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The Bath House Guide to Toilet Seats

Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 - Carly Seddon+

Choosing a replacement toilet seat can be difficult, at a first glance the many rows of white plastic toilet seats can all look the same. However, selecting the right toilet seat can improve the overall look of your bathroom, and should be given as much consideration as larger items such as baths and showers. Here we have a few useful points to think about when choosing a new toilet seat:


You need to take the following measurements to ensure your new seat will fit:

  • Fixing centre distance – the point between the two fixing holes of your toilet.
  • Width at widest point – the width of your toilet pan at its widest point.
  • Total depth – The distance your toilet pan sticks out from the wall or cistern.

Most seats allow some adjustment on these measurements but its important to get a seat as close to these measurements as possible.


Toilets come in many different shapes, and to find the right seat you have to work out what shape your toilet pan is. Most toilet seats are round, but square toilet seats are becoming increasingly popular.

You will be able to tell simply by looking which shape your toilet pan is, and it is always best to match your toilet seat with the shape of your pan. Some toilet seats now feature an overlapping design where the lid of the toilet seat fits over the pan, to create a smooth, contemporary style.


Hinges fit onto your fixing centres, there are two options for hinges, and not all hinges are suitable for all toilets. A top fixing hinge works with two bolts going into the toilet pan. A bottom fixing is a more traditional style fixing, with two bolts that fit down into your pan and are then tightened from underneath.

Top fixing hinges are used when there is no access to the bottom of the pan, for example with some back to wall toilets, or modern all in one style toilets. Also available are quick release hinges that enable you to remove the seat and lid easily from the pan, making it easier to clean the toilet and leaving it more hygienic.

Soft Close hinges with a slow release system that gently closes the toilet seat avoiding unnecessary slamming noises are also becoming increasingly popular and will be a luxurious addition to your bathroom suite.

Material and Finish

Your choice of toilet seat is like the cherry on cake of your bathroom suite, and is a great opportunity to really ‘finish’ the look you desire. Antibacterial toilet seats are relatively new to the market and perfect for people looking to add an extra hygienic element to their bathroom – these are finished with a material that provides an added layer of protection and peace of mind.

Make a statement with a stylish or novelty toilet seat, many colours, patterns and designs are now printed onto toilet seats, from natural, muted tones to stand out, bright colour. Wooden toilet seats are still popular and perfect for finishing a traditional, shabby chic, or country bathroom design.

Take a look at our extensive range of toilet seats available at The Bath House, and take advantage of Next Day Delivery.

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