Close coupled toilets

What is a close coupled toilet, and how do they work?

Close coupled toilet diagram

What is a close coupled toilet?

A close coupled toilet sounds complicated but it’s not. Essentially, a close coupled toilet is what you might imagine when you think of a toilet. The cistern is located directly behind the toilet bowl instead of being high up in the more traditional design of the high and low-level toilet styles. Manufactured in both modern and traditional styles, traditional close coupled toilets are the most popular toilet style in the UK.

How do close coupled toilets work?

Depending on the design, flushing can be activated via a flush button or a handle – through connecting parts, the water goes straight from the cistern into the bowl. Most of the parts on a typical close coupled toilet are hidden within the casings, ensuring close coupled WCs can fit into most bathroom spaces.

One great thing about the close coupled toilet is that the style can suit any bathroom. As the cistern and bowl are coupled together, you can have a sleek unit designed to fit into a thin space or a more expansive traditional unit that stands out a little more.

Reasons for choosing a close coupled toilet

Close coupled toilets are the most common WC you’ll find in homes across the UK.  


Because the cistern and bowl are in such close proximity, this style of toilet is sturdy and not as prone to damage as other styles.

Easy to Install

Close coupled toilets are quick and easy to install, especially in cases where the toilet is being replaced but a full remodel isn’t taking place.


Traditional close coupled toilets fit with most décor preferences and styles.


Partly due to their versatility, close coupled toilets are fashionable and unlikely to go out of style anytime soon.


Toilets are one of life’s necessities, but that doesn’t mean they need to by showy. Close coupled toilets are compact with a minimalist feel.

Low Cost

You can expect to pay a lot less for a close coupled toilet than other styles – and installation costs are likely to be cheaper too.

NOTE: Something to remember about close coupled toilets is that the waste pipe will be visible, feeding into the wall and this might not be to everyone’s liking. However, thanks to the sleek and minimalist design of close coupled toilets, it’s not usually a huge problem.

Close coupled toilet cistern diagram

Shop traditional close coupled toilets

Old Fashioned Bathrooms sell a wide range of modern and traditional close coupled toilets – we also offer a range of toilet seats.

Here are four traditional close coupled toilets for inspiration.

Burlington Close Coupled Toilet

Burlington close coupled toilet

This close coupled toilet is deceptively simple, with a truly timeless Edwardian style that suits any traditional bathroom.

It’s one of our most popular toilets, coming complete with lever flush (although you can choose a push button if you’d prefer). It’s made from vitreous china and can come with a standard-sized cistern or a slimline one that fits into those smaller spaces.

Prices start from £138.60 – £173.60 depending on specifications.

 Burlington Regal Close Coupled toilet

Burlington Regal close coupled toilet

The Burlington Regal is an upgrade to the standard Burlington close coupled WC with a seat that is more comfortable than standard WCs.

As it’s higher, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable when you sit, plus it’s great for older people concerned about getting up and down from a low toilet. The Burlington Regal includes all the features of the standard Burlington, including a slimline cistern option.

Prices start from £195.30 – £230.30 depending on specifications.

Oxford Decorated Traditional Close Coupled Toilet

Oxford decorated close coupled toilet

This really is a stunning toilet that would make a remarkable addition to any traditional bathroom – the floral pattern gives the toilet a unique charm.

The floral decorations on both the cistern and the bowl give it a distinctive Victorian style, and it comes with either a chrome and ceramic handle or a gold and ceramic one. It’s the ultimate splash of classical style for a traditional bathroom with flair.

Prices start from £697.00 – £701.25 depending on specifications.

Art Deco Empire close coupled toilet

Empire Art Deco close coupled toilet

This close coupled toilet is designed in an Art Deco style and would make a brilliant addition to any 1920s vintage bathroom.

It’s made from vitreous china in brilliant white, and comes with a choice of fittings in chrome, polished nickel, or gold. This is the ideal toilet for those who appreciate hand-made quality and like the Art Deco style.

Prices start from £513.60 depending on specifications.

Did you know?

Old Fashioned Bathrooms also offer a wide variety of traditional high level, low-level and decorated toilet styles online.

Decorated toilet in suite

Traditional toilet experts

All Old Fashioned Bathrooms traditional toilets are manufactured to exact standards based on beautiful designs and in keeping with the original pieces. Most WCs come with a choice of ‘cistern width‘ and ‘flush type‘. Please give us a call if you have any questions.

Please note, most toilet styles are sold without a toilet seat. To view our range of high-quality toilet seats please visit this page.

Drop into our showroom or give us a call for more information. And if you need help with how to fit a close coupled toilet, we’re on hand with advice. 

Old Fashioned Bathrooms Showroom map
Shopping cart0
There are no products in the cart!
Continue shopping