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Get the angle on effective evacuation

We reportedly spend more time sat on the loo than we spend doing on any other bathroom activity. It matters for our health & wellbeing, for bladder & bowel evacuation, that we are sat as correctly, and comfortably, as possible…

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Toilet design can have a big impact on the ease with which we ‘go’, and several factors combine to achieve a good WC. So claims Closomat, manufacturer of Britain’s biggest selling wash and dry toilet.

“In third world countries the squatting position is that normally adopted. Our ‘civilised’ society hasn’t evolved much from the initial 16th century design of the WC, when you sat on or over a bowl, but there are little touches which help the whole process,” says Lee Cartwright, Closomat Technical Manager.

“Following the checklist helps ensure a trouble-free experience, without the user falling through the seat, or even sliding off the front! We may chuckle, but especially if you are disabled, getting it right really impacts on your ability to go with as little help, and as much dignity, as possible.”

The seat should be at a height to sit on comfortably. The positioning and relationship of pan to cistern should encourage the user to sit with knees and hips at 90degrees at least. Feet should be on the floor (for stability).

The seat itself should be comfortable, and support the bottom. The user should be sat on top of the seat, not with cheeks ‘falling’ through. The seat should encourage slight parting of the cheeks.

Easy reference drawings and tips are included in a free download: