Project Guide

How to Install a Toilet Paper Holder

Measure Carefully
Man measuring the wall for toilet paper holder.

Having the right measurements for your toilet paper holders will make them easier to access and use.

  • Install your toilet paper holder on a wall 8 inches to 12 inches from your toilet bowl. (Use 8 inches to 9 inches for shorter users such as children and 10 inches to 12 inches for average to tall users).
  • The best height for a toilet paper holder is 26 inches from the floor. This will make your toilet paper easy to reach and prevent it from dragging on the floor. 

Tip: If you are installing a recessed toilet paper holder, use a stud finder to find the right placement and follow manufactuer's installation instructions.

Use a Level
Hands holding a level against a wall.

Use a level to make sure your toilet paper holder brackets are straight. 

  • Check the inside or outside of your new toilet paper box to see if there is a template. If so, tape it to the wall with painter’s tape so you can adjust it according to the level.
  • If your new toilet paper holder doesn't have a template, draw a level line that is the length of the toilet paper holder. Hold one of your toilet paper holder brackets on the left, flush with the level line. Stick a pencil through the drill holes in the bracket to mark them. Repeat with the right side of the holder.   

Drill Holes
Man drilling a hole into drywall.
  • Drill pilot holes through your pencil marks. 
  • If you must attach your toilet paper holder to dry wall, tap in wall anchors to make sure the brackets will hold.
  • Use a level to check drill holes and adjust if necessary.

Tip: Drill into a stud if possible. Like most bathroom accessories, toilet paper holders are subject to a lot of wear and tear. 

Screw in Brackets
A hand checking the bracket installed in the wall.
  • Place the left bracket on your wall over your drill marks with arrows pointing up. 
  • Screw bracket in clockwise until is tight against the wall. 
  • Repeat with the right bracket.

Using Your New Toilet Paper Holder
A person adding toilet paper to a toilet paper holder.

Slide a roll of toilet paper onto the spring-loaded paper holder and snap it in.

Tip: For a pivot-style toilet paper holder, slide the toilet paper on to the pivot arm, then secure it by pushing against the wall and then down onto the mounting bracket.