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7 Efficient Ideas to Put Your Toilet Paper Holder

By Sophia W. Martin
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I shifted to my new home and messed up with lots of things, and the toilet paper holder is one of them!

It was quite a hassle, indeed! to find the right placement for the damn holder, but finally, I found it. The confusion was to choose from many options, from wall-mounted racks to freestanding options.

And so, in this following blog, I’m going to walk you through a whole new world of toilet paper holder basics and the way to put it.

Let’s start from the beginning and finish the job right.

Key Takeaways:
Put your toilet paper holder where it’s easy to access and complete your bathroom décor. In this case, considering a few things like installation, space, individual preference, and type can help to keep it under your control.
You can put it adjacent to the toilet, behind the toilet, under the sink, near the vanity, and adjacent to the bathtub or shower.
There are various toilet paper holder options available, like wall-mounted, freestanding, and a few others. For a small bathroom, consider a compact design.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Location

First of all, you need to consider proper height & accessibility features –

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Location
New Place for the Toilet Paper Holder

First of all, you need to consider proper height & accessibility features –

  • Ensure the holder is easily reachable from the toilet seat without stretching.
  • Place the holder at a height that meets the needs of all users for easy access. 
  • The ADA requirement is 19 to 36 inches of mounting height from the floor for people with disabilities. 
  • For residential bathrooms, 26 inches is the most comfortable height, according to NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association).
  • Keep it at a comfortable distance of 8 to 12 inches from the toilet.

Go for a perfect spot for the holder that is reachable for everyone –

  • Choose a convenient spot for everyone, including children and older people.
  • Place it within easy reach of the toilet seat for all ages. 
  • If space is limited, opt for a compact holder or consider alternative mounting options.

Assess the installation procedure for better usage – 

  • Consider using the wall or mounting hardware for secure installation.
  • Walls provide better support than other fixtures.

You can add some aesthetic design to it too –

  • Match the holder’s design with your bathroom’s style for a cohesive look.
  • Choose a finish that complements other elements of your bathroom.

7 Popular Locations for Toilet Paper Holders

Now, let’s take a look below for some popular, practical, and convenient locations you can use to put your toilet paper holder:

Adjacent to the Toilet

Adjacent to the Toilet
Adjacent to the Toilet

To avoid hassle, installing a toilet paper holder within arm’s reach is the easiest and most popular way. You can either place it on the left or right side of the toilet based on your preference and use.

For those who love a bit of organization, a dedicated shelf is the way to go. Just keep a small shelf next to your toilet seat.

Behind the Toilet

Behind the Toilet
Behind the Toilet

Another popular location is to keep your toilet paper holder behind the toilet. It’s basically for keeping the toilet paper within your reach but out of sight. I prefer this option because it gives my bathroom a neat appearance.

Alternatively, you can consider an over-the-tank organizer. It’s like a DIY freestanding unit and lets you put it together with ease.

Under the Sink

Under the Sink
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If you need a more discreet option, then try to place the toilet paper holder under the sink. It’s a great way to place toilet paper holders in a limited space, and you can access them easily too.

Using the Vanity

Near the Vanity
Near the Vanity

Do you have a vanity in your bathroom? Then make it a convenient option for placing toilet paper holders on the vanity.

The holder can be mounted on the side of the vanity. Plus, it’s a great way to install the holder, if there’s no wall space available.

Alternatively, you can place the holder inside the vanity. That way, it’ll be out of your view and will give a neat outlook of your bathroom.

Discreet Storage Basket

Now, if you’re all about that minimalist vibe, a discreet storage basket is the answer. Toss your rolls in there, and voilà—instant chic.You can put it anywhere in the bathroom as you like. Plus, you can store a few extra rolls to avoid the one roll that is going to run out by other users.

Adjacent to the Shower or Bathtub
Adjacent to the Shower or Bathtub

Wall-Mounted Racks

It’s a popular choice that comes with a space-saving design. And all you need to do is install the racks for toilet paper directly on the wall.

