House designing is always interesting, but wait until it’s measurement time! Yes, measuring is the most technical phase that calls for the highest level of expertise.
The slightest mistake in measuring can land you in an ugly scenario, which can take away the beauty of the whole house. But what is the standard toilet room size in any home?
Homeowners don’t have to stick to a particular dimension for a toilet. Many people adapt the room to the available space, which is why you’ll find different sizes in different homes. However, a standard toilet should be at least 30″ by 60″, according to the International Residential Code (IRC)
If you are renovating your existing bathroom or building a new home, deciding on the proper size of the room that houses the toilet is a crucial part of planning. But in most cases, the room size depends on the types of fixtures you intend to set up. The idea of the toilet size also depends mainly on your preference.
It is essential to know the minimum toilet or bathroom dimensions when constructing your home. One of the common problems arising from not keenly considering these dimensions is an expanding family.
If you are starting a new family, you are likely to welcome new members. Also, if at some point some of your relatives move in to share the property with you, the toilet space may not be sufficient to accommodate all of you.
For instance, there will be some days when all family members will need to get ready for an occasion, and the toilets will not be enough to facilitate their preparation. You will hear the teenagers arguing about who gets into your home first.
This will tell you how you need to do something to the toilets. However, expanding the space later when the home is entirely constructed is the most challenging thing, and it’s impossible in many cases.
Therefore, knowing the dimensions at the planning stage of your construction will save you the hassle that will come later.
Different people have different preferences for their toilets. Many fixtures determine your toilet space. Below are some of the critical factors you should consider when planning to set up a new toilet in your home.
Intended Size of Your Home
In most cases, the toilet size you should construct depends on the size of the house itself. A two-bedroom house, for instance, will not have the same toilet size as a colossal maisonette would have. Building a big-sized toilet in a home with small rooms doesn’t look impressive either.
Toilet Bowl Shape
A toilet room is a place that accommodates the toilet. Toilet bowls come in different shapes. The traditional toilet bowl is round and may not need a bigger space. However, most modern toilets have elongated shapes that may need some extra inches to accommodate.
The Intended Toilet Style
Apart from the toilet bowl shape, toilet styles vary based on the owner’s preferences. There are four common toilet styles, namely;
- Close-coupled toilet. This is the type of toilet that is common in modern homes. For this style, the cistern is attached to the toilet bowl. They can be made using one or two separate piece units joined together. The style is suitable for smaller spaces but requires some extra wall space due to its height.
- Back to wall toilet. This style is similar to the closed coupled toilet, only that its cistern is hidden inside the wall or covered by some storage furniture within the toilet space.
- Low-level toilet. Low-level toilets are where the toilet bowl stands alone on the floor, and its cistern is mounted on a lower level of the wall. The cistern is then joined to the bowl using a pipe.
- Wall hung toilet. Like the back-to-wall toilet, this type of toilet has its cistern hidden in the wall, and the bowl is mounted directly to the wall above the floor.
Each of the toilet styles consumes different space sizes. Therefore, before determining the size of the toilet room you need, you should consider the toilet style you wish to adapt.
According to the International Residential Code (IRC), the standard toilet room size is 30 inches by 60 inches. These are the most diminutive dimensions, and anything less does not qualify a toilet room code.
However, if you are a comfort lover, slightly higher dimensions suit your desires. 36 inches by 66 inches is the next recommended toilet room size. This offers improved accessibility and is also suitable for the disabled- who can access the room aided by a wheelchair or any other assistance means.
Still, some need a more lavish toilet room to extend the dimensions to 48 inches by 72 inches.
As I said above, the minimum dimensions for a toilet room according to the IRC should be 30 inches by 60 inches. If you are working on minimal space, these dimensions can help you make a decent toilet room that accommodates the essential element; the toilet.
However, this size can be challenging, especially if you have a disabled member in your family. It can be challenging for a single wheelchair to fit the available space. Also, it can still be a struggle for the partially disabled to use this toilet with crutches, canes, or other movement aids.
If you adapt this toilet room size, you’ll be sure to have the smallest storage space than you could imagine. However, you can create more space by removing some fixtures, such as the handwashing sink to the outside of the room.
The medium standard dimensions do not have much difference from the minimum size. You’ll still have several constraints in the accessibility, especially by the elderly or disabled family members or visitors.
Storage space will remain a challenge, giving you not many reasons to go for it if you are planning to construct a toilet room in your home.
Even though the 48 inches by 72 inches dimensions may not be lavish for everyone, it’s way better than the first two IRC dimensions. If you can choose this size, you can find ample room for comfort and ease for accessibility.
Also, this size will comfortably leave you some room for storage, so you don’t have to worry about keeping the toiletries in a separate room. If you are a decor lover, the size will also allow you to throw in some decorations to make the toilet a bit glamorous.
A small hand washing sink will also find a place within the room. Even though it might not still be sufficient for our needs, at least your visitors will enjoy the ample space offered by these dimensions. Also, it allows easy access for those using movement aids.
As you’ve seen, therefore, a toilet room size can vary from a minimum to a huge size depending on your preference. However, proper planning will help you to achieve the best design. You need to have an extensive discussion with your planning team and designer to ensure you achieve the desired size for each of your toilet rooms.