How to Properly Install an Elongated Toilet Seat

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What You'll Need
Elongated toilet seat
Non-abrasive cleaning solution
Damp rag or cloth for cleaning

When shopping for an elongated toilet seat, the most important consideration is sturdiness. Elongated toilet seats offer much more comfort to the average person, and they are easy to install. Follow these step-by-step instructions to install your very own elongated toilet seat.

Step 1 - Select and Purchase a New Elongated Toilet Seat

Elongated toilet seats offer more room to sit. They are usually 18.5x16.5-inches, which is two-inches larger than the average round toilet seat. You must also choose between a closed front and an open front seat. Open seat models are usually only found in public restrooms, so you should select a closed front.

Step 2 - Find the Double Adhesive Squares

toilet with lid and seat lifted up

Looking at your new elongated toilet seat, you will find some double-sided adhesive squares. Do not discard them, as they will be used during installing. The adhesive strips are used between the toilet and the hinge. They keep the toilet seat from coming loose. Apply them to the toilet seat.

Step 3 - Check for the Bolt Holes and Clean

Ensure the holes where the bolts go are clean. You can use any type of cleaning product for toilets to clean around the hole. Another suggestion is to use rubbing alcohol to remove oil and grease.

Step 4 - Align Toilet Seat and Install

toilet with open lid

Most elongated toilet seats have bolts that snap into the holes. If that is not the case with your seat, you will need to place it correctly. Align the seat with the holes. Place the bolts in the holes and use a screwdriver to tighten them. Do not over tighten the bolts, as they might crack the porcelain toilet.

Step 5 - Open and Close Lid

Check for proper operation of your toilet seat. Open and close both the lid and the seat several times to make sure it doesn't stick. Sit down on the lid to make sure wiggle.