TOILET PAPER HOLDERS Toilet paper holders are believed to date back to ancient times as unbelievable as that may sound. Researchers believe they have found bathroom tissue holders dating as far back as four thousand years ago in the tomb of Tutankhamen, an Egyptian pharaoh dating back to around 1300 B.C., well before previously recorded documentation.
Evidence of toilet paper holders being used has also been tracked back to the Roman Empire. In fact, as trivial and common as one might view a contraption to encase bathroom tissue in modern days, it is believed that some toilet paper holders were designed by renowned Roman artists and were used to display their social standings as well as a sign of wealth to their guests.
Recently uncovered paintings actually suggest that toilet paper holders were used by the religious practitioners of Stonehenge.
In modern times, the symbolism of wealth and status takes many forms in our society. It is fair to say though, that these symbols usually do not include methods for holding and dispensing bathroom tissue. One is more likely to hear about gold plated commodes then gold plated means of holding toilet paper.
However, the use of toilet paper holders is ubiquitous and new designs are appearing all the time. The concept is simple, bathroom tissue is for use on sensitive areas so naturally it is best practice to keep the paper from areas where it may become contaminated or, in times of past, infested with bugs.
To do this you must protect the toilet paper by elevating off of the ground and away from forces that may damage it or ruin its quality. The main element to keep away is water, this is why so many bathrooms feature holders built into the wall. Many modern holders offer a covering of the roll as it is being dispensed.
When deciding to purchase a toilet paper holder for your bathroom tissue there are many factors one should consider before choosing the right fixture. For instance, there are practicable components that are necessary for it to be functional.
1) Reusable mount
3) Sanitary Concerns
You will need a reusable mount of some kind for the bathroom tissue to slip over or be encased in. It will need to be easily accessed, taking into account the reach of all members of the family. It will need to be easy to refill as there seems to be a natural tendency to want to simply balance the roll on the mount rather than re-assemble the device if the device is too complicated.
You also may want to choose a material that will last, taking into account the area in which it is being installed. Many modern homes have the toilet area separate from the area of the shower, but many do not. If the shower and the toilet share a room, keep in mind the humidity that will develop after a hot bath or shower. Some modern designs may have fabric accents that will wilt in the area of humidity or moister. In that instance, look instead for a fixture that is either coated in water proof material or naturally moisture proof to ensure its longevity.
Toilet paper holders can also come in all shapes and sizes to fit the tastes of any home owner and the decor of any bathroom. As far as colors go, popular ones include a chrome finish or brass but plastic and wood are also available from many retailers. Structures tend to vary between floor standing toilet paper holders and side mounted units. While many choose standing fixtures to save from drilling into their walls, there are now some side mounted units that no longer require drilling.
A modern trend is holders that clip to the side of toilets. Another trend is a long bar that holds its own replacement rolls under the one currently in use. This is a particularly attractive feature as it makes replacement very easy. However, many people object to the extra rolls being open to the air and uncovered for the time it takes the user to change the rolls.
Whimsical roll holders are being more commonplace everyday. From take offs on the garden jockeys to large plastic butlers whose hands holds the rolls, there really is no limit to the designs one can find when trying to match an existing decor or trying to make a fashion statement in the room of the house used everyday.