Home Design Guides: Toilet, Bathroom

Types of toilet

How to choose a toilet

The humble toilet has come a long way since the simple, no-frills outhouse of yesteryear. Find out how to choose the right throne for your home.

Toilet types

Toilet types

Picking the right bowl and cistern setup for your toilet is not as difficult as it might first appear - although there is some basic knowledge that you'll need to get it right.

How to replace a toilet seat

How to replace a toilet seat

In most cases, replacing your toilet seat is an easy and relatively inexpensive task.

Toilet cleaning equipment

How to clean a toilet

For obvious hygiene reasons, cleaning your toilets is the most important part of maintaining a clean bathroom.

Toilet maintenance

Toilet maintenance

Cleaning a toilet is the least fun but most necessary part of cleaning a bathroom.

A dual flush toilet system

Dual flush toilets

Dual flush toilets make a big difference in terms of the water efficiency of toilets.

Water efficient toilets

Toilets account for over 20% of a household’s yearly water usage so by buying the most efficient toilet possible, you can make significant water and dollar savings.

How a toilet flushes

Toilet flushing performance

It’s almost impossible to tell how good a certain toilet will be just by looking at it. All kinds of factors affect how well a toilet flushes, including:

Toilet roll holders

The shape, function and location of your toilet roll holder will all play a part in how well it works.

A bidet


They're not common in Australia, but bidets are very popular in some parts of the world. Find out how a bidet works, what it's used for and how to have one installed in your home.

Cistern (xray view)


The cistern is the top part of the toilet. They come in a range of capacities, and dictate how much water is flushed.

Toilet bowls

Despite the fact that 95% of toilets seem to look the same, there are a surprising number of different bowl and seat options.

How to unblock a toilet

A blocked toilet can be an awful thing, and knowing the right way to unblock one can prevent a bad situation from becoming much, much worse...

Toilet seat

Toilet seats

Toilet seats come in all kinds of colours and finishes, and are a simple and very effective way to add a little style to a toilet.

WELS labels and ratings

Water-producing bathroom fittings in Australia need to comply with basic water-efficiency standards. As a part of the WELS scheme, they are rated and given a label that shows how efficient they are.

WaterMark labels

The WaterMark certification label signifies that a plumbing product complies with certain quality and performance standards.

Toilet checklist

Toilet checklist

The toilet checklist covers the sorts of things you need to think about when you're choosing toilets for your home.

Distance between water and power points

Regulations in Australia restrict where you're able to position power points in relation to sinks and taps. Find out what the rules say, and how far your power points will need to be from your kitchen sink.

Concealed cisterns

Concealed cisterns serve the same purpose as regular cisterns, but are embedded inside walls, ceilings ducts or cabinetry to maximise space or create a 'minimalist' look.