How to Put Wood Floor Around a Toilet

Updated February 21, 2017

Bathroom remodels increase the equity of a home. A simple change such as installing a wood floor can increase the value of the home while providing a modern look to the bathroom. Wood flooring, which requires a moisture barrier in a bathroom, is installed with some gaps between the walls and the boards to allow for expansion. The wood flooring actually is installed beneath the toilet rather than working around it. Installing the flooring properly requires removing and reinstalling the toilet.

Turn off and disconnect the water to the tank. Flush the toilet a few times to empty the bowl and tank of water. Remove the retaining bolts on each side of the base of the bowl with an open-faced wrench. Lift the toilet off of the toilet flange and set to the side. Water will drip out of the toilet, so have a towel handy to clean up any drippings. Unscrew the anchors holding the toilet flange down and remove the toilet flange.

Install the wood flooring up to the point where you are about to cover the hole for the toilet drain. Mark the location and position of the drain hole on the board that will cover the hole. Some installations will have two separate boards covering the hole. Mark the drain hole on both boards.

Cut the drain hole out of the boards with the jigsaw and complete the wood floor installation.

Reinstall the toilet flange so that the ends of the long slits that hold the retaining bolts are parallel to the wall for toilets that will sit straight out from the wall. Place the new toilet retaining bolts into the slits and adjust the position of the flange until both bolts are positioned equally distant from the wall.

Drill pilot holes through the screw holes in the toilet flange into the wood and subfloor with a ¼-inch drill bit. A masonry drill bit is needed if the subfloor is cement. Drive anchor screws into the floor. The size and length of the anchor screws depends on the ones that were removed originally. Choose a size that is ¼ to ½ inch longer and slightly thicker, as it is likely that you will be inserting the anchors into the previous holes.

Press a new wax ring onto the base of the toilet and lower the toilet onto the retaining bolts. Tighten down the nuts onto the retaining bolts, using an open-faced wrench. Cut off excess bolt material from the top of the connection with a hacksaw to install the decorative bolt covers that were removed with the initial removal.

Connect the water line and flush the toilet to test. A leak at the base of the toilet means improper installation of the wax ring. Correct the issue.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood flooring
  • Jigsaw
  • Replacement wax ring
  • New toilet retaining bolts
  • Open-faced wrench
  • Towel
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver drill attachment
  • ¼-inch drill bit
  • Anchor screws
  • Hacksaw
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