How To Fix A Wobbly Toilet Seat

Toilet seats go through A LOT of wear and tear in their lifespan. They are sat on by numerous individuals every single day, they are opened and closed regularly; it takes a toll on the seat and the hinges. Eventually, you reach a point where the toilet seat is very wobbly. 

This might not seem like a major problem, but it can be very annoying. Sometimes, you even slip slightly when going to sit down because the seat slides to the side too much. Ultimately, you need to fix this issue before the worst happens; the seat comes completely off. 

You’ll be pleased to know that even the biggest DIY amateurs can fix a wobbly toilet seat with ease. Here’s what you need to do: 

Locate the bolts

Every toilet seat is secure in place by a set of bolts. Close the lid and look behind the seat – this is where you should find them. They might be covered by something, in which case you can gently remove the covers to see the bolts themselves. This might require the use of a screwdriver, but some toilet seats have really easy covers that you can just screw off or flick open with your hands. 

Tighten the bolt

Next, you get your screwdriver and use it to tighten the bolts. Ensure you tighten them evenly on both sides so the seat sits in the right place and isn’t skewed off to one side. 

Ideally, this solves the problem and everything is fixed. However, there is a chance the bolt won’t screw back into place and just keeps going around and around. If that’s the case, you might need to replace either the bolt or the nut below it. Remove the bolt and nut and then head to a site like to find a replacement. Once it is ordered and delivered, you can screw the bolt in place and your seat should be fine. 

Tighten the nut

Similarly, it can help to tighten the nut below your toilet seat. Most of the time, this is exposed. The whole purpose of the nut is to secure the bolt in place. Over time, it can wear down and become useless, which might be why your seat is loose. As mentioned above, replacing the nut could be necessary. 

But, if it is fine and the bolt seems to be screwed into place, you can also tighten the nut for added security. Use a little wrench to do this; it won’t be difficult. 

From here, you simply revert back to step one and do it in reverse. Put any safety coverings back on, and the job is finished. Be sure to stand back and look at the seat to double-check that it is secured in the right place. You don’t want it leaning off to the side, or your toilet will look a bit stupid. Open and close it to be certain it still works properly, and you should be absolutely fine. 

Some people believe they need a new toilet seat when theirs gets wobbly, but this isn’t true at all. Most of the time, it’s a simple case of tightening some nuts and bolts.

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