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A Guide to Toilet Seats

If you are currently renovating your bathroom, don’t fall into the common trap of forgetting about your toilet seat; just because D shaped toilet seats are found in every home, doesn’t mean you have a limited selection of styles to choose from.

Style & Design:
Replacing the toilet seat is an ideal opportunity for you to stamp your mark. For the more reserved individual, investing in a Wood Effect Seat will evoke a rustic look: a light pine seat will add a fresh look to your bathroom and a darker mahogany colour will add an elegant touch. Wooden toilet seats also give you the opportunity to complement other wooden parts of your bathroom, such as a wooden bath panel or wooden flooring.

To suit a more traditional bathroom décor, white seats are a sensible choice as they add a clean and minimalist look. Our selection of Standard Toilet Seats will serve you well here as they are tradition at its best, with no fancy features such as soft close hinges.

If toilet training is becoming a chore, then we have the answer: A Family Toilet Seat. These boast a practical, two-in-one seat design which will benefit the whole family.

If, however, all you want to do is inject some fun into your bathroom, then look no further than our collection of Novelty Toilet Seats. Here you will find everything from a union jack seat, to a shark themed one.

Presenting the Soft Close Seat:
Soft Close Seats deserve a mention on their own as they eliminate the problem with traditional seats crashing to the pan. With a soft seat it will slowly close with a gentle tap, avoiding the situation of the seat crashing down in the middle of the night and waking everyone up. This subtly closing mechanism also reduces the formation of cracks, thereby increasing its durability.

Measurements: An Important Consideration.
When shopping for a toilet seat, you should always take some time to consider if it will actually fit your current loo.  You need to measure the width and length of your pan and also the distance between the fixing holes (the two holes on the back of your toilet pan).

Measure the overall length and width of your existing seat, but don’t worry if they don't match up exactly to the one you like as a 10-20mm discrepancy is fine. The next step is to measure the distance required for the hinges by measuring the distance between the centres of the two holes on your pan. This can vary depending on your toilet and it can be from as low as 100mm to as high as 240mm.

The Importance of Hinges:
Efficient Toilet Hinges are crucial to ensuring longevity and that the seat will withstand everyday wear and tear. Hinge fixings can vary from the standard nut and bolt fixing, to the top fix where the hinge is fitted by tightening two screws at the top. Top fix hinges are typically used when there is no access to the underside of the fixings, like in a back to wall WC.

At Splashdirect you are spoilt for choice as we have a range of standard chrome hinges, traditional gold hinges or duroplastic soft close hinges to help you pick your perfect toilet seat.

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