The toilet is a low-lying fixture in most homes. Why is the toilet so low to the ground, and how did this become a standard design? These are excellent questions because it seems like no matter where you live or what era you come from, toilets seem to be at the same level on the ground. To understand why this is, we are going to go over the factors that influence that.
Why Are Toilets so Low to the Ground?
1. Forces users into a recommended sitting position when using the toilet:
The average toilet height is for adults to sit at a height of 19″ (48 cm) above the floor. This means that most people have to bend over. This bending reduces hip flexion, which allows for a more upright position and thus less strain on the back. This height is claimed to be the best for better bowel movement.
2. More comfortable as it allows sitting in an optimal position:
Sitting in an optimal position with your hips flexed and knees bent is commonly claimed to be the most comfortable position for a bowel movement. If you have to bend over, it is not a very comfortable position. This can lead to strains for the back and hips from sitting in this position for long periods of time.
3. Designed for Average Height:
The standard toilet height is designed to allow for people of average height to sit comfortably.
This means that people who are taller might have a hard time sitting on the toilet. People who are shorter may be able to sit in an uncomfortable position. This could increase the strain on their back and other areas of the body when using the toilet. That is the main reason why “Tall Comfort height” came into the market.
4. More ergonomically friendly:
Due to the increased popularity of back pain, most toilets are now made with a more ergonomically friendly design. This means that squatting on the toilet is not an option, as there is a curved seat on it. Therefore, people will need to bend over in order to use the toilet. This increases the strain on the back, which is not good for it as well as other parts of the body which sit on top of it.
5. Prevent Slipping:
If you have ever stood on a wet ceramic surface, then you know how slippery it can get sometimes. Because of that, a larger area is needed to keep 100% of the users stable. This is why most toilets come with a very wide seat, which provides more space for the user to sit and use the toilet. If you have ever observed a person sitting on top of it while using it, you would know that some people do slip and slide on top of it. This often leads to extra strain on their backs as well as other parts of their body as they try to keep their balance while using the toilet.
6. Keep the user away from odors water:
The toilet bowl is outside of the room for a reason. It is not that pleasant to have the smell of urine and feces wafting around you while you are using it. For that reason, toilets are kept in a separate small room. This also makes them lower to the ground so that people can keep their balance when using them. If it were higher up, then people would not be able to get on and off of it as easily, which could lead to possible injury.
7. Old Toilet Design:
Toilets have been used for thousands of years. This means that people have been trying to find the best toilet design possible for a long time. This has led to some of the most excellent designs that are out there today. This means that, in the present day, toilets are no longer being designed from scratch like they were when people first started toilets. With that being said, there are still some mistakes that come about as a result of those thousands of years ago designing them. That being said, we are going to talk about some of the mistakes that people make in how they design toilets.
Are Higher or Lower Toilets Better?
The standard toilet is supposed to be designed for normal people who do not have a height problem. This means that most people who do not have height problems should really not be engineered with the design of toilets into consideration. The way they are designed is supposed to be functional and minimalist, which does not take into account the way that their anatomic systems work. This means that even those people who have no height problems will have certain problems with using them.
Toilets have been around for thousands of years. This means that people have been trying to find the best toilet design possible for a long time. Also, we know that toilets are not being designed from scratch like they were when people first started toilets. With that being said, they are still some mistakes that come about as a result of those thousands of years ago designing them. That being said, there are still some mistakes that come about as a result.
Arthur C. Jackson is the resident handyman and toilet expert for BestToiletGuides.com. Drawing from his experience, he tends to focus on how he can help the consumer.