Wall-hung toilets provide a great way to create the illusion of a more spacious bathroom, but once it’s been fitted, how do you go about boxing it in? This guide explains how to box in a wall-hung toilet.
To conceal the cistern and pipework from view, they will need to be fitted into some kind of frame. This frame is what also supports the weight of the toilet, which is normally supported by the floor. A frame can be made from wooden battens or you can buy a ready-made metal frame. Using a pre-built frame means that you don’t have to construct anything, so all you need to do is buy the frame, and then box around it with plasterboard or plywood so it’s ready for tiling.
Regardless if you opt for wood battens or a metal frame, you’ll need to box around it with plywood if you’re using tiles, or plasterboard. The plasterboard needs to be plastered over before painting.
Some wall-hung toilets include the concealed cistern in the price, but most of the time it’s not supplied. When buying a concealed cistern you’ll need to ensure that it’s compatible with the frame system. Some frames come with the cistern.
If the concealed cistern has been fitted properly, then you shouldn’t need to get to it, but it’s always good practice to ensure that the cistern can easily be accessed should any problems arise. When boxing in around the frame, incorporate a panel that can be unscrewed and removed. Depending on the design of the bathroom and whether the cistern is accessed from the top or front, the removable panel will be on the top of the boxed area or on the wall.
Wall-hung toilets are available in a variety of designs, and most come complete with the seat. If you decide to spend more on the wall-hung pan, you could make your toilet more affordable by opting for a cheaper seat. Toilet seats with soft close hinges and quick release mechanisms are the most expensive.