Different types of toilet seats

Toilet decorations have become an integral part of home décor and a classy toilet seat can have a huge effect on your toilet’s feel, look and shape. Due to personal

  • PublishedMarch 9, 2018

Toilet decorations have become an integral part of home décor and a classy toilet seat can have a huge effect on your toilet’s feel, look and shape. Due to personal preferences, toilets seats do not come in a standard size. Here is a quick overview of toilet seats and what you need to consider when choosing one.

A toilet seat is a hinged unit consisting of a round or oval open seat, and usually a lid, which is bolted onto the bowl of a toilet used in a sitting position. The seat can be either for a flush toilet or a dry toilet.
Toilet seats have two basic parts: a top that covers the toilet and a seat that’s contoured for comfort. Both parts connect to a hinge for easy cleaning. The seats come in a variety of colours and base materials including wood, steel, porcelain and plastic to accommodate decorating schemes. Designs differ with changes that appeal to individual tastes. Here are some listed types of toilets seats.


A standard toilet seat can be contemporary or traditional in style, and can come in a variety of materials and finishes. They are easy to fit and can suit a wide variety of bathrooms.

Soft close

These types of seats are designed to provide a gentle closing mechanism for the seat and lid, so that it doesn’t bang against the bowl if you let go. Besides adding a feeling of luxury, it is a good idea for family bathrooms, helping to avoid trapped fingers.

Thermoplastic (polypropylene)

This is one of the most popular materials for contemporary toilet seats and provides an attractive, shiny look, which is an unbreakable, hardwearing finish that’s easy to clean.


The thermoset is a deluxe polymer material that’s durable and hardwearing. It is a high quality material and aesthetically looks like ceramic. By knocking against the seat, you can easily differentiate a thermoset seat from a thermoplastic seat. It sounds deeper and less plastic. It is the ultimate choice for a stylish, contemporary toilet seat.

Solid wood

This is a great choice for more traditional bathrooms, and comes in a choice of finishes to suit your style, including plain white and natural oak. The seats are often made of wood or bamboo, which are natural products that can deviate from colour and texture. Due to a multiple-layer coating, a hygienic, easy-to-clean surface is ensured, one that also keeps its natural look. Oak, pine and mahogany are among the types of wood often used for wooden seats.

Family toilet seat (quick release mechanism)

Cleaning your toilet seat can often be tricky and sometimes unpleasant. Many of our seats come with a quick release mechanism, which allows you to easily remove the seat from its hinges for simple yet thorough maintenance.

Basic circular seats

Circular seats are very traditional and used frequently for home bathrooms. The seat goes completely around without any gap in the front. Most circular toilet seats come in white, but contemporary designs also offer coloured options and prints including florals.

Open front

Open front toilet seats are common both in the home and in public restrooms. The seat looks like a horseshoe. There is some debate over why the horseshoe design developed as some individuals say it protects the toilet from drips during male urination, while others claim it safeguards people from spreading disease since the genitals do not touch that area.

Raised toilet seats

People who have posture issues are beneficiaries of such toilets. Many individuals with various medications and sleeping devices need raised toilet seats to offer them support. Tall people also purchase these seats to help them install a toilet that is commensurate to their height.

Published December 2017

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