The first modern toilets in the United States were first patented in 1857, but they were not called toilets at the time. Even before they became known as “water closets,” the 1857 patent was filed under the title “plunger closet.” However, the evolution of the flush toilet involved countless inventions under many different names, but the first true ancestor of the modern toilet … the Ajax … was installed in Richmond placed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I at the turn of the 17th century.
Although the Queen would not use it because she simply would not have all of that noise, the rest of the world was more than ready to find an alternative to trampling across the snow in the middle of January to use the outhouse. As such, the modern flush toilet eventually made its way into the bathrooms of first-world citizens during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
As with all revolutionary inventions, it only takes about a generation before people start taking them for granted. Therefore, as having a toilet and wash basin became standard in every modern home, homeowners were free to turn their attention to more frilly matters, such as stylish bathroom vanities and sinks. With that being said, high fashion bathroom design was born.
While many homeowners think more about bathroom style today than they do about practicality, there are still some homeowners who still need to put practicality before high style and bathroom design. For instance, old folks sometimes can’t get around too well, and this makes it dangerous to climb in and out of the tub, or even to use the toilet. This is the reason that walk in bath tubs are more important to less mobile seniors than the type of flower depicted on their 36 inch high toilet seats.
Whether you prioritize bathroom fashions over the practicality of walk in bugs, there are more bathroom design options to choose from today than ever. But if you are really thoughtful to your aging parents and grandparents, you will consider getting toilet that sits about four inches higher than the standard toilet seat.
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