Take the Bang! Out of the Bathroom

There is no other sound quite like it. No matter where you may be in the house, the harsh BANG! of a toilet seat slamming down on the toilet bowl will inevitably make you jump out of your skin. If you have kids, that jump is followed by a pregnant pause and a quick prayer that no fingers (or anything else, for that matter) were caught in between. Since potty training is difficult enough, removing this potential hazard is well worth the effort. Luckily, the solution is almost effortless.

I learned about soft-close toilet seats when I was building my house four years ago and was immediately sold. The seat and lid close smoothly and come to rest with the gentlest 'click' you can imagine. No more teeth-rattling slams and no possibility of a pinched appendage. It may very well be the best $60 I ever spent (and they are even less expensive now). The only downside is it's easy to forget yourself when you use a traditional toilet seat at a friend's house. BANG! Oops--sorry.

Replacing a toilet seat is simple, usually requiring nothing more than a screwdriver and ten minutes of your time. There are many soft-close seats out there so finding one to fit your toilet should be no problem. Most of the major plumbing fixture manufacturers carry them, including Toto, American Standard and Kohler.

(Image by Toto)