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If you're replacing your old toilet with a new toilet, you'll want to take measurements with the existing toilet in place first to ensure you get a good fit. Taking measurements is a quick and simple process that could save you headaches if you happen to get a wrong sized toilet fixture. It might seem logical to just get the size of the toilet area in your bathroom when taking measurements. Although those dimensions can come in handy, especially if you have tight quarters, the best dimensions to get are the rough-in dimensions. Take your existing toilet fixture and measure the distance from the floor flange bolts to the wall of your bathroom. Older homes usually accommodate 10” rough-in dimensions for a new toilet, while newer homes accommodate a 12” rough-in dimension.