These 12 fuzzy toilet covers from the 70s were super retro bathroom decor

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If a “shag carpet toilet lid cover with matching tank cover” sounds like the answer to a question nobody asked, that didn’t seem to matter much to our counterparts in the ’70s.

These fuzzy bathroom accessories were incredibly popular for many years, despite having little purpose other than to enhance the natural beauty of the loo. Many times, they weren’t even practical — for instance, having that much extra thickness often meant the lid wouldn’t even stay up when needed.

Carpet toilet seat covers and bathroom accessories
Carpet toilet seat covers and bathroom accessories from Sears around 1970 – so many colors!

And then there’s the issue of hygiene. How do you keep such things clean in a room that’s all about water and bodily fluids?

While almost all of these carpet toilet covers were billed as being machine washable, almost everyone I talked to in the here and now agreed that there’s not enough detergent and hot water in the world to manage all the nasty stuff that would quickly inhabit these colorful home goods.

But let’s put all that aside for now, and take a few moments to bask in the aesthetic glory of these plushy, shaggy bathroom adornments.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, we present our top 10 fuzzy toilet cover countdown! (Want to know where you can buy some new ones today? See the end of this article!)

10. Chocolate brown fuzzy toilet covers

The “sculptured” effect on this fuzzy toilet cover doesn’t help anything, and the color — actually called “Chocolate” — well, at least you can say that some stains won’t show up on brown. It’s particularly lovely coupled with the beige/tan toilet.

Chocolate brown fuzzy toilet covers

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9. Astroturf green toilet covers

What’s the benefit to having it look like you’re growing a lawn in your bathroom?

Astroturf green toilet covers

8. Sunny yellow bathroom ensemble

If you don’t think you’ll get around to washing your plush bathroom accessories very often, going with a bright yellow color may be your best bet. Just don’t invite us over.

Sunny yellow bathroom ensemble

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7. Butterfly style fuzzy toilet covers

This butterfly bathroom ensemble comes in six color schemes, and the shell tone featured in the large photo is probably the least obnoxious of them all.

The pile is made of “luxurious 100% nylon,” with graceful butterflies over-tufted on pile. (Side note: It seems like the butterfly on the toilet lid cover faces the wrong way.)

Butterfly style fuzzy toilet covers

6. Twisted shag toilet cover for really retro bathroom decor

We call this two-tone color scheme “popcorn.” The name doesn’t help us think of this shag carpet decor any more favorably.

Twisted shag toilet cover for the tackiest retro bathroom decor

5. Tufted pink flowers on fuzzy toilet covers

This set of bathroom decor accessories features aggressively large flowers thickly “over-tufted on pile.”

Of all the colors — blue sea, mocha brown, moss green, sun orange, sunlight and dusty rose (shown here) — it seems like the pink would mostly be found in a girls’ bathroom, or the powder room of an older woman.

Tufted pink flowers on fuzzy toilet covers

4. Cookie Monster, RIP

Dear departed Cookie Monster of Sesame Street gave his blue coat for this multi-part bathroom decor — which includes covers for the toilet paper, tissues, trash can and even the scale. (The rug in front of the toilet even looks like flattened monster feet!)

But what really gives this set a place on this list is the fact that the actual toilet seat has a fuzzy cover. We’re sure it’s just great for catching drips and dribbles!

Cookie Monster, RIP

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3. A blue pelt for your bathroom?

As if killing Cookie Monster weren’t enough, these bathroom rugs and toilet covers look like some long-haired blue animals gave up their fur to fuzzify this bathroom.

The pile on these babies was a far-out 3-1/2 inches deep, and had to be line-dried.

A blue pelt for your bathroom?

2. Silly shag in bright pink for the vintage bathroom of the ’70s

This bubblegum-pink shag carpet (1-3/4 inches deep) used for the bathroom rug, tank cover and toilet lid cover make it almost look like they’re made of silly string.

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Silly shag in bright pink for the vintage bathroom of the '70s

1. The worst of the fuzzy toilet covers: Foxy!

Picking the worst version of this kind of home decor was tough with such a crowded field! But in the end, we have to give the top prize to this “wild and wonderful” set featuring faux fox fur. Shown here is black fox, but if your bathroom needed a different shade, you could also get it in cross fox, red fox and silver fox colors.

This weighty 2-1/4 inch-high pile of modacrylic and acrylic from 1973 could have only been more ’70s if it had been tie-dyed.

The worst of the fuzzy toilet covers: Foxy!

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(Dis)Honorable mentions in the tacky toilet seat cover category

Dis-Honorable mentions in the tacky toilet seat cover category

I saw the sign

The first two of these toilet covers — PIT STOP and EXIT — are a little too on the mark. The OFF LIMITS fuzzy cover seems like it’s sending the wrong message to people who really need to go. Finally, WOW! How do you explain that one to visitors? (And regarding the photo inset on the bottom right: Why would any kid want to hang toilet lid covers on their bedroom wall?!)

Vintage 70s worst fuzzy toilet seat covers 1979 - Honorable mention

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9 Responses

  1. Doesn’t anyone nowadays sit on their toilet(with lid down) to dry their feet after a bath or shower? Those fuzzy covers are more comfortable than the hard plastic.

  2. Who decided covers for the toilet top were tacky and out of style? Now they’re not even available to buy because some bathroom toilet designer decided they were no longer fashionable. Very annoying. One should be able to decorate their home with whatever they styles and designs they choose and not what a toilet decorator thinks should be in my bathroom!

    1. Hi! At the end of the article, I linked to several similar products you can get now from Amazon. (The main feature is about products from the ’70s.) Thanks for visiting!

  3. Toilet covers were as gross as wall-to-wall carpeting in a bathroom. A neighbor friend’s parents had both toilet covers and carpeting in their bathroom as well as their kitchen in the 70s. I cringe at the germs, mold and mildew that imbibed these bathroom textiles. Apart from towels and washcloths, the only other cloth I use in mine is a washable bath mat that does not have a rubber backing (you know how those crumbled apart in the dryer).

  4. Fuzzy toilet seat covers are still popular — they’re nice to sit on on a cold morning! Toilet tank covers, however, are another matter. Growing up in the 70s, we had a tank cover, and it never stayed on properly. Yet we always had the seat covers. As for bathroom carpet, I can attest from personal experience that it’s a bad idea…

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