Ideas for choosing the right toilet paper holders for your unique style
Paying attention to the small details in your home decor can have a significant impact on the overall feel of any space. In a bathroom, toilet paper holders are often a utilitarian design. Choosing a toilet paper holder that matches the design type and finishes of the space can make a difference. If you are looking for a contemporary or modern look for your toilet paper dispenser, look for clean lines, sleek chrome, and little to no ornamentation. For a more traditional home, a toilet paper stand will have an elegant design with curls, fluting, and classical details. For a home that is transitional or contemporary, there will be refined details and understated design elements.
How to choose between pedestal, counter and wall mount toilet paper holders
If you have a smaller bathroom, space saving is the name of the game when it comes to good design; a recessed toilet paper holder is a great way to incorporate style and minimize clutter. If your bathroom is larger, you can embrace the size with a toilet paper holder stand, make sure that you have floor space within arms reach of the toilet, for easy access. If your bathroom has a small footprint, with the counter placed close to the toilet, consider a countertop toilet paper holder.
How to install toilet paper holders
To install toilet paper holders, measure 26 inches above your finished floor and 10 -12 inches forward of the front of the toilet, this is the ideal placement for a wall mounted toilet paper holder. Use this measurement for the center line of the holder and measure off of it for the appropriate screw placement or recessed panel for the paper holder. Check your measurements, testing them out for the easy reach from the toilet. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on mounting your toilet paper holder appropriately, and finally install a roll of toilet paper.
A: A toilet paper holder should be mounted on the wall 26 inches above the finished floor of a bathroom, measuring from the center of the toilet paper holder to the floor. You will also want to pay close attention to how far from the toilet you would like the holder to be installed. A good rule of thumb is placing it 10-12 inches forward of the toilet bowl.
Q: How can I install toilet paper holders without screwing or nailing?
A: If you have tiled walls or drywall you do not want to screw into, consider a toilet paper pedestal. There are many designs to fit any style of home, and you can easily match the finish of the pedestal to the finish of your plumbing fixture. Plus, if the spring loaded roll holder isn’t for you, many pedestals feature a hook or bar for holding the toilet paper, which makes for easy replacement.
Q: Where should toilet paper holders be placed or installed?
A: A toilet paper holder is best installed near the toilet and placed at a height and distance from the toilet that makes it easy for users to reach. For most toilet paper holders, the rule of thumb is installing it at 26 inches on center above the finished floor and about 10-12 inches forward of the toilet bowl.
Q: What direction should toilet paper be hung on a toilet paper holder?
A: The over versus under debate is a hot topic in many households. Recently, the over crowd got a leg up in the discussion when the original 1891 patent by Seth Wheeler shows multiple diagrams with the paper going up and over the roll. However, that was over a century ago, and for those that prefer under, progress comes with time, so maybe that change is a sign of the times. Either way, find what works for your home.
Q: Is a toilet paper dispenser different than a toilet paper holder?
A: Generally speaking a dispenser and a holder are relatively the same thing. However, a dispenser is more likely be attributed to a commercial toilet paper holder or one that can hold multiple rolls at a time. Many freestanding toilet paper pedestals have a place for reserve rolls, but that doesn’t quite dispense the rolls like a commercial one would.
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