An integral part of any bathroom, ensuite or cloakroom design, your choice of toilet seat can have a massive impact on the look and feel of your space.
With so many designs to choose from, including different colours, shapes and materials, it's hard to know where to begin. Luckily, help is at hand. This buying guide will give you brief overview of the toilet seats available at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can make an informed decision.
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- Types of toilet seat
- Toilet seat shapes
- Toilet seat materials
- Special features
- Fitting a toilet seat
- Toilet seat brands
- Shop toilet seats
The Bath Co. traditional oak effect top fixing soft close seat brings a more natural element to your bathroom decor
Types of toilet seat
There are 2 main types of toilet seat: standard close and soft close. Let's look at these in closer detail.
Standard close toilet seats
A standard close 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 toilet seats
This type of seat is 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. As well as adding a feeling of luxury, it can also be a good idea for family bathrooms, helping to avoid trapped fingers.
Made from anti-scratch thermoset plastic, this D shape soft close toilet seat is a great choice if you're looking for something both hardwearing and stylish
Toilet seat shapes
We stock the following shapes:
Round toilet seats
By far and away the most common shape available, traditional toilets usually require a round-shaped toilet seat.
Square toilet seats
Usually found with contemporary style toilets, a square toilet seat (or, more accurately, a rectangular toilet seat) features sides which are roughly parallel.
D shaped toilet seats
A combination of the 2 toilet seats above, a D shaped toilet seat comes with a flat hinge edge and is most common with contemporary toilets.
Toilet seat materials
The toilet seats at VictoriaPlum.com make use of several different materials, making it easy for you to find the perfect match for your bathroom.
This is one of the most popular materials for contemporary toilet seats and provides an attractive, hardwearing finish that’s easy to clean.
The ultimate choice for a stylish, contemporary toilet seat, Duroplast (also known as Thermoset) is a deluxe polymer material that’s durable, hardwearing and will stay looking fantastic for years.
Engineered, moulded or solid wood
This a great choice for more traditional bathrooms, and comes in a choice of finishes to suit your style, including plain white and natural oak.
For toilet seats sizes large or small, look no further than the comprehensive range at VictoriaPlum.com.
- Read our blog post, where we look at toilet seat materials in greater depth.
Keep an eye out for these neat features when buying your toilet seat.
Family toilet seat
If you have small children, a normal sized toilet can sometimes be a bit of a struggle for them. We have just the solution, in our Family toilet seat, which comes complete with a smaller seat that is secured by magnets and can be flipped down when required.
Quick release mechanism
Cleaning your toilet seat can often be tricky and pretty 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.
Fitting a toilet seat
Replacing a toilet seat is usually a simple process, as most have standard fittings and require basic tools such as a screwdriver. All the toilet seats at VictoriaPlum.com come with full and clear instructions for easy fitting.
- Read our article "How to fit a toilet seat" complete with step-by-step video.
If you’re selecting a new seat for an existing toilet, be sure to check all the measurements to ensure it will fit.
- Read our article "How to measure for a toilet seat".
Toilet seats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can never assume it will fit a "standard" toilet design.
- Read our article "Are toilet seats a standard size?".
Toilet seat brands
If you have a specific brand of toilet, it is a wise idea to buy a toilet seat from the same manufacturer. We stock the following toilet seat brands:
- Mode Bathrooms—Slimline design for a contemporary appearance
- Orchard Bathrooms—A choice of modern designs, including a square and round shapes
- The Bath Co.—Traditional toilet seat designs including a wide choice of finishes and colours to match The Bath Co. furniture ranges
- Clarity—High quality, no nonsense toilet seats—ideal if you're working to a budget
- Croydex—Range of stunning designs complete with Flexi Fix fittings, for a universal, non-fit slip
- Grohe—Designed to match Grohe toilets
- Ideal Standard—Designed to match Ideal Standard toilets
- Celmac Wirquin—A range of high quality wooden seats including a family seat
Shop toilet seats
Got a good idea which type of seat you want to go for? Shop our comprehensive range of toilet seats today.