Quinte, On. real estate agent: Toilet Carpets - Now There's a Swell Idea. Not.

Toilet Carpets - Now There's a Swell Idea. Not.



Ladies, ladies, ladies, I read a lot of real estate blogs and articles and a recurring theme seems to be (gasp) the horror of "mancaves". I know a lot of you crinkle your noses at the very idea of a mancave existing in a house that you are trying to sell. There are countless articles on how to transform them into something that's more appealing.

In this blog post I'm going to strike a blow for equality. Yes, men are human beings too.

See this picture of a bathroom on your left? This pink creation that vaguely resembles a five year old girl's birthday cake.

What the hell is this? Who on earth needs a carpet on their toilet? This is obviously not something that a man designed.

I am going to let the ladies who are reading this in on a little secret that every man knows but few will admit. When adorned with a fuzzy little carpet, the toilet lid does not stay up very well. Do you ladies realize what this means? Do you realize how difficult it is to hold the lid up with one knee while trying to urinate accurately? I can't count the number of times when I have been innocently going about my business and the lid has come crashing down.

I will say though, one redeeming factor about the toilet lid-carpet is that it's made of very absorbent material, and usually can handle anything that's thrown at it. An extra bonus is that the little rug lying at the bottom of the toilet can also be used to help clean up any additional mess that may have been created. Oh yeah, crinkle your nose now.

Please, get rid of these stupid things, and while you're at it, the potpourri can go too. I hear hardwood is all the rage these days. If you must decorate the top of your toilet, get someone in to install some hardwood then, otherwise leave the blooming things alone.

Comment balloon 23 commentsMalcolm Johnston • April 08 2011 06:09PM


Hahhaha!  That is one UGLY bathroom!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 9 years ago

Kerrie, that indeed is one ugly bathroom. You'd be surprised at how many similar ones exist in houses and apartments all across this continent.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Use your UV light. It will highlight blood and urine (pun intended). What you can find is ...well.. illuminating.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

Oh my -- toooooo funny and soooooo true.  Those things were very popular some years back but I haven't seen many lately.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 9 years ago

I thought those were only in Grandparents houses anymore...yikes!  That might be the ugliest bathroom I have ever seen...I take that back if you added green carpet for the flooring to the mix it could be uglier.  Thanks for the giggle!  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

So, you consider this the same as a "man cave"? Do you have pink carpets in "your space"?

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 9 years ago

lol Malcolm......I always leave smiling after visiting your blog.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 9 years ago

Hi Malcolm,

Right On, and why is this post not featured..... it must be the pink brigade blocking this very common example of over-decorating, and ladies this is much more common than a man cave.......at least in Victoria BC....

Thanks for a good laugh, and creating some sense of balance

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Malcolm--A photo to make a home stager cringe!  I thought these accoutrements had gone the way of the manual typewriter--well at least they have in Hawaii.  Maybe the toilets get cold in Ontario. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, you nailed it this time. What crazy idea it is oi have all this 'stuff' hanging around the potty.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) about 9 years ago

lol, Malcolm, tell me this isn't a picture of your bathroom ;-)

Thank you for standing up for the downtrodden.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Robert, what I can't see and don't know will not hurt me.

Sue, yes, fortunately they are going out of style. For good reason too.

Krystal, indeed, that is one ugly bathroom. a real eyesore.

Ellie, while it's not the same as a mancave, that is definitely a room that lacks a gender balance. In fact those little carpets make life uncomfortable for us vertically oriented urinators.

Jo, thanks, that's what I'm aiming for.

Pfanns, I'm all about balance, and yes I would have to say that I see more of these monstrosities than I do mancaves.

Janet, toilets do get cold here, but not to many people stand on them with their bare feet.

Valerie, hahaha, yes, I do remember those tank covers. Why do they exist?

Charles, it's unhygenic to say the least, especially if there are teenage boys in the house.

Chris, we shall overcome.








Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

OMG! I’m laughing so hard that I can’t use our voice recognition software, and I just had to reblog this, too. Hopefully my mom will see it! J♪♫♫♪

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 9 years ago

I first saw this as reblog from Jim, above.  Like him I am laughing my head off with tears streaming down my cheeks. This way too funny.  Thanks for a great blog!!

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) about 9 years ago

Thanks to Jim Frimmer for the Re-Blog.

Malcolm, that is too funny.   Or maybe not... it is such a challenge to List a house where the owner has these fuzzy-wuzzy rugs and carpets in the bathrooms.

I won't add to your comments on the one knee balancing act, sanitation, etc.   You said it best!

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Haha Malcolm, (I too found this from Jim Frimmer), as a woman I never did like the "toilet carpet" either! I don't even think they look good and when trying to clean it, like you said they won't stay up.

Posted by Lynda White, Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty (Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How) about 9 years ago


These things have come and gone. I'm surprised that there are still so many around.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

Malcolm! How did you get a picture of my powder room?! NOT!!!LOL!!!  You have no idea how often I have to ask sellers to remove these items. My personal pet peeve is wall to wall carpeting in a bathroom. YUCK!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 9 years ago

I just read this in a "re-blog" but wanted to comment directly to you as well.  You make a very good point here.  Thanks so much for my morning chuckle !

Posted by Sandi Gerrard about 9 years ago

Jim, thanks for the nice comments and also for the re-blog.

Melanie, thanks for stopping by, I appreciate that.

Fred, those things are awful, aren't they?

Lynda, they only really work when you are sitting down.

Brian, they have come, but they are not entirely gone yet.

Janice, wall to wall carpeting in a bathroom is just very wrong.

Sandi, you're welcome, a chuckle is a good way to start the week.






Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Ahhhh! To funny. I'm going to have to re-visit your blog, it's great to have a good laugh while online!

I have had homeowners ask about what color they should get for their toilet 'carpet' covers when I have mentioned that they might want to update their bathroom linens... AAAHHHH! I just told them to UPDATE not retro-date....

It continues to amaze me when my clients have carpet on their toilets...but then again, that's why I'm there!


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Posted by Betsy Shellman (Coeur d'Alene Home Staging Services, aka Staging Wizards) about 9 years ago

Betsy, you'll have to tell clients that you have a firm policy on carpet toilets. Just say NO.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Oh man...my wife and I just bought these. Heartless cold Canadian...

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) about 9 years ago