The toilet seat, your place of Zen, maybe it’s fine but definitely could use a new look, a new seat. Apart from looking at the big picture and matching it with the decor and theme of the toilet, you’ll also have to make sure that it’s the type you’d prefer.
Types of Toilet Seats You will Find
Toilet seats can be of several types depending on various parameters. We’ll be talking about almost all of them in detail.
Depending on the Shape
Toilet seats are usually found to be in three distinct kinds depending on the shape. These are the ones, I am talking about.
This type of toilet seat is designed with an elementary circle with no opening at the front. A round toilet seat will appraise 20 to 22 inches from the toilet cup’s fitting hole to the front. Round seats are found in both fastened front and unfastened front designs. The Round toilet seats are found to be the most commonly used style in home washrooms whether it be on edges or corners of the bathroom.
Shaped Like a “U”
This type of toilet seat resembles a shape like a capital “U”. It will give you a better option for hygiene by proper cleaning of urine drops. It also gives you enough space to clean your hands without any contact with the toilet seat.
It helps in preventing the spread of diseases since by preventing the individual’s genitals from touching the toilet seat there.
Elongated or Oval-shaped
Elongated toilet seats are oval and more space is needed to install them. This type of toilet seat is good and user friendly for the ones who are tall. It should be avoided if the position of the toilet is near to the door. If used in such washrooms, you may have to face the problem of having the door hit the toilet.
Depending on the Materials Made With
There are four types of toilet seats depending on the materials used for making them. All have their own beauty and uniqueness.
Made of Wood
These seats are usually made from moulded wood. The wooden toilet seats made of wood can go bad in a moist environment. So the detergents should be used properly for cleaning the seats. If these are maintained properly, the seats exhibit good durability and their style contributes to a beautiful setup,
Made of Plastic
This type of toilet seat is made of high-impact plastic. If your residence is in such a place where the winters get so cold, you can notice it more if you use a plastic toilet seat. These seats show cleaning marks and the extremely cold weather can make them split.
Made of Polyresin
The toilet seats made from Polyresin or polypropylene provide more lightweight flexibility than those made from plastic or wood. These can be used as your decorative toilet seats.
Toilet seats can be of two types based on the lid or covering:
Those Having Lid
A toilet seat with a lid is common in most homes. Surely, one can’t expect in a vault toilet though. Putting the seat down after flushing decreases the smell and spread of sanitary particles around the room. It is also a safe practice to have a toilet with a lid, so children do not fall in.
Others Without Having a Lid
A toilet seat without a lid is common in most commercial offices and restaurants. It will not give you the privilege of decreasing the spread of sanitary particles and only use them if you do not have a concern regarding this.
Depending on Hinge
Toilet seats are of two types in this category. They are:
Having Bottom Fixing
This is the type of hinge that has a common style of fixing of its parts. You will have two bolts that will go in the pan, and they should be tightened from the bottom layer. Generally, the wing bolts are used here.
If you have got the place for a bolt, then you need a hinge manufactured for the bottom fixing of the toilet seat. Also, make sure that the pan can accommodate the bolt.
Seats Having Top Fixing
In this type of seat, the two bolts are fed in the pan and it has to be tightened from the top. This type has a simple working process since it just works like a wall plug. Before installing this type of seat in your washroom, make sure that there is no space at the bottom of the toilet.
Depending on the Type of Fittings
Toilet seats are of three different types based on the types of fittings in them.
Blind Screws and Hinge Bar
This type of seat has brackets that you need to fit in a pan. It makes use of a metallic bar as its hinge. The metallic bar has two blind holes, and you should fix the spigots through these holes and use a blind screw.
The use of this blind or grub screw allows the spigots to stick out when the toilet seat is being used, so it can cause problems while using the toilet seat.
Having a Slow Automatic Closing Process
This type of toilet seat, also known as the soft close seat, is somewhat of the modern style and you need to get some specific materials from the manufacturer to install it. The kit should have to contain its brackets.
You should keep in mind that the seat of this type cannot be lifted and you also cannot lean it against the barrel. It is not possible to open the seat at an angle that is more than 115 degrees. These seats are often used in hospitals and commercial spaces nowadays.
Those Having Pan Fixed to the Back Wall
You cannot get access to the pan in these concealed cistern toilet seats. They are found in either back-to-wall and/or wall hung toilets. Here, the screw that you need to secure is covered with a long rubber armhole.
In the end, there should also be a secured nut to be fixed. This is easy to do because you have to fix all of the armholes to the pan and then you need to just secure them with a nut.
Some Features You Might Find in Toilet Seats
You can find some features which can add to the comfort while using the toilet seat. They are described below:
This is a new feature of the modern toilet seats. Unlike the normal hinges used in toilet seats, which only can make the lid open and close, a quick release allows the entire toilet seat and lid venture to be removed fast and with ease. Quick cleaning is the main advantage of this. It allows you to perform the complex cleaning process fast and with comfort.
This type of toilet seat has an integrated lamp installed in it. A high-quality acoustic sensor is installed in it which automatically turns on its darkness while it is not in use and turns its mild glow on when it’s in use at night giving your washroom a soft glow. It is specially created for providing the optimal intensity of light in the shower while not disturbing your vision at night.
Having Control Just Like A Remote
You will be amazed to see this amazing seat with all the works being controlled with a tap. A pad is installed above the toilet to have access to using the toilet.
Just with a single tap, the cleaning, opening, and closing of the lid and other features can be controlled here. On the other hand, you can also get a heated toilet seat that heats up to provide a unique filling.
After the cleaning of toilet seats with sufficient water, the warm air flow easily dries up the toilet with comfort. More importantly, it is a hand-free drying procedure with a flexible hot air dryer.
Q: How can you get rid of scratches on your toilet seats?
Ans: Take a household rust remover such as CLR to the area where scratches are noticed. The area must be scrubbed well with cloth and water needs to be poured properly on the place. This is how you can remove the scratches formed in your toilet seat without causing any harm to it.
Q: Should the colour of the hinge and toilet seat be the same?
Ans: This depends on user preference. But it is wise to match the colour and even if not. you can use the matching shades of the colour. This will make your toilet good looking.
Q: How can you uninstall your old toilet seat?
Ans: You can use a wrench and a screwdriver to remove your old toilet seat usually. Keep in mind that the materials used are made of steel and remove the bolts properly. And if you see your bolts gone bad or rusty, use penetrating oil to ease them at first and then go for their removal.
A toilet is a fundamental part of our construction. This is the most important space in your house or office which must be taken care of and be very careful while building it.
Toilet seats are integral and also the most vital part of the washroom and you should know the types of toilet seats available in the market based on your preference and certain advantages. As an enthusiast on this topic, architect or anyone from construction management, you have to know various types of toilet seats.