The Guide to Buying New Toilet Seat for your Apartment

When John moved into his new apartment he liked it but not entirely. One room that he didn’t fancy much was the toilet. It wasn’t that the toilet was dirty, unhygienic, or clogged, hell no! He just didn’t love the toilet that he had. When John called an expert in, he was advised to change the toilet and get a raised toilet with a toilet seat.

Toilets are some of the most frequently used rooms in the house. Because of this it is important to ensure that your toilet is exactly what you want it to be. Here are a few things that you should know about the toilet and more specifically a toilet seat.

What is a Toilet’s Standard Dimension?

Many home owners would not answer this question, they’ve never even thought about it. Anyway, here is what you should know. The most important distance in a toilet is the distance between the floor drain and the wall. This distance is a called the rough-in. The standard measurement for the rough-in is often 12 inches. However, some experts have also used 10 and 14 inches too.

What is a Toilet Seat?

A toilet seat is the hinged unit that consists or a round or oval open section of a seat usually found at the top of the toilet bowl. A toilet seat is more common with raised toilets.

It comes in form of a lid that has its middle area bored. The lid is bolted on the bowl of the toilet and set in a sitting position. This is completely different to the squat toilet that we know.

What is a Toilet Seat Usually Made Of?

There are a number of materials that toilet seats can be made of. The initial decision will lie with the owner of the property. However, once you buy the property or if the contract sates otherwise you can always do your own make up. In doing so, you could choose between plastic, wood, or cushioned seat. Even so many toilet seats are often made out of high-impact plastic. Sometimes they can also be made out of plastic coating over composite wood.

What Do You if You Want New Toilet Seat?

Well if you want a new toilet seat the first thing you have to do is measure your seat before replacing it. The simplest way too measure your toilet seat is to do it in the following steps.

  • Hold the measuring tape at the center front of the toilet bowl.
  • Stretch the measuring tape to the center of the hinges between the post holes.
  • Mark the shape of your seat and go with the measurements to your vendor.
  • If you aren’t sure of the shape, take the seat off your pan and take the pan’s picture.

Which is the Toilet Seat to Choose?

Toilet seats are determined basically by their shapes. Often by just looking you would be able to tell whether you have an oval, round, or oblong shaped toilet. What this means is that you don’t have to really look for a new type of toilet seat unless you intend to change the whole toilet bowl.

What are the Standard Toilet Bowl Sizes?

Because there are not types except when going by the shapes, the most important thing when buying a toilet seat should just be the measurement. When measuring like we have see above, just be sure to measure really well.

Often the standard toilet bowl sizes will be the round toilet bowl at 16.5 inches. Remember; measure from the front of the bowl to the middle of the screws. The screws are placed at the back of the bowl/lid area.

What are the Considerations When Buying a Toilet Seat?

Like we have seen above the size of the toilet seat will be very important. However, here are some other things that will also play a key role when you choose to buy a toilet seat any day.

  • The color of the toilet seat – black, white, or other pastel colors
  • The material of manufacture
  • The price of the toilet seat you choose
  • The initial budget that you did for the seat
  • Additional warranties if available


A toilet seat plays a key role in ensuring that your toilet remains very hygienic and also very easy to use. It is the main part that keeps you from sitting on a wet toilet as it is easy to dry always.

Joe Carrow

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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