How Much Space Should Be in Front of a Toilet?

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When designing a bathroom, you need to pay close attention to how much space you're leaving in front of the toilet. Find out how much space should be in front of the toilet with help from a registered interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Alan Hilsabeck Jr., registered interior designer, and certified master kitchen and bath designer, of Hilsabeck Design Associates. Today I am here at a master bathroom project we designed in South Lake, Texas. I'm going to share with you just how much space should be left in front of a toilet. In general, the recommended space in front of a toilet per the National Kitchen and Bath Association Guidelines is 30 inches, with 21 inches being the minimum distance one should leave in front of the toilet. This will make the overall length of the toilet area, whether in an enclosed space or in an open area between 51 and 60 inches. This is taking into consideration that a standard dimension of a toilet from front to back is 30 inches. Let's not forget to talk about the width. Again, per the National Kitchen and Bath Association's guidelines, the recommended width of a toilet room is 36 inches. While the minimum is 30 inches to provide for your toilet area. And this doesn't matter whether the toilet is in a room like this, or whether it's in an open area. Anything less than the minimum dimensions, whether in length or in depth, are simply too small, and will make your experience while using the toilet that much more uncomfortable. So until next time, this is Alan Hilsabeck Jr., your design professional of Hilsabeck Design Associates, coming to you from South Lake Texas. Have a great day.

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