Can You Rotate A Toilet? – Bathroom Remodeling



here's a question I received a while ago they wanted to know if they could rotate a toilet so let's go ahead and see if we actually can so here we're looking at a toilet up against a wall and the space between the back of the toilets usually about an inch so the center pipe is going to be located most of the time the minimum distance is 15 inches from the sides and it could be third it could be 18 inches in a confined area that all depends and it's usually going to be 12 inches away from the finished wall the first thing I'm going to do is draw a center line down the toilet and to give you an idea what we're looking at here this line will come up from the center of the pipe or the toilet flange if we rotate the toilet 45 degrees there's a very good chance it's going to have two problems one will be that it will hit the wall and in this would be it at a variety of different angles you know I'm sure you could rotate the toilet five degrees you could actually rotate it to enough to where it would be touching the wall where the tank would be touching the wall but to rotate it at a 45 degree angle as we're looking at here in the picture and you have the standard 12 inches 12 inch distance away from the finished walls and there's a good chance that the tank will actually hit the wall what about rotating the toilet at a 90 degree angle if this is the case and you have a standard toilet there's a good chance you'd be able to do something like this even though it would be uncomfortable a lot of times they want the 15 inch distance between the center and the finished wall to provide you with some elbow room and you wouldn't really have that here you know you rotate the toilet 90 degrees and and all that but again it all depends on where your toilet pipe is located if the toilet is you know 15 inches away from the back of the wall and 15 inches away from the side of the wall then you wouldn't have a problem with with that but that's not going to be the norm here's another problem you could encounter some of the flanges rotate like this one here you can turn this around and it this uh the blue part here actually rotates you can take it and move it into a different position so this would actually work if you are going to rotate a toilet and you had this type of a flange but if you have this type of a flange where it's solid it doesn't rotate and if that's the case you're going to have a problem you wouldn't be able to rotate it 90 degrees or 45 degrees it would only have you could rotate it maybe 10 degrees depending upon the location of this area right here however they do have and sell a variety of different flanges like these where you can actually screw them to the floor if you have a wood floor used some anchors if you have a concrete floor or actually attach them to the toilet flange themselves so the two problems I see with rotating a toilet will be that it could hit the wall the toilet tank could hit the wall or another part of the toilet could hit the wall you wouldn't be able to rotate it then and of course the toit the toilet flange itself might not if it doesn't turn then you would have to get some type of an adapter like this to rotate the toilet so hopefully that answers your question rotating a toilet turning it in different directions sometimes might even require the plumbing waist drainpipe to actually be moved

3 Comments

  • Jordan G

    April 15, 2019

    Oh man…I've been looking for homes in South Philly…most toilets are 12 inches from the wall with no elbow or even knee/leg room

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  • MrMac5150

    April 15, 2019

    I have been in some peoples restrooms where they are just to cramped for a big man.

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  • MrMac5150

    April 15, 2019

    Greg what are the specs for regular toilet 15 inches from side to center
    and 18 for handicap plus a space for a wheelchair.

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