Is it my imagination, or are loos getting lower?!

(28 Posts)
flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 09:36:33

Just that, really... Toilet stands seem lower than they used to... I have dodgy knees, and they seem a long way down...

Anyone else noticed that loos are shrinking, or is it just me?!

KhloeKardashian Mon 26-Aug-13 11:53:58

You can get a thing you can put on top of the toilet to raise it. Maybe buy a nice box from IKEA to disguise it in when not in use.http://www.clearwellmobility.co.uk/bathroom/raised-toilet-seats/

True.
and with my little short legs I'm pleased!

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 26-Aug-13 12:01:02

Thank you! So I'm not going mad after all! Yes, yes, they most definitely are. They'll end up like the ones in nurseries soon.

Ragwort Mon 26-Aug-13 12:05:06

I agree; they are also a lot less 'solid' grin - than they used to be, my DPs have recently moved into a house with an older loo, it is much larger, higher and generally more efficient than modern ones !! New loos don't have enough water to 'flush' through, hence so many blocked toilets these days.

Good new business opportunity for someone I would think (Dragon's Den ? grin).

flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 12:07:15

Haha, I thought I was going mad too! I guess the smaller they are, the cheaper they are to manufacture. hmm I know about the things you can get to raise them - my dad had one. I'm just hoping to delay the day I buy one until after the kids leave home!

ArtexMonkey Mon 26-Aug-13 12:08:55

Not just house toilets either; our way back from holiday this year we stopped at a services, i went for a wee and got the shock of my life, i thought i was falling, except no, the bog seat was about a foot lower than i thought it would be and it took my arse a while to catch on.

Reastie Mon 26-Aug-13 12:31:08

grin you know when you read a thread title and you don't know why but you have to take a look? Yup, that's me!

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 12:37:33

Squatting is a healthier posture for pooing. Maybe that's why.

flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 14:48:32

Then the logical next step, waffly, is for them to do away with loos altogether, and the uk can convert to squatters like most of the rest of the world! But then I'm in real trouble...! grin

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 14:53:02

I wonder what piles and IBS figures are like for squatting countries? hmm

I don't think a sudden swap to squatters would go down very well. They don't appeal to me from what little I've seen on the internets.

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 14:55:09
mirai Mon 26-Aug-13 15:01:07

Squatters are vile, I live abroad and the only loos at my work etc are squatters and they are GRIM. Plus it's hard to wipe properly whilst trying to make sure you don't dip your hem/ back of your skirt into all the vileness surrounding the loo.

flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 15:40:47

I simply can't squat, due to arthritis. I'd never be able to poo again!

flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 15:42:00

Lowering the tone on a sunny bank holiday afternoon, that's me! blush

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 15:49:46

you'd have to clamber onto the sink then, in the new world order, flow

flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 16:14:32

Good to have someone lowering the tone with me, waffly! wink

oldnewmummy Mon 26-Aug-13 16:30:23

I'm just visualizing Amazon reviews for the squat toilet ...

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 17:16:09

After using the new Buckingham Palace public toilets I found it very easy to clean the shit and piss off of the foot treads however my dress hem still smells of stale piss even after a machine wash.

FriskyHenderson Mon 26-Aug-13 17:21:45

How do you use squatters in trousers?

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 17:26:58

tuck the hems into your socks and gather the top behind your knees?

I'm not sure what particular logistical difficulty you are envisaging?

mirai may have some insight.

CanadianJohn Mon 26-Aug-13 17:47:55

If you WANT to convert your existing toilet to a squatter, just place a wooden box around the base to raise the effective floor level.

There is a humerous article on using a squatter here: www.banterist.com/archivefiles/000348.html

CanadianJohn Mon 26-Aug-13 17:52:07

be sure read the comments at the above link

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 19:48:53

staycations for me forever more.

flow4 Mon 26-Aug-13 21:38:30

Stalls, huh? Doors?! Don't get me started on trench toilets!

timidviper Mon 26-Aug-13 21:49:46

Many years ago I remember being taught about constipation and advice to give patients, one piece of which was to use a lower toilet or use a box to raise the feet to get a similar effect so maybe a lower loo is better for the bowels.

My pet hate is not the height but the width allowed (or not allowed more to the point) for arse expansion when sitting IYSWIM. We stopped at a motorway services yesterday and the combination of a narrow cubicle and a sanitary disposal bin jammed in at the side made sitting very uncomfortable for anybody larger than a racing snake. I don't expect to be comfy enough to sit there for hours but pooing on a slant because I can't get both bum cheeks on there is a bit much angry

mirai Mon 26-Aug-13 23:56:10

Yes, you're right, I roll my trousers up to my knees, and roll my skirts or dresses up around my waist!!

fiverabbits Tue 27-Aug-13 00:18:43

You can toilets for the disabled in builders merchants. They are at least 4 inches higher than normal toilets. We have two in my house as my DH is 6 feet 4 inches tall and has had two knee replacements but still has trouble bending his knees.

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