Where to get a toilet seat to match my vintage toilet?

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Where can you find the perfect pink, peach, blue, sunset tan, mint green or harvest gold toilet seat for your vintage toilet? We have three basic answers to this common question about updating your 40s 50s 60s or 70s bathroom – including a new-found source. A typical plea:

Hello,

I am new to your site, brought here because I am about to purchase a Las Vegas home built in 1970 (it will be the first house I’ve lived in that is younger than me).  The bathrooms have unusually shaped toilets, in a sort of peachy color.  Anyway, the toilet seats on them are an attempt to match the color, but not a good one, and the size/shape is obviously wrong too.  I am wondering if there are sources to buy seats that matching color and shape for what I assume is original.  I’d love to have them to put right away when we move in.

Thanks, Tami

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Comments

  1. retropink57 says

    Thanks, Pam! Heaven sums it up perfectly! I swear, all I need is one of those and I’d have a permanent “happy pill”. Feeling blue? Stressed out? Under the weather? Go look at the pink toilet seat!

    Speaking of pink fake marble, I contacted Wilsonart for a sample of the Tearose Illusion laminate and they said it was discontinued…sigh.

  2. Terri says

    We’ve got a 1948 rambling ranch…with a 1969 “remodeled” bath. Look at the name on the toilet. We have the modern “vent-a-way”. After much websearching, we located a plain white seat and it was about $160. We have 3 brands of toilets in our house and 3 different plumbing supply companies for replacement parts! Good luck!

  3. Tikimama says

    Well, I don’t think you’ve lost it (completely) if you like the novelty seats! Just look at my flickr.com (username Tiki Lisa) photos and you’ll see the dolphin seat I installed in our blue bathroom to replace the grotty old oak one that I couldn’t stand.

  4. sablemable says

    I just located my vintage magazine,Home Guide New Homes Edition 1957, that has ads from Crane, Richmond, Kohler, etc. All the original fixtures put in the ranch homes here were Richmond, and that’s what we have (Bermuda Coral in one, New Yellow in the other)!
    Anyway, I will scan the Richmond ad and send it to Pam, as it was the only one that actually listed the colors in their line and showed each color and its name. .

  5. St. Christopher says

    Hey, just my two cents…I got my blue seat (that matches my blue American Standard) at my local True Value Hardware. Yup, the local hardware store (not the big box store), who’d-a-thunk-it?

    • Pam Kueber says

      Thanks, St. Christopher. From my research it’s a wild and wacky world of toilet seats out there – so yes, look locally first for sure!

    • Pam Kueber says

      Cyndi, be sure to check our Paint colors – on the Fast & Easy paint page or box.There is a “Radiant Lilac” in the Sherwin-Williams interior palette that seems like it could be good for you.

    • Clifford Virgin says

      Wayne – did you ever fine a toilet seat for your 1929 american standard?
      i’m looking for one for an american standard purimo

      let me know

      • KDuong says

        Clifford, were you able to find a seat for the Purimo? I have one and have been search for three months. Mine is in a yellow-peach color too, sigh…

    • says

      We are looking for two American Standard toilet seats: 1929, we think

      Savoy – orchid – elongated

      Monaco – burgundy – round

      Did you find yours yet?

  6. gibeaa says

    Where can I get a tank mountable 7″ on center blue toilet seat? I have only had success with finding a white one.

  7. pam says

    I just want to order a toilet seat and everytime I click on a link it takes me to another page. Can’t I order anything on this site???

    • pam kueber says

      No, Pam — this is not a selling site. The links in this story point you to the different posts (stories) that I have done about where to find toilet seats. Those stories then have the links to the selling sites.

  8. says

    Hi all!

    A couple points of Interest.

    Bemis Manufacturing Company make toilet seats with the brand names: Bemis, Church, Mayfair, Olsonite, and Westport.

    Bemis also makes some toilet seats for other companies, such as our neighbor Kohler and American Standard.

    Locke Plumbing’s link above is just showing a small set of Bemis’ color seats.

    Bemis’ Color Direct program will have every color that we currently make, so it’s your best chance to find that solid color you’re looking for. The “Kit” includes color chips with the Bemis color number and the different manufacturers that color is known to be associated with.

    We’re working hard on updating all of Bemis’ website to make finding a color toilet seat, or any toilet seat, a lot easier.

    There’s really a lot more out there than many people realize and it can be daunting to find the right one, sometimes. And color matching is never an easy task!

  9. susie says

    My name is Susie. I have a beautiful pink bathroom. Everything is pink! My problem is the toilet. It’s a pink American Standard Church elongated wideback seat. This means the bolts that hold the seat on the bowl are 10 1/2″ apart. The seat is broken. I can’t find anything to fit. All the seats I find are about 6″. I’m not sure what to do or where to go. If anyone has any ideas, please help. I would like to keep my bathroom as original as possible.

  10. celeste says

    We are refurbishing a 1960’s house which has a different color Case toilet in each of the 4 bathrooms. The bolts that hold the toilet seats are 7 inches apart. We need to be replace seats in green, peach and gray. I found a white one on the Locke Plumbing website, but the colored seats have 5 inch bolts. Does anybody know where I can find toilet seats with 7 inch bolts to fit a Case toilet in green, peach and gray?

  11. maureen says

    Cheap alternatuve—-I have the original 1960 sea foam green bathroom but of course the original toilet set is long gone. the other day getting ready for a party, I ran across the color “Catalina Mist” in a spray can of Krylon paint at Ace Hardware. I spray painted my toilet seat; it matched exactly!!!!!

  12. jeff fritze says

    Please help..I have a universal-rundle toilet #4019 (Delano) I am in need of a white or black seat toilet with cover…This cover with seat was made just for this model toilet…..Any ideas/…thanks jeff

  13. Ellen says

    i have a vintage case cranberry red (?) toilet that was installed in my ancient house during the last remodel in the mid 1950s. I’ve redone every room execpt i haven’t gotten to the bathroom yet. The original toilet seat (yes, it has to be original becuase it matches the toilet exactly) just had a screw in the hinge break. I’m trying to find a replacement seat – can you help?

  14. Barbara McAdams says

    I have a 1960 house with CASE elongated 4100 toilet seat that needs to be replaced….it’s a pinkish/peachy color. Can anyone help? The bolts are horizontal and go into the tank rather than vertical, going into bowl rim. If I could even find the right model, I would try to get it professionally painted.

  15. Sally says

    We did find a round shaped burgundy toilet seat – Bemis…..but
    ordered it from Home Depot online. Free shipping to your home
    also returns can be made directly to your local Home Depot to avoid
    return shipping charges. This allowed us to order two different
    shades – one was just right and we returned the other one! Still
    looking for the orchid one…..we ordered two shades of orchid and neither of them were the right shade for the 1929 American Standard elongated toilet seat we need. Bemis makes good quality products!

  16. Gayle Shepherd says

    Pam , Could you tell me if I can find replacement hinges for my pink toliet seat? One of them broke. It is plastic and to buy a brand new seat again is expensive. This is the second one I bought and the same thing happens. It sure would be nice to get a hinge and fix it. The seat is in good shape. Thanks Gayle S.

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