Everything You Need to Know About Replacing the Toilet Seat

Replacing the toilet seat is generally a job you’ll have to take care of yourself, unless you are physically unable to or regularly employ a handyman. Compared to other DIY projects, replacing the toilet seat is a relatively simple task. If you have the right size replacement to hand it’s unlikely that you’ll require any tools, and most modern toilet seats are adjustable meaning that you are extremely unlikely to have to make any material alterations. Generally it’s best to make the repairs using latex or washing up gloves, but if it feels awkward wearing them be sure to use a barrier cream on your hands.

When preparing to replace the toilet seat, it’s important to give the toilet a thorough clean, as the area immediately below the seat fixings is often difficult to reach.  Ensure that all of the seat contact points are touching the toilet pan before you start to fix it. If you need to adjust the width of the fixing plates, simply follow the instructions that come with your seat. Hold the fixing screws on the seat over the holes in the toilet pan and lower it into place, taking care not to drop the seat. You can then make some final adjustments if necessary.

When you feel you have the position just right, take the fixing nuts and screw them onto the fixing screws using your hands or a spanner.  Take care not to over-tighten them as this can split the nuts if they are plastic,  or it could crack the porcelain beneath if they are metallic. Before you finish tightening the nuts, ensure that the seat is still in position where you want it to be. When you’re happy, finish tightening the nuts but be careful not to over tighten them. If there’s something you’re not sure about or replacing yours proves a bit more complicated, speak to a team member at your local DIY store.