Raised toilet and potty seat buying guide

Raised toilet and potty seat buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Your toilet seat can be fitted with a range of accessories designed to enhance user comfort. Potty seats are used for toilet training children while raised seats offer a helping hand to elderly people or those with reduced mobility. Follow our guide to find the right seat accessory for your toilet.

Important features

  • Stability
  • Height
  • Material
  • Comfort
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Raised toilet seat features

Designed to increase the height of standard toilets, raised seats are particularly useful for elderly people or those with reduced mobility. They help to provide easier access to the toilet and increase user comfort. In turn, this offers greater independence and safety when using the toilet.


In order to ensure user safety, go for a model fitted with mounting brackets.


The two main materials used to make raised toilet seats are polyester and polypropylene. These are lightweight and smooth materials that allow for efficient disinfecting for optimal hygiene.


For a cosier seat, choose a model fitted with soft and comfortable padding.


Some raised toilet seats are height-adjustable to adapt to the needs of the user.

Potty seat features

Potty seats are used to reduce the diameter of the toilet seat to help young children to feel safe on the toilet and aid them in their toilet training. In turn, this helps them to be more independent.
In order to ensure user comfort, your potty seat should feature certain characteristics:

  • Stability, by means of a system designed to clip or fix the accessory to the toilet pan;
  • Ergonomic design, e.g. the use of handles;
  • Comfort, e.g. a model with soft and flexible padding;
  • Easy maintenance, smooth surface to avoid bacteria build-up;
  • Accessories, some models can feature a frame with steps to help children use the toilet unaided.
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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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