The bathroom is perhaps the one area in your house that provides a sanctuary of comfort and cleanliness. It should also be an area where the most space is needed. Modern bathrooms, no matter the size, no longer exist just for typical bathroom activities. So how do we save space in the bathroom? There is no magical formula but there is one component that is often overlooked that will not only save space, but has proven to be a consistent trend in modern bathrooms. Believe it or not, the solution is your toilet. More precisely, concealed cisterns.


As it states in the name, a concealed cistern is a toilet cistern that is hidden away. Its hiding spots include wall cavities, ceilings and bathroom vanities. They are prevalent in shopping mall bathrooms because of the space it saves and easy access to flush. A panel with flush buttons is mounted on the wall and a simple push of a button will do the trick. Apart from saving space, they are more hygienic than your standard toilets. With the concealed cistern, it is as easy as disinfecting around the pan without the hassle and interruption of a visible cistern. It is a truly innovative solution and includes a number of benefits aside from the obvious space and hygiene. The concealed cistern reduces noise. It is built into the wall, therefore reducing any noise created. This is an ideal situation if nature decides to call at 3am. All built-in cisterns are designed and built to withstand up to 400kg in weight, even if the toilet pans are wall-hung. Perhaps its biggest advantage over normal standing toilets is that it is environmentally friendly. The actuator plates on some flush panels boast a dual-flush mechanism. This flushing-mechanism can reduce water costs – it uses four litres of water for a single flush and six litres on a double flush. Older toilets can use up to 11 litres per flush.


So now that we have enticed you about the benefits of the concealed cistern, what about maintenance. If it’s hidden in the wall, surely we need to remove tiles just in case we need to fix a leak? Fortunately not. Maintaining your new toilet will be a relatively simple task. It is considered best practice to install the cistern while you are busy with bathroom renovations and building. However, the cisterns are able to fit between 5600m studs and only 75mm deep. If your toilet needs maintenance, you would only remove the actuating plates on the service access panel.

When choosing a toilet, it’s important to remember the following: establish the ‘set-out’ required. This is the distance from the wall to the centre of the waste outlet. This requirement can vary, depending on the age of your house. New homes will have a standard set-out of about 140-165mm. However, if the set-out is more than 200mm or less than 100mm, it will limit your choice in the type of toilet you buy.

The fun advantage of this modern day toilet system is that there is a wide variety available to suit your needs. For a quote or to browse their catalogue, shop around at REECE Plumbing Supplies.