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Cold comfort: The toilet seat dilemma

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 8 years ago 2 min read

Without wanting to go into too much detail (or any detail for that matter) we all spend a significant portion of our life on the toilet. While this may not seem like big news there is one hurdle which we must all overcome—the choice of toilet seat.

Style and comfort

There are two main considerations when choosing a toilet seat. The first is style and the second is comfort. The seat has to work well with the style of the room. It has to fit, in a design sense, and work aesthetically. Plus, with a range of toilet seats sizes, you need to find one that actually covers your toilet pan adequately.

Solid oak traditional style wooden seat

Bring warmth and charm to your bathroom decor with this Solid oak traditional style wooden seat

Go for an oak toilet seat in a modern minimalist bathroom and it will look out of place. The reverse is also true. A minimalist seat in a country style bathroom, or atop a traditional toilet, will look odd so you need to try and match the style of your seat to the rest of the room.

Bold or subtle?

The toilet seat can also either be a design statement or it can be something that simply nestles with the rest of the features. Pick a bold colour to match a colour scheme and your seat will really stand out. However, you may prefer a more subtle design that simply complements the rest of the suite. Then there is the issue of novelty seats, which are more and more common these days. It seems that generally people either love them or hate them but for a classic design style it’s best to steer clear.

Deco soft close toilet seat

For a more modern toilet look, the Deco soft close D-shaped toilet seat is a great choice

Quality and affordability

Now we come to the comfort issue. As a general rule, a "no frills" seat (anything costing less than £10) will be less comfortable and won’t last as long. With bathroom suites you almost always get what you pay for. Spend a little more and you can get a sturdy seat that will last for years and years.

You also need to bear in mind the material from which it’s made. How easy is it to clean and how hard-wearing it is. Another thing to consider is whether a soft closing seat is something you need. These are handy if there are bedrooms next door where people can get woken up by banging seats in the morning.

Handy hint: If you're looking for a replacement toilet seat, make sure you read our blog post: Are toilet seats a standard size?

As you can see, there is a lot more to choosing toilet seats than you would first imagine. All you have to do now is choose the right kind of seat for you. Remember, you’ll spend a lot of time on it over a lifetime so it’s important to make the right investment. So why not browse our toilet seats today?

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 8 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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