This is a bit of a trick question. The ideal size for your toilet seat will depend entirely on the size of your toilet! If you’re buying a brand new toilet, you should have all the necessary dimensions hand in the specs. If this is a replacement toilet seat, you might want to take a few measurements:
- At the back of the seat area of your toilet pan, measure the space between the two post holes. There’s a standard measurement of around 155mm.
- At the broadest part of the pan, measure the width.
- Starting at the center front of the toilet pan, measure the length back to the post holes.
There are two main materials used to create toilet seats:
Plastic toilet seats are the most common. They may be made of one of several types of plastic: thermoset, thermoplastic, or resin. There are many advantages to a high-quality plastic seat. It warms up to the skin quickly on contact, it’s easy to clean, lightweight, and sturdy.
Wooden seats are still available and quite popular. They are extremely visually appealing, and modern wooden toilet seats are water-resistant and wear well. They may be more expensive, and need replacing more regularly than plastic, but in a traditional or period home they are the perfect finishing touch.
- Shapes: The shape of your toilet will determine the shape of your toilet seat:
- Pointed nose or elongated nose seats fit traditional residential toilets.
- Rounded nose seats are often made to fit compact, space-saving toilets.
- D-shape seats are a more recent shape, often found on modern back-to-wall and wall-hung toilets.
Finally, there are a few extras you may want to consider:
Soft close hinges are the answer to startling slammed toilet seats in the middle of the night. It’s better for your nerves, and better for the lifespan of your seat.
Padding can add another layer of comfort (and insulation on cold days!) to your toilet.