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For many people, having the toilet cistern and pipes all exposed seems unsightly. A quick and easy solution to this is having a toilet unit fitted. This conceals the entire toilet, except for the bowl itself and creates a sleek finish which fits neatly against the wall.

They come in a variety of materials and colours, so you can definitely find one to match the look of your overall bathroom suite!

How it works

The toilet unit fits flush against the wall, covering the cistern part of the toilet, leaving the bowl at the front. The toilet pipework is installed as normal, but is hidden behind the panels of the unit, with the flush feature normally built in. Toilet units are all of a similar size, largely because all toilets are of a similar size, and they take up little floor space. You can typically expect toilet units to be between 766mm and 850mm tall, between 500mm and 700mm wide, and 220mm and 305mm deep.


The primary materials used to make toilet units are MDF (medium-density fibreboard), MFC (melamine faced chipboard), or a combination of wood and plastic. All bathstore units are sealed around the edges and are water-resistant, so you needn’t worry about any water damage.

They are very practical, built to conceal and cover as well as act as a nifty design feature. Made by bathstore to the highest quality, they are likely to last a very long time. All the materials are easy to clean, so you can keep your unit looking as good as the day it was installed.

For hints and tips about how to clean your toilet unit, take a look at this guide.


Since they serve a mostly practical function, toilet units are usually made in a clean, plain design. They come in an assortment of colours, made to match the other furniture in the suite. White is one of the most popular colour choices for toilet units, since it can match almost any colour scheme and style. Scratches tend to show up less on white units, too, so you needn’t worry about appearance if the units sustains any small nicks.

Toilet units are also available in wooden tones such as oak and mahogany, as well as more dramatic shades like grey and black. If the overall style of your suite is sleek and modern, units in such dynamic colours will fit right in. Although, typically, toilet units are not statement pieces, this could be an opportunity for you to be really original, making a feature out of a unit that could otherwise be overlooked. Having a stand-out toilet unit in a glossy black will be a real focal point in the room, and will certainly catch the eye of any visitors!

Though some toilet units are better suited in a modern-looking bathroom, they can also look fantastic in a traditional one. Traditional bathroom suites are more likely to use the toilet cistern as a feature, especially if the cistern conforms to the Victorian vintage appearance of the room, but units made in white or wooden tones may complement the vintage look beautifully.

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