*Last Updated: April 2024

How To Install A Toilet Seat Cushion Riser

toilet seat cushion riser

A toilet seat cushion riser comes in handy when creating a safe bathroom or toilet for an old or disabled person. Older, or incapacitated, people can find it hard to use the standard toilet, which forces them to bend their hips and knees to sit down fully.

A raised toilet seat makes it easy for people with joint problems to ease themselves comfortably. Installing a raised toilet seat can be expensive, depending on the contractor and the equipment- so a DIY install is a great solution.

Tip: install a toilet safety rail for added security. These bathroom assistance rails are a great way to enhance restroom security and fall prevention in the home.


How To Install A Raised Toilet Seat

1. Remove the old toilet seat

Before removing your toilet seat, you must first purchase a raised toilet seat that fits your current toilet. Your raised toilet seat needs to be fixed tightly and in a level manner to maintain safety and hygiene for the users. There are two typical toilet seats, namely elongated and regular seats, and you must ensure you buy the one that fits your toilet.

Most toilet seats are attached by several screws, which are covered by a cap.

Locate the position of your current toilet screws and remove them using a screwdriver. Use the same screwdriver to remove screws from hinges or a utility knife where the plumber used silicon to seal hinges to the toilet seat. After removing the screws or cutting the silicon, whichever the case, you can now lift the toilet seat from the base.

2. Attach the raised toilet seat

Raised toilet seats are not hard to install because they fit on almost all toilets. Three plastic clips are almost enough to connect a raised toilet seat to the base of the bathroom. Some other raised toilet seats have one or several flanges that hold the seat into the toilet bowl.

A raised toilet seat will have notches on the sides and in front. The next thing you do is installing the plastic clips under the toilet bowl’s lip.

On top of the bowl, place the raised toilet seat and align the clips. It would help if you pushed the seat down to fit well or turns the raised toilet seat if it has some dials. After that, you can gently shake the seat to make sure you have installed it correctly.

3. Fix the seat support arms if necessary

Some raised toilet seats have support arms on both sides of the seat for assisting in sitting down or standing up when using the toilet. Some support arms come installed on the raised toilet seats, while others need to be attached after installing the seat.

The support arms will either be folding arms or stationary arms, and you will install them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. You cannot go wrong in installing a raised toilet seat with these guidelines.

4. Attach the lid

The last step is to remove hinges from your old toilet lid and seat so that you can use the cover once again. You can now screw the toilet seat lid into the proper position after lifting the hinges on the seat riser.

Summing Up

You do not need to spend your money purchasing expensive toilet equipment and then hiring a costly contractor when you can install a toilet seat riser yourself and save some cash for other things. Another interesting DIY project that could help you- learn how to make an automatic toilet seat, which can make bathroom use much easier to use for injured or disabled people.

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