Yes!! I responded to Peggi’s comment about this- SUCH a great point. I actually prefer a taller toilet and they’re so great for all sorts of reasons :)

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        Sally
        March 15, 2019 at 9:52 am

        I think that the higher level loo thing is a bit of a double-edged sword – I agree that they are generally more comfortable if you are tall (my 6’8” son would certainly appreciate this) or have knee/hip issues, but knowing that the best sitting position physiologically for what you are actually in there to do is as close to a squat as possible it seems as though they may well cause some issues…
        We had a fully-automated Japanese-style loo when we were on holiday in Vancouver Island (heated seat; lighting; bidet and drying functions and self-cleaning) and it was officially Glorious!™️ – I would definitely opt for one of these if it was in the budget for a renovation.
        Looking at your new black loo seat, it seems as if it’s not the one that the link goes to – yours has a break at the front of the seat (U-shaped) – does this serve a purpose, or is it just aesthetics?

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          Sarah
          March 15, 2019 at 10:58 am

          Definitely! It depends on the family who inhabits the home, their height, preference, etc. In regards to my black toilet seat- such a good catch! I didn’t even notice the U-shape… here is the exact link. It’s just an aesthetic / stylistic difference :)

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    Anne
    March 15, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I *just can’t” get over how smitten I am with the paint color/wall paper/millwork combo! I need this in my house somewhere!

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      Sarah
      March 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

      Aw thank you!! I’m really loving it. Our family arrives next week, so I’m hoping they’ll enjoy the guest bath :) xo

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    Grace
    March 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Can you please link the art works above guest and master toilets ? And where did you find the long match sticks ? Thanks !

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    Julie S
    March 15, 2019 at 10:18 am

    For my next toilet a flat skirt is definitely on my list of must haves! Our old bathroom (renovated by my hubby before I met him) was painted deep red and had a black-brown wood vanity and toilet seat… first time I’d ever seen a dark seat on a white toilet and it truly added so much to the look and feel of the bathroom as a whole. But I do have to cast my vote for the shorter height toilets – I’m 5’2″ and have to sit with my toes on tiptoe with the high ones. I try to use our short hall bath toilet instead of our seat height master toilet most of the time. I also second what Sally said about physiology/function, though a squatty potty stool can assist with that (so ugly yet so comfy).

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      Sarah
      March 15, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for weighing in Julie! The height definitely depends on your height, and I totally agree that it’s probably better from a physiological standpoint :) I have yet to try the squatty potty though, ha! TMI? lol! Nothing like toilet talk on a Friday.

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    Kim B.
    March 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    This reminds me of when I was in journalism school and got sent to a neighborhood to inquire with people what they thought about their new (city-mandated) low-flush toilets. (This was in the mid-1990s.)

    Kids had just gotten out of school and were hanging around and next thing I knew I kept hearing cries of “TOILET GIRL” resounding around. I can still hear those voices and laughter more than 20 years later. Who can blame them??!!

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      Sarah
      March 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      HAH! This made me laugh out loud… so funny! I hear you though. I started drafting this post and thought, “do people really want to talk about toilets because I sort of do”. lol! I think that’s even more laughable. Who am i?! Have a great weekend Kim! xo

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    Paul
    March 17, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Sarah, this is breathtaking makeover! You never cease to surprise me! The flooring and titles on the wall of your bath look stunning. So do the vanity and fittings! Simply brilliant and inspiring taste!

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      Sarah
      March 18, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Thank you so much Paul! :)

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