How to Measure for a Toilet Bowl Replacement for Your Bathroom


Upgrading a bathroom is one of the surest ways of increasing not only the aesthetic value of your home, but also its overall worth. Replacing a toilet is one of the easiest ways to improve your bathroom's look. Toilets come in a variety of styles and come with features that enable quiet flushing, saving water and saving space. It's important to have the correct measurements before starting renovations.

  • Extend a tape measure from the wall behind the toilet to either of the two bolts holding the toilet bowl to the ground. Knowing this measurement, called the rough-in, is important because it ensures that your new toilet bowl will line up with your existing drain.

  • Measure the toilet from the back of the tank to the front of the bowl.

  • Measure the toilet bowl at floor level from the back to the front and then from the left side to the right side. These measurements are referred to as the toilet's footprint and are key in ensuring that your new toilet bowl covers the same area as the one being replaced.

  • Measure the height of the toilet bowl from the floor to the top of the bowl's rim. This is important if you are replacing a toilet for someone who is handicapped because handicapped toilets or ADA-approved toilets are taller than the average toilet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Measure everything twice just to ensure that all your measurements are correct.
  • Note if the rim of your bowl is round or elongated (oval-shaped).

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