How to fix a loose toilet seat

How hard is it to tighten a loose/wobbly Toilet Seat? Or should I change my Toilet Seat because the fittings have come loose?? The answer to that question is not always. The question is, do you sure you need a new toilet seat? Can you fix the one you have? Please continue reading and for further information please ring us on 01482291992 or email with all your questions. Well maybe I should reframe the question to ‘’How to Stop the Toilet Seat from Shifting Sideways’’ or ‘’Loose toilet - how to fix a rocking toilet bowl or seat’’ or ‘’Adjusting a Loose Toilet Seat’’ no matter how you frame the question it is the same solution (Fix).


What Causes a Wobbly Toilet Seat/Loose Toilet Seat?

A loose toilet seat is a common problem caused by the constant opening, closing, and sitting the Toilet which eventually loosens the bolts securing the seat to the Toilet Pan. Household detergents which contain bleach can also cause this as they damaged the Hinges by making them rusty and then break off. I know you are thinking what the Hell do I use in Cleaning the Toilet if not bleach?? Is ok to clean the ceramic with bleach but you only need warm soapy water for the Hinges and seat itself. Finally Slamming of the Toilet seat can also cause a wobbly seat.

Sitting down to do your business in the bathroom, you don’t usually expect your toilet seat to be loose and rock back and forth. Fortunately, a rocking toilet seat isn’t going to cause you much personal harm but it is embarrassing. A loose, wobbly toilet seat is still something you should fix since it can eventually damage your Toilet Pan and cause you more financially.

About 85% of us haven’t ever removed a loose toilet before or even have a clue how it’s done. So, fixing a rocking toilet by say, replacing or repairing a broken toilet may seem daunting.


Fixing a Wobbly or Adjusting a Rocking Toilet Seat

If the toilet seat in your house wiggles around so much it qualifies for a thrill ride then below is how to tighten it;

  • Top Fixing Toilets with Blind Hole Fittings/ How do you tighten a toilet seat with no access to the underside

With most traditional seats when they become loose, you just tighten it with the bolts underneath the seat. But with this one however the toilet / ceramic is sealed with no access to the underside. Please do not take the Toilet Pan off the Wall.

Lift your toilet seat up and you will find that there are covers on the seat fixing that need to be removed before you can see the fixing bolts. These covers may fit over the whole seat fixing so they're not obvious. All Top Mounting seats are fixed from above by an expansion plastic insert in the WC pan and these are always the culprit. You can either buy them on their own or you can buy a new hinge kit altogether, you can buy  blind hole fixing screw or Plastic Expansion Inserts here   or  the complete hinge kit here please do not try tightening this as it will not work and you will end up damaging the Pan once they become loose they need changing. Ring us on 01482291992 if you cannot find your type of spare in the link provided and we will be happy to help or better still send us an email

How do you tighten a toilet seat with access to the underside

Secure the new toilet seat in place with bolts (Image 3), and close the lid. Find the screws and pry up the cover. The back of your toilet seat is usually connected to the toilet with two long screws that run through the porcelain at the back of the bowl. You can buy new wing nuts from your local DIY shop and use this to tighten them securely