Toilet Paper Holder Height & Distance

Guide to the placement for toilet paper holder height & distance, including standard bathroom measurements for best results. Modern bathroom with toilet and toilet paper holder The proper placement of a toilet paper holder may seem like a small thing, but getting the measurements correct is important. Here is the most common measurements to ensure the best look and fit.

What height should a toilet paper holder be?

The height of a toilet paper holder should be about 26 inches from the finished floor. This allows for easy reach.

This can be changed based on items in the way and the height of the users of the space. This height is the most comfortable to reach while sitting on the toilet.

Toilet paper holder height and distance away from floor and toilet

ADA toilet paper height

The ADA requirements on height for the toilet paper holders is that they must be at least 19 inches above the floor and no more than 36 inches above the floor.

This is distance most commonly used in commercial setting as that is where the regulations are monitored. If there is a possibility that someone in your home may have a disability it would be best to heed the ADA requirements as it would be most comfortable for them.

How far to place a toilet paper dispenser from the toilet

The best distance to place a toilet paper holder is a maximum of one foot (12″) from the bowl.

This is usually the arm’s length of someone sitting on the toilet, needing to use the toilet paper. This can change a little based on the size of the users.

Where should a toilet paper holder be placed?

For the most comfortable use of a toilet paper holder there are a few guidelines are to be followed.

The toilet paper holder should be place on the wall about 8 inches to 12 inches to the side of the toilet bowl.

This can change based on the height and arm length of the preferred user. Typically it will be used by a large amount of people of varying shapes and sizes so hitting in the middle is optimal.

As for the height, the toilet paper holder should lie about 26 inches above the floor for most standard applications, but again can change based on the arms length.

Are toilet paper holders standard size?

Toilet paper holders have a few different ‘sizes’ that can be selected. This allows for different sizes of rolls to be place one the holders.

Most residential settings only have one regular sized roll, but there are also some that may require a jumbo size toilet paper holder. Based on the size of rolls you plan to buy should determine the type of toilet paper holder you purchase.

How to install a toilet paper holder?

Toilet paper holder placement in small modern bathroom A toilet paper holder needs to be hung precisely to allow for optimal use. There are a few quick and easy steps to get the perfect install. Installation of a toilet paper holder is an easy do it yourself project for a bathroom remodel.

-Step One for installing a toilet paper holder is to measure out the location from the toilet to where you want the holder to go. Typically from 8″ to 12″ away.

-Step Two is to make sure you have a level handy to make sure the screws are correctly leveled for attaching the toilet paper holder.

-Step Three is to drill the holes and screw in the hardware for the toilet paper holder according to the location selected.

– Step Four is to pop on the holder and screw in any set screws that may be on the toilet paper holder.

From there it will be ready for the toilet paper and use!

In some cases, like described below, installing the toilet paper holder can be a lot easier, as they are just set in place.

Where do you hang a toilet paper holder in a small bathroom?

In some areas there is not enough wall space to place a wall hung toilet paper holder. This can instead mean using a freestanding toilet paper holder or even a basket, shelf or rack behind the toilet.

If that still is not enough space for your tiny bathroom, there are options for over the tank toilet paper holders that are very handy in tight spaces! It also allows for additional rolls to be placed.

If you already have the wall hung holder and would not like to change to a different option, there still can be a place to hang it.

While there are ADA requirement and recommended guideline for optimal use, these and not require in residential homes.

The location can be wherever you chose and what is comfortable (or tolerable) for you. Choosing to hang outside the recommendation for height and distance is not mandatory.

Placing the holder closer and higher in proximity to the bowl is totally fine in a small bathroom, as long as the user can reach.

There are bathroom remodel software apps that can help you visualize the design & layout before you do any actual remodeling work. These can be especially useful if you are working with a small bathroom layout.


Written by Savannah - Interior Designer

Savannah Phillips is an NCIDQ certified Interior Designer with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Illinois State University. She is skilled in Space Planning, Furniture Layouts, Material and Finish Selection and FF&E Procurement.

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