Let’s face it; nothing takes more abuse than your toilet seat! It’s dropped on to the porcelain bowl, plopped on when you’re in a hurry and scrubbed to within an inch of existence! Unless you want to replace the whole shootin’ match, you can just replace the toilet seat and you’re good to “go.”
But not all seats are built the same; there are various standard sizes you need to be aware of. Here are some pointers for measuring your toilet seat to help get the right one for the job.
- Measure the distance (inches) between the bolts where the seat attaches to the bowl. It should be around 5 – 6 inches.
- Measure the width of your bowl at the widest point, making sure it’s outside the brim.
- Measure the bowl length from the outside front edge of the bowl to a spot between the bolts at the back, where you first measured. Round bowls are about 16 ½ inches; oblong bowls should measure around 18 – 18 ½ inches.
There are many choices when it comes to toilet seats. The most common is a high-impact plastic or a wood composite seat with a plastic covering. Many people choose a regular wood seat. They are heavier and warmer to sit on, but more expensive than a plastic seat.
Also there are soft toilet seats. These usually have a foam layer that will breathe when you sit. It will give you a cushy landing for your tush. They are generally warmer, which is a welcome greeting on cold nights! The downside: they are much harder to clean. The covering is porous; meaning there are microscopic holes that allows air out when you sit. But that also means bacteria and moisture can get in, making cleaning and sanitizing harder.
Now, to answer a burning question: Have you noticed that in most public restrooms the toilet seats are shaped differently than your home toilet? They usually have an opening at the front. Why? Well, it is commonly thought that designers wanted to create a toilet seat that accommodates everyone, making it easier to complete their visit without touching the seat.
Of course, you may choose a seat by taking into consideration your décor and comfort preference. There are hundreds of choices from standard white to wildly decorated.
Someone has cleverly invented an automatic seat cover that is being used in many public restrooms now. Yes, you read that right. Automatic seat covers! A dispenser is attached to the toilet seat that will automatically push a plastic sleeve around the seat. When done, or before the next person uses it, you can automatically dispose of the used cover and place a new one on the seat by waiving your hand or pressing a button! Very clever.
**Remember when installing your new toilet seat, to thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces. Any grime or wetness that gets trapped where the connections are could cause a rust issue or prevent the seat from a good bond because of the grime.