You can tell that I am not the greatest home repair whiz. I need to
install a toilet roll holder, but I blank out when deciding where on
the wall it should go. Problem is, I recall most institutional settings
have it at approximately elbow height and slightly to the front of the
body. OTOH most homes place it much lower. I don't know why, because
then you have to bend down to get the paper.
Why this difference, and do you think one placement is better than
others? It is not a matter of what I like because it would obviously be
used by many friends and family, young and old.
Ours was mounted on the wall by the builder/plumber. When you sit on the
"john" you should be able to reach it whether you are right or left
One bathroom has the holder in front of the "john". The other one is to
the left of it.
: One bathroom has the holder in front of the "john". The other one is to
: the left of it.
We don't have the front or right option, has to be the left wall. My
question, at what height from the ground and how far from the toilet
bowl is best location for most people?
I recall that most institutions have them at elbow height, slightly to
the front. Most homes seem to place them at least lower. maybe even
somewhat closer. I was wondering why this discrepancy, and what works
best in everyone's opinion here?
There are no majic numbers.
The difference you observe between institutional and private mounting
heights probably results from accessibility standards applied to
institutional situations. Many residential situations don't have the
ubobstructed surface of a stall partition, and so are mounted helter
Have you considered reaching for an imagined roll a couple of times and
using the resulting "landing zone" as your mounting arrangement?
You don't want the best height for most people. You want
someplace a 2-year old can reach.
If you then have an adult who's too crippled to reach that,
then mount a second holder. It's not like having a second
roll available is going to be a bad thing.
Take a seat on the toilet and think about it. If you are still without
an answer reach out with both hands and decide which one is close to a wall
that is most convenient. That's that spot. Who cares where they put it in
a commercial application.
On Thu, 9 Nov 2006 08:17:19 -0500, "Craven Morehead"
I had a girlfriend who refused to have toilet paper in her house. She used
Kleenex only. I never did get an answer from her about what it was about
toilet paper she disliked. I can tell you she always had a sweet smelling
we put a surface mounted not recessed double roll paper holder to the
left and another like it to the right as follows: within reach of the
smallest family member, and at such a height so that that same seated
human's reaching wet arm drips down toward its fingertips.
also, all our grab bars double as towel bars and exceed minimum lengths
to provide plenty of towel hanging space.
but first see ada info and illustration at:
"A 42 inch (1065 mm) minimum length grab bar is required to the side of
the water closet spaced 12 inches (305 mm) maximum from the back wall
and extending a minimum of 54 inches (1370 mm) from the back wall at a
height between 33 and 36 inches (840-915 mm). The toilet paper
dispenser shall be mounted at a minimum height of 19 inches (485 mm).
(4.16.3, 4.16.4, 4.16.6)"
"4.16.6 Dispensers. Toilet paper dispensers shall be installed within
reach, as shown in Fig. 29(b). Dispensers that control delivery, or
that do not permit continuous paper flow, shall not be used."
as quoted from:
My grandpa always had a tub of yellow and white corn sitting next to
thr john and you shelled it to get the cob. First the yellow and then
white to check you wiped clean. That way the chickens aways had shelled
corn on hand.
If you're conflicted, don't mount the TP dispenser on the wall. Little racks
are available that allow the, um, user to move the dispenser to any
location. This has the added benefit of easily taking the whole roll to an
area where TP is needed in an urgent situation (an extreme chick-flik movie
in the family room, a beloved pet's "accident" in the hallway, or to
celebrate the team's homecoming victory in the yard).
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