ADA guidelines recommend that toilets be 17-19 inches high, measured to the top of the seat. Many new toilets -- like this one from Toto -- fit these standards, but there are a few ways to adjust the height of your toilet without replacing it.
Thicker toilet seats are the easiest and least expensive option for adding height to the toilet. With a higher toilet seat you can comfortably lower yourself, stand, or transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet.
If you don't like the look of a thick toilet seat, and don't want to replace the entire toilet, you can purchase a platform installed below the toilet that raises it several inches. Great Ideas, Inc., sells both styles of products in its Solution ComfortSeat line.
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