How to Stop a Toilet Seat From Wiggling

Updated November 21, 2016

Whether your bathroom is a spacious, spa-like setting or a simple functional room, it should provide you the comfort needed for personal hygiene. During the years of daily use, the fixtures in your bathroom take a beating and may need a little maintenance to keep your comfort level intact. Most remarkable among the fixtures is the toilet. Toilet seats loosen and begin to wiggle after years of being lifted and replaced, compromising your ability to sit with comfort and security. Fortunately this problem has an easy fix that requires little more than a screwdriver.

Clean your toilet. Wipe down all the surfaces of the toilet and toilet seat with disinfectant, and allow it to dry. This will give you a clean surface to work on and will help you avoid spreading germs and bacteria to your tools.

Check the bottom of the seat. Toilet seats have small cushions that provide a buffer between the rim of the toilet and the seat itself. If one of these cushions is missing or broken, the seat can wiggle. If you find this to be the case, cushions are available for purchase at most hardware stores, and you can glue them into place.

Locate the hinges of the toilet seat. Stand facing your toilet, with the lid in the closed position. At the back of the lid near the toilet tank, you will find two small squares. These contain your hinges. Simply reach to the back of the boxes and pop these two cases open.

Tighten the screws. Using your screwdriver, slowly tighten the screws. Toilet seat screws are typically made from plastic and are easily stripped, so it is important that you work slowly. Make sure the screws are very tight. If you notice the screw turning but not tightening, reach underneath the rim and hold the nut in place. If the screws still do not tighten, they may already be stripped. Simply replace the screws with new ones from your hardware store.

Test the seat. Open the lid, and give it a test run. Shift your weight from side to side to see if any wiggling is still occurring. If you still feel wiggling, tighten the screws a bit more until the wiggle subsides.

Close the hinge covers. Replace the plastic hinge covers, and snap them in place. Be careful not to pinch your fingers.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement screws
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