Do You Need A Separate Room For Your Toilet?
Commonly referred to as a water closet (or WC), toilet rooms are small nooks with a toilet and a door. Most often seen in a master bathroom, they provide privacy for ‘using the facilities’ while someone else can be accessing the rest of the bathroom. And that’s why I’m currently a fan of the WC!
As it seems with the past several bathroom decisions I’ve had to work through, it’s easier to consider what you have to give up than the benefits of a certain feature. So to have a separate toilet room, what might you have to omit from your floor plans?
Well, a WC should be at least 3 feet wide by 5 feet long. That’s a lot of space if you’re trying to maximize every last inch of your available space! Not to mention, a wall between the toilet and the rest of the room will takeaway another 4.5 inches (the width of studs with drywall).
Hinged or Pocket Door
You also need to consider the swing of a door to access the toilet room. A traditional door on hinges needs room on the non-toilet room side to open and close. Will other doors interfere with its operation? Will the vanity prevent it from opening all the way?
Another option, if you’re leaning pro-toilet room, is the pocket door. VERY hard to add after the fact, you’ll want to plan on this style door from the get-go if you can! (Framing for the door is added into the framing of the walls before drywall is added.) While it eliminates the need to have enough floor space for the door to swing, it does mean you can’t have plumbing in the same wall.
As an email subscriber pointed out, if you’re sharing the master bathroom with someone, you know that person well enough to be in the same space while one of you happens to be using the toilet. And since ‘throne rooms’ are usually so cramped, it isn’t worth it.
Plus you can smell and hear through a door so you’re really not adding much privacy. I’m not sure I totally agree with this sentiment, but it’s only fair to point out a reason not to have a separate toilet room!
I’m fighting hard (against available space, not my husband!) to have a separate toilet room. Since my closet and everyday, getting-ready essentials will be in the new bathroom, I don’t want someone else’s physical needs to keep me from accessing them. Mornings are crazy enough!
What are your thoughts on a separate toilet room/water closet? Would you include one if you could? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea