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What Size Toilet Seat Do You Need?

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We admire the gunslingers of the world, those swaggering, confident individuals who make lightning-fast decisions with nary a second’s regret. Other people take their time, considering, pondering, almost gathering a layer of dust before they finally decide. Maybe.

When it comes to buying a toilet seat, we don’t advocate either option; pulling the trigger on a seat that doesn’t fit gets you, well, stuck with a seat that doesn’t fit.

And while sometimes you can take your time with this decision, other times – say, in the case of a cracked toilet seat – speculating too long could result in seat failure and a wet butt.

Round or Elongated?

Every year our Customer Service team takes calls from people who need to know what size toilet seat they should buy. It’s a good thing they ask, because toilet seats are designed to fit one of two bowls: round or elongated. A round toilet seat absolutely won’t fit an elongated bowl, and, as you may have guessed, the opposite is also true.

And whether you ride with the gunslingers or hang with the turtles, you both get a 30-day return policy on any toilet seat you purchase. We don’t want you alone in Stucksville with a toilet seat you can’t use. They make for weird lawn ornaments and even more awkward door stops.

There’s a happy medium here, and it’s called measuring. So grab a tape measure and a way to record what you find and let’s get started.

As we said, toilet seats come in two sizes: round and elongated. Every toilet seat is one of these two, indicated on its packaging. It’s not always easy to tell by looking at the seat, which is why measuring is important.

Using a tape measure, determine the distance between the center of the mounting holes in the back of the toilet. The standard measurement for this distance is 5 ½”, with a midpoint of approximately 2 ¾”. Place the hook of your tape measure at the midpoint and measure to the outside edge of the toilet bowl rim in front.

A round toilet bowl will measure approximately 16 ½” in length. An elongated bowl is approximately 18 ½” in length. Based on your measurement, order the appropriate seat – round or elongated – for your bowl. Our seats are designed to fit most manufacturers’ round or elongated bowls.

Measure Twice...

We encourage you to heed the old carpenter’s axiom and “Measure twice, cut once.” Or in this case, “Measure twice, order once.” There’s no point in needless frustration when a few more seconds will help you confirm. (Keep those weird lawn ornaments in mind if you feel the urge to skip this step.)

Have a specialty bowl or still can’t figure out what size seat to order? No problem! Click here to view our video about determining the correct size seat for your bowl, or call our Customer Service team at 888.722.6488.

Feel free to speed dial if you’re a gunslinger, or take your time if you’re a turtle. Either way, we’re here for you.

Visit The Reading Room to read articles about design inspiration, toilet seat materials, and how to loosen and/or tighten the little rascals. A few of our favorites include:

What Material Should You Choose for Your Toilet Seat?

How to Remove and Replace a Toilet Seat

How to Loosen Your Toilet Seat

How to Tighten Your Toilet Seat

Who Knew That Cleaning Your Toilet Seat Was So Easy!