Handicap Toilet Seats: How to Install
Handicap Toilet Seats: How to Install 
Learn how to install one of 3 types of handicap toilet seats for those who are disabled or for those who suffer from joint problems and other common mobility issues.



















Handicap toilet seats are not just for use by those with disabilities, although a wheelchair accessible bathroom should generally always provide a handicap toilet accessory. Anyone who suffers from a mobility issue or has joint problems could benefit from the use of a special toilet mobility aid.  

What is a handicap toilet seat? 

This type of bathroom accessory for the disabled is often referred to as a raised toilet seat. It is a commode seat that snaps or locks into place on the already existing toilet. There are also toilet lift seats, but these are generally motorized. A toilet bidet system is an additional product that is often helpful to the disabled. There are various bidet options such as a hand held bidet, rim bidets, toilet bidet combosportable bidets and bidet toilet seats.

Who produces toilet seats for the disabled?

The majority of toilet manufacturers produce these specialized seats, along with their general product line. These seats can be found at home improvement stores, as well as local hardware stores, big box retailers, and online. Generally, installing a new seat for the toilet is a DIY project that can be done in very little time, even by those who have never done a DIY project. 

There are three main types of handicap toilet seats: 

  • Bubble-style seats
  • Adjustable-height, elevated seats

Tools needed to install all three types:

  • Handicap toilet seat
  • Wrench set in both standard and metric
  • Screwdriver set that includes both flathead and Phillips head 

Installing both the bubble-style toilet seat and the adjustable-height elevated seat can be done in as few as three steps. Installing the raised seat with adjustment knobs involves slightly more work. 

How to install a bubble-style handicapped toilet seat:

1. Raise the existing toilet cover and seat. 

2. Line the bubble-style seat, ensuring the tall end of the seat is in the back of the toilet bowl. The ring should sit over the opening of the toilet. 

3. Press down on the accessory until it locks into place. 

Note: Most of these styles simply snap into place as instructed. However, there are a few models that require the installation of brackets. 

How to install an adjustable-height toilet seat: 

1. Raise the existing toilet cover and seat. 

2. Level all the height-adjustment clamps so they are all at the same height settings. 

3. Place the adjustable-height seat on the toilet bowl. After ensuring the clamps are aligned, use the wrenches and tighten the bolts in the clamps. 

How to install a raised handicap commode seat with adjustment knobs:

1. Raise the existing toilet cover and seat.

2. Adjust the knob on the new commode seat by turning it counterclockwise. 

3. Place the insert ring of the seat in the opening of the toilet near the rim. Place the rear flange beneath the back of the toilet bowl. The new raised handicap toilet seat should rest flat against the bowl. The adjustment knob should be facing the front of the toilet bowl.

4. Center and adjust the new seat. 

5. To tighten handicap toilet seats when installing, simply use your fingers, not a wrench, and turn the adjustment knobs until they are tight, then turn an additional quarter-inch. 






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