How to Install a Bidet (3 Different Types!)

Introduction

Thinking about adding a bidet to your bathroom but unsure where to start? You’re in the right place. This guide will walk you through the installation process for three types of bidets: standalone bidets, bidet seats, and handheld bidet sprayers. We’ll break down each step to make your installation as smooth as possible.

Standalone Bidets

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Standalone bidets are separate fixtures, typically placed beside your toilet. They offer a luxurious bathroom upgrade but require more space and a bit more effort to install.

Equipment / Tools Needed

  • Eye protection
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Cordless drill
  • Crescent wrench
  • Drill bits
  • Laser level (optional)

Materials Needed

  • Bidet
  • 2 3/8-inch shut-off valves
  • 2 Braided water connectors
  • Silicone sealant

Step-by-Step Guide

the nozzle of a bidet
  1. Choose the Location
    • Ensure your bathroom has enough space for the bidet. Typically, you need a footprint of 18 inches from the wall and 16 inches side-to-side. Provide at least 8 inches of clearance on both sides.
  2. Rough-In the Water Supply Lines and Drainage
    • Measure and install the plumbing. The lines should be 6 1/2 inches above the floor or as per the manufacturer’s specifications.
    • Install 3/8-inch shut-off valves and a drain outlet at the indicated point.
  3. Install the Faucet and Drain
    • Attach the faucet and drain on the bidet fixture. Use the rubber washers and avoid over-tightening.
  4. Mark the Position of the Bidet
    • Place the bidet at the desired spot on the floor. Mark around the base and in the mounting holes with a pencil.
  5. Drill the Mounting Holes
    • Using a 3/16-inch bit, drill two holes at the marked spots. For concrete or ceramic tile floors, use a hammer drill and special tile bit.
  6. Apply the Sealant
    • Apply silicone sealant around the base of the bidet. Position the bidet over the floor bolts and rest it on the floor. Wipe away any excess sealant.
  7. Bolt Down the Bidet
    • Secure the bidet with washers and nuts using a wrench. Avoid over-tightening to prevent cracking the porcelain.
  8. Connect the Water Supply
    • Connect the water supply lines to the bidet by hand and ensure they are tight. Turn on the water and check for leaks.
  9. Test the Bidet
    • Test the bidet controls to ensure everything works properly.

Bidet Seats

bidet seat

Bidet seats are a convenient alternative that fit onto your existing toilet. They are less space-consuming and easier to install than standalone bidets.

Equipment / Tools Needed

  • Eye protection
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Wrench
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Screwdriver

Materials Needed

  • Bidet seat
  • T-valve
  • Flexible water supply hose
  • Mounting bracket and bolts
  • Plumber’s tape (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

bathroom
  1. Prepare the Toilet
    • Turn off the water supply and flush the toilet to empty the tank.
    • Remove the existing toilet seat.
  2. Install the Mounting Bracket
    • Attach the mounting bracket using the provided hardware. Ensure it aligns with the bolt holes.
  3. Disconnect the Water Hose
    • Detach the water supply hose from the toilet tank. Place a towel underneath to catch any drips.
  4. Install the T-Valve
    • Connect the T-valve to the water supply valve. Attach one end of the bidet’s supply hose to the T-valve and the other end to the bidet seat.
  5. Mount the Bidet Seat
    • Slide the bidet seat onto the mounting bracket until it clicks into place. Ensure it is secure.
  6. Connect the Water Supply
    • Turn on the water supply and check for leaks. Adjust connections as necessary.
  7. Power Up the Seat
    • If your bidet seat requires electricity, plug it into a GFCI outlet. Use an extension cord if necessary.
  8. Test the Bidet Seat
    • Test all functions and settings of the bidet seat to ensure it operates correctly.

Handheld Bidet Sprayers

handheld bidet

Handheld bidet sprayers are a versatile and easy-to-install option that can be attached to your toilet’s water supply.

Equipment / Tools Needed

  • Eye protection
  • Tape measure
  • Crescent wrench
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Bucket (for catching water)
  • Towels

Materials Needed

  • Handheld bidet sprayer kit (including sprayer, hose, T-valve, and holder)
  • Teflon tape
  • Screws and anchors (for wall-mounted holder, if applicable)

Step-by-Step Guide

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  1. Turn Off the Water Supply
    • Locate the shut-off valve near the toilet and turn it off. Flush the toilet to empty the tank.
  2. Detach the Water Line
    • Unscrew the water supply line from the base of the toilet. Use a towel to catch any remaining water.
  3. Install the T-Valve
    • Attach the T-valve to the base of the toilet tank. Ensure the lever is accessible.
  4. Connect the Sprayer Hose
    • Attach the sprayer hose to the T-valve and screw the sprayer head to the hose.
  5. Mount the Sprayer Holder
    • Install the holder on the tank or wall, depending on your preference and the provided hardware.
  6. Turn On the Water Supply
    • Turn on the water supply slowly. Check for leaks and adjust connections as needed.
  7. Test the Sprayer
    • Test the sprayer by aiming it into the toilet bowl and gradually pressing the trigger.

Wrapping Up

bidet in bathroom

Installing a bidet, whether a standalone unit, bidet seat, or handheld sprayer, is a rewarding upgrade for your bathroom. By following these detailed steps, you can ensure a successful installation and enjoy the many benefits of a bidet. Happy installing!

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FAQs

Q: Do I need a professional to install a bidet?

A: While many people can install a bidet themselves by following detailed instructions, some might prefer hiring a professional for a hassle-free experience, especially if electrical work is involved.

Q: How much space is required for a standalone bidet?

A: A standalone bidet typically requires a footprint of 18 inches from the wall and 16 inches side-to-side, with at least 8 inches of clearance on both sides.

Q: Can I install a bidet seat on any toilet?

A: Most bidet seats are designed to fit standard toilet sizes. However, it’s essential to check the compatibility of the bidet seat with your specific toilet model.

Q: Is electricity required for all types of bidets?

A: Not all bidets require electricity. Standalone bidets and handheld sprayers typically do not, while most bidet seats with advanced features like heated water or air drying do.

Q: How do I maintain my bidet?

A: Regular cleaning with mild soap and water is usually sufficient. Avoid using harsh chemicals. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any specific maintenance needs.

Q: Are bidets hygienic?

A: Yes, bidets are hygienic. They provide a thorough cleaning, which can be more effective than toilet paper.

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