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Tiny WC - Rehang door to open outwards or sink over toilet?

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DataColour Mon 05-Jun-17 14:18:11

Recently moved into our house and the separate toilet does not have a sink in it. I quite like the fact that it's separate and would like to keep it that way as it's the only toilet in the house, and it's good to be able to use it if somebody is using the bathroom.
The toilet is too small to have a sink in it. The only options are to make the door open outwards and risk hitting somebody coming out of the bathroom or put one of those sink over toilet combos. Neither are ideal, but need to choose one of them. Which would you go for?

I think I prefer option 1 as opening the door outwards would make the toilet seem more spacious as well as accomodating a sink and I don't think it'll get in the way of the bathroom that much.

Option 2, I worry about splashing and having to lean over the toilet to wash hands.

Floor plan attached.

Wolfiefan Mon 05-Jun-17 14:19:27

Bi fold door? But make sure the hinge runs pretty much the length of the door or you could see through the gaps!

Gunpowder Mon 05-Jun-17 14:19:37

I'd put in a sliding door.

SueGeneris Mon 05-Jun-17 14:19:52

I would have the door opening outwards.

user1479289699 Mon 05-Jun-17 14:20:58

I have this same floor plan in my childhood home - the wc door opens outwards and it's not a problem at all. Sink is as soon as you walk in on the left. Noone ever hits anyone walking out of the loo - you don't really need to open a door the entire way to get out of somewhere anyway! and keep it shut when it's empty.

nbee84 Mon 05-Jun-17 14:21:10

Door to open outwards. I know your toilet is upstairs but my downstairs loo in my current and previous house had doors that open outwards, never had a problem hitting anyone.

YellowLawn Mon 05-Jun-17 14:21:49

I would (and have) go with a cistern sink.
it's not akward to use and frees up a lot of space.
another option we explored was getting a small corner sink behind the toilet but went with the cistern sink as plumbing was easier that way.

YellowLawn Mon 05-Jun-17 14:22:45

or do both wink

Redglitter Mon 05-Jun-17 14:24:22

The flat I've just moved from had an outward opening door. Made much more sense. The bathroom in my new house is quite small I'm considering re hanging the door

JamAndBread Mon 05-Jun-17 14:24:34

Option two sounds a bit grim. Definitely option one.

A sliding door won't work as it has no where to slide to and a bifold door sounds a bit flimsy for a toilet door.

StereophonicallyChallenged Mon 05-Jun-17 14:26:25

Don't use bi-fold!! I've tried them failed and have now had a smaller width door put into mine.

Could you try a smaller toilet (smaller footprint) with a mini sink to the left and a narrower door?

Can't see how you'd put a sliding door in from the diagram, but if you could, that would also be better than bi-fold imho.

DataColour Mon 05-Jun-17 14:26:55

ohh that's quick! Thanks for the replies!

If you did hang the door outwards, would you hang it so that it opens towards or away from the bathroom? I was thinking away, towards the stairs. So basically same hing, but hang outwards.

YellowLawn It's interesting to hear that. My other worry is that because the toilet is quite narrow anyway, there won't be room to move aside the toilet to use the sink and my DCs, 6 and 8 and my elderly parents would struggle to straddle the toilet to use the sink....

DataColour Mon 05-Jun-17 14:28:08

DH is dead set against a sliding door (I don't think there is room anyway) or a bifold door, can't convince him otherwise.

ophiotaurus Mon 05-Jun-17 14:28:27

Hang the door so it opens outwards.

Anotherdayanotherdollar Mon 05-Jun-17 14:30:29

My downstairs loo door opens outwards. I think many do in new builds as it's more accessible? It's never been a problem.

I don't like the sound of a loo with no sink, how many door handles etc do you have to touch before getting somewhere to wash your hands? didn't look at floor plan

ophiotaurus Mon 05-Jun-17 14:31:41

I would hang on the same hinge. It's more logical if you are coming up the stairs to use the toilet.

squeaver Mon 05-Jun-17 14:32:44

Perhaps this is too much work, and you did say that you prefer having the loo separate, but... do you need a shower AND a bath? Could you knock down the wall and grab the extra space in the hall, then put in a whole new bathroom with a shower unit in the bath?

squeaver Mon 05-Jun-17 14:33:56

Otherwise, yes, hang the door on the same hinge opening outwards.

NotCitrus Mon 05-Jun-17 14:37:07

Open outwards, hinged where it is. Remind people to leave it just ajar when not in use.
Our bathroom is tiny but doesn't seem small as the door opens outwards. Tempted to rehang kids' bedroom doors to open onto the landing, too.

YellowLawn Mon 05-Jun-17 14:37:17

our downstairs toilet is in the old doorway that led into the garden. so it's very narrow. a sink in front of the toilet was never an option.

when putting in a sink in front of the toilet, measure measure and measure again, including the u-bend and plumbing that you don't end up knocking knees or having to go in sideways. or have people using the sink to pull themselves up.

DataColour Mon 05-Jun-17 14:38:44

squeaver I think that might be a consideration if nothing else will work, as I am adamant that there needs to be a sink next to a toilet! But I also like having a separate shower cubicle, not having to step into a bath. Plus the bathroom had been recently done by the previous owner and is immaculate so I am loath to rip it all out.

Anotherdayanotherdollar too many haha! But the toilet and bathroom is next door to each other and I use one hand for wiping and other hand for opening door (TMI!!), so keeping contamination to a minimum. Don't know about the rest of the family though

YellowLawn Mon 05-Jun-17 14:40:21

our example.

DataColour Mon 05-Jun-17 14:43:10

Do you remember where you got that one from YellowLawn? It looks goo. I was going to get the one from B&Q as it had a short projection and was reasonably priced, but they have discontinued it. Your one looks similar in size.

LorLorr2 Mon 05-Jun-17 14:44:40

We have an awkward toilet door that's too close to another door, bumps do happen, but it's not a big problem and we're just used to it! We're in the habit of just taking extra care in the area.

YellowLawn Mon 05-Jun-17 14:44:45

yes, it's the one from b&q. we had to look up stores that have it in stock as they wouldn't deliver or do ckick&collect to nearest store.

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