Are toilet seats universal? Some people might think that there is not such a thing as “universal” toilet seats because they will have to buy one that is compatible with their own favorite brand.
Others might think that every single toilet seat is the same and even if it isn’t, they’ll be fine. Finally, some people may believe that they can use any of these toilet seats in a variety of bathrooms including public ones and foreign ones. This article Addresses exactly that.
Are toilet seats universal?
Toilet seats are not, under any circumstances, universal. A toilet seat is a basic fixture that needs to be customized for each and every bathroom. It’s a weird thing to cross any country’s border without considering the customs of that country.
But if you insist on taking your toilet seat with you as a souvenir, make sure it has a couple of parts removed before you go through customs: bolts, nuts, washers. They are supposed to check those things.
You may get away with taking your toilet seat on a short trip, but if you plan on leaving the country for an extended period of time—say, several years—to make money, this is not recommended.
If you can’t take your toilet seat out of the country, try to find a toilet seat that fits your home plumbing. Not every country has universal toilets. Most countries have some sort of custom-style toilet that requires a different kind of toilet seat cover.
Are there different size toilet seats?
Yes. Some toilets have a toilet seat that fits all adults, but most have an elongated seat that fits only certain heights. You’ll need a longer toilet seat if your toilet is above a certain height, or if it has an elongated bowl. Also, consider the size of your bathroom. If you’re not roomy enough for a standard-sized toilet seat, you may be forced to make do with an elongated one.
Do all toilets look the same?
No, they don’t. They may be exactly alike on the outside, but on the inside, they often operate differently than other toilets in the world. And some people have to lower their undergarments more than others to sit comfortably on a toilet seat.
Different toilets sit differently in the bowl; some of them have a higher flush lever—which means you have to sit farther down to use them. In that case, you may have to purchase a toilet seat that raises up higher. Even toilets from the same manufacturing company can vary slightly from each other; and if they have been sitting in the warehouse for a while, they can rust or decay and need replacement.
Do you measure a toilet seat for replacement?
Although most toilets now come within standard seat size, it is vital to measure the existing one before you buy a replacement. Your toilet seat size is based on the diameter of your bowl or bowl opening, and you need to know what that measurement is so you can order a replacement seat that will fit properly.
Measure the diameter of your bowl with a tape measure; it should be around 35 inches.
Common Toilet Standard Sizes
Standard-sized seat: 13 3/4″ x 16 1/2″ Elongated or comfort size seat: 15 3/8″ x 20 1/2″. There are many ways to measure a toilet but the best way to do it is by 1. Putting an old toilet seat cover on the new toilet at the right height (usually 14-15 inches above the large hole). 2. Place a 1/4 inch plywood sheet on top of the toilet and measure from the ground to the bottom of the plywood.
Conclusion on Are Toilet Seats Universal?
It doesn’t really matter whether toilet seats are universal or not, but a lot of people want a universal toilet seat because they think it’s “easier” to install. Well, in reality, it isn’t.
It’s just that some people don’t realize what’s involved in installing one. Most universal toilet seats do come with the correct size bolts and nuts to fit certain brands of toilet bowls, however, so you can always use those parts if you decide to buy one that is uninstalled from the manufacturer. It’s always important to choose the right size for your bathroom.
Arthur C. Jackson is the resident handyman and toilet expert for BestToiletGuides.com. Drawing from his experience, Arthur’s writing tends to focus on helping consumers find the best deals for their bathroom products and helping inform homeowners of simple DIY toilet fixes to save them money.