Toilet Paper Holder Comes of Age

In the modern age, the bathroom has emerged as more than just a place to do cleansing rituals. It has become a private sanctuary, a place to relax, to think or to declutter the mind. Designers have thought of many wonderful ideas to jazz up or brighten the bathroom ambience, using the right interplay of materials and colors.

Bathroom accessories like the toilet paper holder now also come in many unique and eye-riveting styles that add allure, elegance, or a whimsical touch to the bathroom.

Artistic styles of toilet paper holder

Most homeowners still go for the traditional bathroom toilet paper holder in chrome, brass, white, or bronze finishes. There are some individuals, though, who want a touch of drama or something unique inside their bathroom. Hence, custom toilet paper holders draw their attention.
In a children’s bathroom, for example, a colorful wooden holder with the design of a horse or dolphin’s head will be both eye-catching and functional. On the other hand, a teenage boy may find a toilet paper holder with a skull, bat, or tin man design quite cool.
Designer accessories may be placed in a spacious master  bedroom bathroom. The trick is to select accessories and fixtures that harmonize with the overall theme of the house or the dominant design of the room. For instance, a colonial style house with lots of artistic pieces in wrought iron and brass may have bathroom accessories in metal finish.
Artistically designed wrought iron metal toilet paper holders that can accommodate one to three rolls of toilet paper that look like a mini magazine rack can look fabulous.

Freestanding toilet paper holders

Homeowners nowadays take delight in updating their bathrooms with convenient fixtures and accessories like tissue paper holders. Among the useful product innovations that have wended their way into the marketplace are freestanding toilet paper holders.

With elegant styles made of polished brass or chrome, a freestanding toilet paper holder not only adds visual appeal but can be moved around easily. They also hold unused rolls freeing up precious cupboard space for other essentials.

Unique touches for the modern bathroom

Little things can add a fun or quirky, or a classy look, to a bathroom. Toilet paper holders may be among those items overlooked when beautifying the busiest room of the house. Yet that is changing nowadays, as more and more people realize that every element can pull together a room’s theme and design

There are many different types, styles, and shapes of tissue paper holders ranging from simple to artistic to unique and funny, to glitzy. Whichever style an design you fancy, be sure to peruse the many creative and functional styles online for the best selection.

A toilet paper roll holder can express homeowner’s unique design aesthetic. Whether you want something simple and practical, elegant and shiny, or weird but eye-catching, now you can choose from many appealing options.

Wood, metal or plastic, marble, you name it, there is are materials for every taste, every budget and every teenage boy’s skeleton head collection!



Installing toilet paper holders is one issue (and it will be discussed below) but the more important issue is deciding which holder is right for you. Currently the market is filled with a wide variety of options for your to select from.  More often than not, choosing  your toilet paper holder takes much longer than actually installing it!


Some brands include the Austin which has a variety of collections, that will go well with matching towel rods, towel rings, hooks for robes as well as glass for vanities and much more.  The Austin collections give you a taste of both Southern and Western styles. If you have a motif bath, the holders will look great in your bathroom.

Dustin collections give you the choice the polished chrome, stained nickel, and many more. Their holders for toilet paper will blend with various styles of modern bathrooms.

Both of these collections will often offer discounts for online orders. Be sure to measure accurately though and note the measurements of your picks before finalizing your purchase.

MUSA has a more unique product, a dual roll holder,  it is polished chrome or nickel.  Italian designers exported these classics and they complement many modern designs as well.  Their towel rods tend to have a larger diameter than others, measuring in at approximately 16-mm.

A nice tie in is their dual soap dishes. Their holders can support shelves for items like tumblers or toothbrush holders.  The shelves which come in crystal measure about 10-mm. There are also woods and pure brass options to match your style.


Keep in mind other utilitarian items can be made to be part of the décor as well, there are great new trends in commode brush holders and even simple corner shelves can be made to match any bathroom décor. Don’t forget hooks that hold your bathrobe, or smaller hand towel bars, soap dishes and even liquid soap dispensers.


Do you want an antique look? Consider bronze and brass accessories. These may require polishing but will give your bathroom a more old-fashioned feel.

Do you want a more regal look? Consider a design by Aranjeuz. These include chrome, and nickel and gold. The German engineers behind these designs have come up with a large selection of accessories to choose from for that more stately and regal look.


Installation will vary widely depending on the surface you are dealing with. Marble and tiled walls present more work than drywall. Granite may require professional installation.  Anchor locks will solve the easier installation issues, but pay close attention to the weight limitations as they vary widely.

Most items can be installed without professional help, but a second pair of hands certainly makes the project go more smoothly. At first be sure to plan out where each item will go. Consider available floor space when deciding whether to buy freestanding toilet paper holders and brush caddies. Some bathrooms have small footprints and wall mounting may be the only option available.



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

2) Accessibility

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.