The Easiest Way To Replace Your Toilet Seat

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Changing a toilet seat is a non-glamorous home necessity—whether you need to switch out a broken one, want a new style, or it’s simply time to replace it. If you don’t know how to go about removing and installing a toilet seat, we have you covered with all of the basics. It’s fairly quick and easy to accomplish. You’ll have a fresh toilet seat in no time so that you can get back to working on the actual fun stuff, like decorating your bathroom.

What You Need:

  • New toilet seat

  • Tape measure

  • Wrench

  • Sponge

  • Soap

Steps:

  1. Before buying a new toilet seat, measure your current one:

  2. Measure the distance between the bolts where the seat attaches to the bowl. The typical distance is 5 1/2 inches.

  3. Determine the width of the bowl at its widest point.

  4. Measure the length of the bowl between the seat bolts and the bowl’s front edge.

  5. Choose a new toilet seat based on those measurements. The options range from high-impact plastic to materials like wood coated in plastic.

  6. Note: Heated or other specialty seats may have different installation requirements, so make sure to follow the instructions.

  7. Clean the old toilet seat, then remove it.

  8. Start by locating the seat bolts at the back of the bowl.

  9. Remove bolt covers if necessary. Loosen the nuts from the bolts using your hands or an adjustable wrench.

  10. Lift the old seat and its hinges.

  11. Position the new seat on the toilet bowl rim.

  12. Make sure it lines up with the holes for the bolts.

  13. Attach the nuts to the bolts and tighten.

  14. Use a wrench to make sure it’s secure.

  15. Place covers on the hinges if the seat came with them.

  16. Open and close the lid to make sure it’s working properly.

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