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How High Should a Toilet Paper Holder Be? Materials & Types

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Remodeling a bathroom includes many large projects that take up a lot of time and effort. Once you improve those bigger aspects of your bathroom, all that is left is to enhance and add the details. While the details may seem like the least significant part, they can make quite a difference in how your bathroom looks. Placing a toilet paper holder that matches the style of your bathroom with a unique material or shape can be a game changer, and for that, you have to know its ideal location.

Placing a toilet paper holder 26 inches above the ground to its center is the ideal height. You will need a few other measurements to achieve an optimal distance from the toilet, so make sure to read the rest of our article.

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When it comes to the types of toilet paper holders, there is a wide choice you can choose from. There are toilet paper holders that stand on their own and usually have a clever design that can be funny or creative. These holders tend to be freestanding, right next to the toilet paper, and are not fixed; therefore don’t need to be installed. When installing a toilet paper holder, you can install a recessed toilet paper holder that will provide your bathroom with a sleek and subtle design. There are also toilet paper holders with a tiny shelf, providing a place for two toilet rolls.

Another part of the toilet paper holder design you get to choose from is the material. Usually, you will match the material with the interior design of the toilet. Materials can differ in cost, availability, and colors. Whichever material you choose, it would be best to go for a more subtle yet elegant style.

Toilet paper holders can be made of:
  • Brass
  • Polished brass
  • Brushed nickel
  • Bronze
  • Wood
  • Ceramic
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Are Toilet Paper Holders a Standard Size?

Toilet paper holders don’t come in a standard size. Instead, there are various sizes and styles you can choose from, allowing you to match the holder to the paper roll you most usually acquire. Depending on your household size, needs, and the amount of toilet paper spent daily, you may want to purchase a holder that matches the jumbo paper roll. Buying a holder with room for two or more paper rolls will also be wise if you live in a big household.

Ideal Height of the Toilet Paper Holder

When installing a holder, first do some measuring of your bathroom. To understand the ideal height for a toilet paper holder, it is best to first look at its position from the floor. The perfect height of the holder is 26 inches above the floor. To measure this length correctly, it is best to take the very center of the toilet paper holder and measure 26 inches from the center to the floor. This height is optimal for all types of toilets, and for most people that are using the toilet. The average height of most people is taken into account, as 26 inches from the floor will be the perfect height to reach easily.

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Ideal Distance of the Toilet Paper Holder

The second measurement you will need to take to achieve a perfect location of the toilet paper holder is its distance from the toilet. You should take this measurement from the front of the toilet bowl to the facing wall. This position will vary depending on the average height of the household members. If your household consists of taller people, place the holder 10 inches in front of the bowl. If your household is made up of mostly children and shorter people, install the holder 8–10 inches in front of the bowl, and if it’s made of taller people, you can place it 12 inches in front of the bowl. This distance can be compared to the arm’s length, from the toilet to the toilet paper holder, making that position ideal for most users.

How to Install a Toilet Paper Holder?

To have a long-lasting and durable toilet paper holder, it is necessary to install it firmly and securely. It must withstand daily use so proper installation is needed. Once you measure and find the ideal location, mark it and prepare all the power tools and materials that you’ll need for this home improvement project.

You will need:
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Level
  • Screws
  • Drill

After gathering all the tools and materials you’ll need, drill the holes in the marked places and screw in the hardware of the toilet paper holder. Once everything is set, all that is left is to attach the holder.

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If you follow the instructions in this article, you will achieve a perfect distance of the toilet paper holder from the toilet bowl for each user. Toilet paper holders can make a vast difference in the functionality and practicality of your toilet, and how comfortable the design of the toilet is. Depending on the average height of your household members, the toilet paper holder should most often be placed from 8–12 inches away from the bowl. That distance is usually arm’s length away from the toilet bowl, making it effortless to reach the toilet paper.

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