Install rubber bushings
Photo 1: Slide on a rubber bushing
Install the rubber bushing with the tapered side facing up toward the toilet seat. Then use the tightening tool from the kit to snug up the nut.
Photo 1A: Close-up of bushing kit
Rubber bushings slide on the seat bolt and the supplied tool helps with tightening.
Forum reader “tank_military” asked for advice on keeping a toilet seat tight for more than a few months at a time. Another forum member advised that he change out the plastic toilet seat bolts to steel. We think that’s just a temporary fix too.
Here’s a more permanent fix. Buy a toilet seat tightening kit (about $3) from a home center or through our affiliation with amazon.com. Remove the toilet seat nuts and insert the rubber bushings (Photo 1).
Install seat stabilizers
Photo 2: Locate and install the stabilizers
Loop the rubber band around the toilet seat and center the stabilizers so they touch the inside rim of the bowl. Drill a starter hole and secure the stabilizers with screws from the kit.
Photo 2A: Close-up of seat stabilizers
Plastic stabilizers keep the seat centered on the toilet.
Then install a set of toilet seat stabilizers (Photo 2), such as Safe-T-Bumpers ($4 at amazon.com). That’ll eliminate loosening caused by side-to-side movement.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Drill bit set
- Drill/driver - cordless
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- Toilet seat stabilizer kit
- Toilet seat tightening kit