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Wood Toilet Seats

Toilet seats are often overlooked, but getting the right one can make a huge difference to your comfort. Wood is a very popular material for toilet seats and other furniture. It is a renewable resource, easy to work with and fairly inexpensive, making it a great option for budget-conscious and eco-conscious consumers. Its natural grain can also be very attractive. Wood can be painted, varnished and lacquered very easily, allowing manufacturers to make wood toilet seats in an almost limitless range of colours and designs. Many different types of wood are used for toilet seats, from compressed MDF to hardwoods like oak. Wood is also naturally warmer to the touch than plastic.

Measuring Your Toilet Seat

Replacing a toilet seat is a relatively straightforward process that you can probably do yourself. However, you have to make sure to have the right size of replacement toilet seat, otherwise it will not fit on your toilet. The most important measurement to take is between the fastenings at the rear of the seat. This is typically a standard size, but a toilet seat with the wrong spacing will not fit. Toilet seats also come in different shapes. While any toilet seat with the right distance between the fastenings will fit your toilet, getting the wrong shape may lead to improper coverage. Toilet seats are typically either round or elongated to a point at the front. Measuring the toilet bowl opening at the longest and widest points will tell you which size and shape to get.

Toilet Seat Hardware

A toilet seat can’t just sit on top of your toilet, it has to be bolted down. Hinges allow the seat to be lifted and replaced easily, and can be made from a variety of materials including metal and plastic. Toilets may also be top-fixing or bottom-fixing, which determines the type of hardware that you need. With a top-fixing toilet, the seat is bolted down from above, while in bottom-fixing toilets the bolts come through from underneath.

Other Toilet Seat Materials

Wood toilet seats are a popular option, but they are still just one option among many. Plastic toilet seats are typically lighter and cheaper than wood, and also withstand wet bathroom conditions better. Because they are so much lighter, it is also easier to fit soft close hinges. Resin toilet seats are less common but still popular. Unlike wood or ordinary plastic, they can be made in a variety of colours, including transparent and translucent shades.

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