How to measure for a toilet seat

If you’re looking to buy a new toilet seat, we’ll show exactly what you’ll need to measure, to ensure it fits perfectly first time.

According to a recent survey of our customers, nearly half of all those who responded had a loose or broken toilet seat, which they simply hadn’t got round to fixing or replacing.

There are many reasons why people put off fitting a new toilet seat, with one of the main ones being that toilet seats don’t come in a standard size. Toilet seats go through plenty of wear and tear in their time, so it’s unsurprising that so many require replacing.

The great news is, you can replace a toilet seat quickly and easily, without having to break the bank. To help make sure your new toilet seat fits like a glove, watch our video below to find out which measurements you need to take. All you need to do is grab a tape measure, a pencil and some paper.


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Here’s how to measure for a toilet seat

Measuring up for a new toilet seat really is simple. You will need to take 4 measurements from your toilet: Length, width, height and distance between fixing holes.

  1. For length, place one end of your tape measure between the fixing holes and stretch out to the very front end of your toilet.
  2. For width, measure across the pan at the widest point.
  3. For height, measure the distance between the fixing holes and the cistern or wall.
  4. Note the distance between the 2 fixing holes as these can sometimes vary between seats.

Step-by-step images

Measuring length.

Measuring length of toilet

Measuring width.

Measuring width of toilet

Measuring height.

Measuring height of toilet

Measuring the distance between fixing holes.

Measuring fixing holes of toilet


Buying your new toilet seat

If you’d like further information, check out our toilet seat buying guide for an in-depth look at the different types of toilet seat available, or browse our comprehensive range of toilet seats.

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Further toilet seat ideas and advice

Simply click on any of the links below to discover more ideas and advice for toilet seats.

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