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Gorja Thu 06-Oct-16 18:10:04

Not the most exciting thread but can anybody find me a toilet seat? We moved house three weeks ago and I've so far bought five but nine will fit. The house we moved to hadn't been cleaned for years and the existing seat is vile but I can't find a replacement.mhave added the pic to give you an idea of the fittings.

LittleG69 Thu 06-Oct-16 21:01:55

I've had problems finding one to fit mine. Does yours have too fixings, i.e. you can't access the fittings from underneath?

LittleG69 Thu 06-Oct-16 21:02:06

Top, not too

lapsedorienteerer Thu 06-Oct-16 21:04:43

Ohhh, don't start me on the subject of toilet seats! Why, oh why, are they not a standard size. I feel your pain but cannot offer a solution. Cannot tell from your photo whether it it a top only fitting or can you access the screws from below?

bouncydog Thu 06-Oct-16 21:39:11

Is there anywhere on the toilet that tells you what make it is?

ChishandFips33 Thu 06-Oct-16 22:05:18

Ohhh, don't start me on the subject of toilet seats! Why, oh why, are they not a standard size. I feel your pain
^^this!!
Is it a soft close? If so it might be cheaper/easier to buy a cheap loo and seat and go without a soft close

I've just paid £65 for a soft close seat to go with my new loo - the cheapy loo downstairs was £40/50 complete!

OnePlanOnHouzz Fri 07-Oct-16 08:43:16

Sometimes you need to get the matching toilet seat from the loo maker - ie ideal standard studio range did some odd size loo seats - so see if you can see a maker stamp in the cistern ( auto correct changed that to custard! Lol ) if you can take a picture of the whole loo from a few different angles - a good bathroom supplier should be able to help !
smile

PigletJohn Fri 07-Oct-16 11:34:19

In what way do ordinary ones not fit?

(BTW, if you ever buy a new WC, avoid the "quirky" or "stylish" ones in novel or smart designs, for this very reason)

Kit30 Fri 07-Oct-16 11:47:13

Looks like one I had but have replaced
Look for Bemis branded ones in Homebase etc; measure seat and get same size. The fixings are different but still work

8misskitty8 Fri 07-Oct-16 16:43:48

If none of the standard sizes fit then only probable option is to try and find out the manufacturer and contact them. Which you'll find will be quite expensive. Ideal standard for example charge about £80 for their toilet seats !
You'll probably find it cheaper to fit a whole new toilet. You'll be able to pick up a decent one if you buy ex-display or end of line.

Gorja Fri 07-Oct-16 19:13:05

It's an Armitage Shanks toilet.

The fittings can be got from the bottom but all the loo seats I have bought the fittings at the back don't go back far enough so the toilet seat won't fit. It also has a sunken bit for the fittings which means there are raised bits to either sides of the fittings.

I'd love a new loo but the suite is a cream colour and I do want to replace it all at some point. I don't think I can live with a white lol and cream sink and bath and can't afford to replace it all.

Why oh why are they not all the same? Surely a loo is a loo is a loo!

PigletJohn Fri 07-Oct-16 22:16:53

OOI, if it is an original Armitage Shanks, it is probably solid hard plastic and very heavy. It can be put in the dishwasher which should bring it up very bright and clean.

try these people
www.brokenbog.com/

redshoespurplehat Sat 08-Oct-16 08:15:29

In the dishwasher? Noooooo!

Cakescakescakes Sat 08-Oct-16 08:17:33

Could you just remove it and give it all a good scrub with bleach and an old toothbrush?

AbyssinianBanana Sat 08-Oct-16 08:21:56

I once bought a toilet. I thought it was uk standard until I went to replace the seat. I had to call a plumber in the end who had to special order it from a trade store. £80 just for the seat. I decided if that seat broke, it would be cheaper to replace the entire toilet grin

thenewaveragebear1983 Sat 08-Oct-16 08:26:46

Only on mumsnet would someone advise washing someone else's toilet seat in your dishwasher. That's put me right off my breakfast....

lapsedorienteerer Sat 08-Oct-16 20:37:20

I had no idea there were so many different sized toilet bowls/seats, do measure first. We have Armitage Shanks (fully aware they have many different sizes) , probably about 16 years old, this Wickes seat fitted, just replaced two.

Gorja Sun 09-Oct-16 09:47:55

Unfortunately it's a wooden loo seat otherwise I would be very tempted to put it In The dishwasher!

Have looked at that site for discontinued bathroom stuff and no joy - mind you some of their seats were £200+!

I can see myself replacing an entire bathroom just for the sake of a loo seat.

Yddraigoldragon Sun 09-Oct-16 10:11:40

www.toiletseatfinder.com/how-to-measure-a-toilet-seat.html might be a help?

Yddraigoldragon Sun 09-Oct-16 10:14:12

Meant to add, I think it is a US site but has good info which might help

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Sun 09-Oct-16 17:36:31

www.choicereplacementtoiletseatshop.co.uk/armitage-shanks-toilet-seats-14-c.asp

These people might be able to help OP.
I'm looking for a replacement seat too and have had a bit of an issue.

Watto1 Sun 09-Oct-16 17:43:07

I once had trouble finding a new seat for the loo in our new house. The previous owners had left a cracked wooden seat and I really didn't want to use it. The loo was shaped like a butternut squash and I eventually found one online for £99 shock. I ended up getting a whole new loo from Wickes for half that price, including getting it fitted.

Gorja Mon 10-Oct-16 20:07:04

Thanks EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard. I've found my loo on that site which is progress and it has one toilet seat for sale which I've ordered!

Fingers crossed it will fit. My husband thinks I have lost the plot with my loo seat obsession!

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Mon 10-Oct-16 21:00:58

I'm actually made up with that, thanks for letting me know Gorja. Hope you're very happy in your new home. It may be a work in progress, but you'll get there in the end.

Gorja Tue 11-Oct-16 12:36:04

Enrique it arrived today and it fits!!!

Thank you so so much.

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