Wall-Mounted Options
Wall-Mounted Options

Before you make up your mind, let’s find some available wall-mounted options.:

  • Standard Wall-Mounted Holder: This holder defines simplicity. It has a horizontal rod. And all you have to do is attach this holder to the wall using screws or brackets. Such an option makes it easy to use paper. Moreover, it allows them to keep both double and standard rolls.
  • Recessed Wall-Mounted Holder: It’s a directly installed option into the wall that offers a discreet and clean look. To install the holder, you need to create a wall cave with the help of a professional.
  • Vertical Wall-Mounted Holder: This holder comes with a vertical bar or rod that can be attached to the wall. It’s for hanging the holder vertically and letting the user access the paper with ease. It’ll add a modern, stylish, and unique touch to your bathroom.
  • Multiple Roll Holder: Need extra toilet paper in your holder? Then this option is for you because it has an extra toilet paper rolling option that can be set vertically or horizontally. So, you never run out of toilet paper.

For additional aesthetic looks, you can arrange plants on different shelves of the wall-mounted holder.

Freestanding Holders

It’s a portable and versatile option. That is if you don’t want to mount the holder on the wall.

It’s easy to place it anywhere you want. And the best part is, you can have a few options available under this category to choose from. 

Should a Toilet Paper Holder Be on the Left or Right
Toilet Paper Holder
  • Traditional Floor Stand: This classic holder has a sturdy base and a vertical rod, offering a simple and functional design that blends well with any bathroom style.
  • Freestanding Cabinet Holder: It’s Ideal if you need extra storage. It includes a storage compartment for additional toilet paper and other essentials, thus maintaining a clutter-free bathroom.
  • Decorative Stand: These elegant, decorative stands are available in a range of designs, shapes, accents, and colors, allowing a stylish touch to your bathroom.
  • Pedestal Holder: With a modern and sleek appeal, it features an adjustable base and a minimalist design, providing stability with its simple vertical rod.

Tips for Installing a Toilet Paper Holder Efficiently

By now, you have an idea of how to maximize space when using toilet paper holders. Well, here are some additional tips to smooth your installation journey: 

  • If you’re dealing with the plasterboard, then get a stud support and bolt into it.
  • Use a drill bit that is specially designed for ceramic if you want to install the holder onto tiles.
  • To prevent cracking, use tape. Cover the area with it.
  • Don’t have a stud? Then use a wall plug and hammer it. Do it before adding screws.
  • Make sure you are using the kit that comes with the holder set.
  • Avoid installing the holder with smaller screws and bolts.

Final Thoughts

A small bathroom is not a wonder anymore if you know where to put toilet paper holders and the exact method of installation.

Hopefully, by following this guideline, you will have the best placement idea for your toilet paper holder.

So, where will you choose to put your toilet paper holder?

The decision is yours., Just follow the ideas and recommendations and you will be all good to find the ideal spot that combines functionality and flair.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do you store toilet paper in the bathroom?

In different parts of the bathroom, you can store your toilet paper. It can be freestanding shelves, baskets, bins, wall-mounted shelves, vertical toilet roll holders, or over-the-door racks.

Should toilet paper go in the toilet or bin?

All the garbage should go in the bin because there is a process to remove toilet paper from waste. But in the case of toilet paper, you can flush down toilet paper with human waste.

Can you put a toilet paper holder on the vanity?

Yes, you can easily put toilet paper holders on the vanity. In fact, it is a great option if you don’t have space to install the toilet paper holder near the toilet seat.

Where to put the toilet paper holder on the vanity?

A vanity is the best option for a compact-sized bathroom to place a toilet paper holder on. You can put it under the vanity, on the side of the vanity, or on the back of the vanity door.

How Much Does a Toilet Paper Holder Cost?

If you go for the cheap option, then it will be around $3 to $6. But going for the perfect matching option with your bathroom style might cost up to $30.

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