Fitting a toilet seat: How to install a new one or replace

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Is it time to start thinking of fitting a new toilet seat? Has your old one seen better days? Have you bought a new one to match your newly decorated bathroom? Or have you invested in a brand new toilet to update your bathroom and it comes with a toilet seat included?

A toilet seat is a small part of your bathroom fitting and typically a lot less to buy than a set of shiny new taps. But it still needs to be fitted properly to make your new toilet seat is steady and firm. No-one wants a wobbly toilet seat.

Here we tell you how to install or replace a toilet seat for the common toilet types.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.