The previous owners of our house tiled around the toilet, rather than removing the toilet and placing it on top of the new tile.

I would like to replace the toilet, but I don't want to have to re-tile the entire bathroom. A couple possible solutions I'm thinking are:

  1. Find a toilet that has the exact same size (or bigger) on the floor.

  2. Put down the new toilet, and find something to put in the gap between the toilet and the tile.

  3. Put something above the tile, but underneath the toilet.

What is generally the best solution here? For #1, is there an easy way of finding a toilet with the right size? Are there any common ways of doing #2 or #3, and what material should be used?

Thanks in advance.

  • Find matching tile and fill in?
    – keshlam
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 20:58
  • Haven't found anything that matches thus far, but honestly haven't looked too intensively yet.
    – Craig
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 21:00
  • Try googling "toilet with square base" Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 21:46
  • @Craig, what does "it" in the first paragraph refer to?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 13:35

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Pull up the old toilet, finish the tiling job, and drop in the new toilet. Anything else is going to leave you with a hack job that will eat away at your satisfaction in having your own home every time you turn around to flush.

Finishing the tiling job may turn out to be dead simple if matching tile is available. This is not likely, though, as anyone too lazy to pull the toilet when tiling a bathroom was probably also too cheap to buy tile from a reputable open stock.

So -- find some tile that co-ordinates with the existing floor. For example, if your tile has a pattern, pick up one of the pattern colors with a solid color. Or, you might like the effect of a solid color matching the new toilet.

Pull the old toilet. Enlarge the hole in the tile to a neat shape and fill it in with new tile. Make the replacement area just large enough to look like an expensive decorating consultant did it on purpose. Of course you might need a flange extender when installing the new toilet.

Now, to really finish off the look, find some other feature in the bathroom that can be highlighted in the same way. For example, you might re-color the area where you stand at the sink. Or, you could call out the door sweep area.

Save the removed tiles as well as any unused new tiles for future repair needs.

Is anyone in your family artistic and crafty? Use a combination of removed tiles and new tiles to decorate a tissue box.

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