The best seat in the house?
On our site you will see several hundred choices from the world’s leading brands such as Roper, Twyford, Heritage and many more – not just soft close but conventional seats as well, in a variety of colours, styles, materials and finishes. We are sure you can find just the right product for your WC. If many people in the developed world take the humble toilet for granted, perhaps even more folks undervalue the toilet seat. Most people think of it merely as a surface on which to perch to take care of their private business. On occasion it may be the focal point of petty bickering between wives and husbands over matters such as hubby’s poor sense of direction or his propensity to leave the seat in a position not to the wife’s liking, but other than that it gets scant attention.
Maybe it’s because we’re in the bathroom supplies business, but at QS Supplies we think that the unassuming toilet seat deserves a lot more respect than it normally receives. After all, where would we be without it? At the very least there would be considerably less magazine reading, or email checking on one’s mobile, whilst attending to necessary business. One would be too busy perching precariously on the hard, cold rim.
In any case we’ve come a long way from the communal latrines, crude limestone or wicker seats, and chamber pots of centuries past. Though the flushing toilet was a Tudor invention, the hinged toilet seat didn’t come along until Victorian times (yes, the famous Mr. Thomas Crapper and company had something to do with it). Today’s toilet seats come in a dizzying array of shapes, styles, colours, patterns and finishes, and some seats even offer luxury features such as heating and blow-drying. Accordingly shopping for a seat is not really as simple as it might seem at first glance.
More than just a functional fixture
From a purely technical standpoint, the most rudimentary toilet seat can probably serve your needs adequately – for a while, anyway. But a cheap or poorly made seat may not last and will need to be replaced sooner or later. It’s better to spend the time and perhaps a little extra money as well to choose one that isn’t merely adequate for the short term, but will last for a good long time.
Toilet seats come in many different materials, some more durable than others. The higher end wooden seats, for example, are both more durable and more comfortable than many of the lower end plastic seats. Of course the durability depends upon the quality of the wood and the coating process. By the way, there are a couple of different types of wooden toilet seats: MDF (medium density fibreboard), which is moulded and compressed; and natural or solid wood seats. The latter still have a large role in the UK market.
That said, durability isn’t the only consideration, for a toilet seat is more than just a functional item. It is also a statement of style. Indeed, you can give your bathroom a mini-makeover simply by choosing a designer seat with a unique shape or a stunning finish. As with anything else, however, make sure your choice is congruent with the rest of the bathroom. For instance, the aforementioned wooden seat may lend a more traditional or classic look to your bathroom, which, if it fits your general décor, is another good reason to choose wood.
We are finding that more of our customers are choosing the soft close seats, which prevent that annoying noise that occurs when someone slams the seat down. These seats are generally also more comfortable and convenient than a standard toilet seat, making your “private time” all the more pleasant.
We can help you choose?
QS Supplies has hundreds of choices of all types. With such a myriad of choices, we are sure you will find the perfect product for your bathroom, depending upon its colour scheme, style, setting and of course your personal preferences and requirements.
Browse our pages, and if you’re having trouble making up your mind or you have a question about one of our toilet seats or other products, call and talk with one of our design team members at 0116 251 0051. Or if you prefer, you can get assistance online at any hour by contacting one of our Live Chat Operators.