Guide to choosing the right toilet coverby Nica Johnson Beauty Consultant
When to replace the toilet cover
The toilet seat is often the involuntary protagonist of a bitter war between the sexes. For anatomical reasons, women prefer to use it lowered, while men want it raised.
In a house, the toilet seat can, therefore, be subject to continuous wear and tear due to the movements required to put it in the right position each time.
Only if the toilet cover is fitted with a cushioned closure system will it be able to withstand the continuous shocks to which it is subjected over time.
In most cases, however, the continuous wear and tear translate sooner or later into the need to replace it with a new model.
Choosing a new toilet cover is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. In fact, you can find a very wide range of shapes and models on the market, but not all of them can be suitable for your toilet.
The cost of the accessory is generally between 30 and 60 euros, so it is certainly advisable to choose it carefully to avoid unnecessary expenses.
Here is, therefore, a short guide to help you choose the right model.
Features of the toilet cover
As far as materials are concerned, we can distinguish the toilet covers mainly in two categories:
those with a wooden core (chipboard or MDF) coated with polyester;
those in thermosetting plastic material.
The latter are certainly more resistant and durable, but can also be appreciated from an aesthetic point of view. The design is, in fact, more enveloping and elegant, especially in the ultra-thin version.
The hinges should preferably be made of stainless steel or chrome-plated brass (like the faucets). Materials such as Zamak, on the other hand, are more delicate and easily attacked by rust.
Which toilet cover to choose from among the many available on the market?
In DIY centers or in supermarkets, you can find a universal toilet seat cover. These models can be adapted to any toilet bowl model.
However, universal toilet covers are inexpensive but not very functional solutions, so it is preferable to avoid them. And you can always replace them with these https://sanitaryreview.com/best-bidet-toilet-seats/ if you want.
These toilet covers are made to adapt to different toilet sizes. But it is precisely this adaptability that makes the seat tend to be unstable. Moving around frequently and not leaning well ends up breaking with a certain ease.
The best solution, therefore, remains to buy a seat of the same brand as the one you are going to replace or otherwise dedicated to the model of your toilet.
The original seat made by the toilet manufacturer usually has a slightly higher cost. However, it offers greater guarantees of durability and is certainly better suited to the dedicated toilet bowl.
What information do I need to choose the toilet cover?
To buy a replacement toilet seat for your bathroom, you need to know first:
the brand of the toilet bowl;
the health care model.
If you can no longer find the datasheets or purchase invoices for the model you bought years ago, don't worry: you will usually find these data written about the healthcare model itself.
Another important piece of information is the exact measurements of the toilet, to be taken as shown in the picture above. So get a meter and take the measurements in this way:
Distance between the holes for the hinges.
Length measured between the center distance of the holes and the end of the pot.
Maximum pot width.
These measures should be taken directly on the sanitary ware, after removing the tablet or at least holding it up.
Since some models may have gone out of production over time, it would also be useful to know the model of the screws (traditional or expansion screws) and the year of purchase.
Where to buy the toilet cover?
Toilet covers can be purchased in DIY stores. The risk, however, is that you make the wrong choice and then have to go to the store several times to request a replacement.
In some shops, moreover, the replacement cannot take place if the accessory is returned without the protective film with which it is sold.
It is, therefore, preferable to go to a bathroom accessory store, where you will certainly find trained and experienced staff able to indicate the best solution.
If you prefer to save time on travel and research and want to make sure you get the perfect toilet seat, you can use the convenient online service of Sintesi Bagno.
To choose the right toilet seat, the Sintesi Bagno team can help you in this way:
- Take two photos of the toilet seat without a tablet (one top view and one side view).
- take measures as indicated above.
- Report the make and model of the health care provider, if you know them.
Photographs of the sanitary ware are important to make the staff understand the shape and style of the seat to suggest.
Created on Apr 21st 2020 05:00. Viewed 328 times.