As we said, toilet seats come in two sizes: round and elongated. Every toilet seat is one of these two, indicated on its packaging. It’s not always easy to tell by looking at the seat, which is why measuring is important.
How do you measure a toilet seat?
How do I know if my toilet seat is round or elongated?
To determine if your toilet is round front or elongated, measure the distance between the center of the bolt holes(A) (which connect the seat to the bowl) out to the front rim of the toilet(B). If it measures approximately 16 1/2″ your toilet is a round front.
What kind of toilet seat do I need?
Measure the length of the bowl from between the seat bolts to the outside edge of the front of the bowl. If you have a round bowl, this dimension should be about 16.5 inches. If you have an elongated bowl, the measurement should be around 18 to 18.5 inches.
Are wood or plastic toilet seats better?
Material. Toilet seats are typically made of either plastic or wood, and there are pros and cons to each material. Plastic seats tend to be lighter and have a longer lifespan, while wooden seats are sturdy and heavier. Many people also think wooden toilet seats add a touch of luxury to the bathroom.
Can I put an elongated toilet seat on a round toilet?
An elongated toilet seat will technically fit on a round toilet, but the fit and comfort may be compromised. An elongated toilet seat will likely overhang a round toilet which may be fine unless the rim of the toilet is visible within the opening of the toilet seat.
Are toilet seat fittings universal?
Do all toilet seats fit the same? The simple answer is no, there are a range of different toilet seat fittings. Some are bottom fixing (fitted from beneath the fixing holes) and some are top fixing (usually required when there isn’t access to the bottom of the pan, e.g. with a fully shrouded toilet).
Can I get a bigger toilet seat?
Oversized – Extra Large Toilet Seats
A larger, more confortable seat is here! This toilet seat provides additional comfort and more surface area for support for those who need or want a larger seat. These seats, while larger than most, still fit most average toilets and can be installed in minutes.
How do you fit toilet seat fittings?
How do you tighten a concealed toilet seat?
What is the difference between top fix and bottom fix toilet seats?
Types Of Toilet Seat Fittings
Top fixing toilets seats work by feeding two bolts into the pan which are then tightened from the top. Bottom toilet seat fixings are fitted from the top and then tightened from underneath, often with wing nuts.
How do you fix a toilet seat that moves?
How do I stop my toilet seat from moving?
Why do new toilet seats move?
Toilet seats often wobble because the holes in the toilet–bowl rim are larger than the diameter of the bolts, allowing movement that eventually makes the nuts loose. Tightening the nuts seldom works very well.
How do you tighten a toilet seat with no access underside?
Why won’t my toilet seat tighten?
If the bolts spin and don’t tighten, you’ll need to use pliers to grip the nut on the underside of the toilet while turning the top of the bolt with a screwdriver. Tighten until the seat stops wiggling. Simply buy one of the seat tightening kits that are available at hardware or home improvement stores.
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