Freestanding Vs. Wall Mount Toilet

Updated April 17, 2017

Most of us are familiar with freestanding toilets, which are found in more than 90 per cent of American households. Wall-mounted toilets are gaining in popularity in the U.S. and western countries

Basic Differences

Freestanding toilets are most common, and they have the plumbing in the floor area with a water source usually at the lower wall level. Wall-mounted toilets are, of course, wall-mounted and have the water and plumbing pipes in the wall.


Freestanding toilets use typical installation practices. Wall mounted toilets require plumbing to be placed in the walls, which may require updating of plumbing pipes. Because of these differences, it may be more advantageous or cost effective to use a freestanding toilet when possible.


Freestanding toilets require little or no extra support structure. Wall mounts will require extra beam and stud work to support not only the toilet, but the weight on the toilet.


When remodelling, space may be an issue. Wall-mounted toilets may provide the extra room in small spaces,or in instances where there is no practical way to install a floor drain.

Water Flush Efficiency

Modern toilets offer lower water volume amounts for freestanding toilets. Wall-mounted toilets offer reduced water capacity, pressure flushing and other customised features.

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Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.