Let’s face it — thinking about the best ways to hold your toilet paper isn’t glamorous. Depending on your fondness for minute interior design, it may not even be fun. However, there is no getting around the fact that we need to use toilet paper, and as a result we all need a place to store it!
With the right amount of creativity, you can change your toilet paper holder from a boring utilitarian part of your bathroom into a statement piece. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more subdued, we have ideas for you, too. Here are some of them:
If you’re decorating a house or apartment in an industrial style, then it can be difficult to find decorations to match your vibe. Sometimes, the only possible solution is to make your own. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make an awesome looking industrial pipe toilet paper holder like this one featured at Mountain Modern Life.
Toilet Paper Holder With Shelf
Sometimes, we want our toilet paper holders to do more than just, well, holding paper. And let’s face the facts —most of us bring our phones into the bathroom with us these days. It’s okay to admit it. It’s not okay to drop it in the toilet. Avoid inevitable catastrophe by relying on a toilet paper holder that comes with a shelf, such as the one featured here at DIY Show Off.
Even though we just said that everyone goes into the bathroom with their phones in their hands these days, some of us still prefer to kick it back old-school. We mean, of course, that we like to have magazines on hand! If this describes you, then why not craft a toilet paper holder that can also function as a magazine holder? As seen as this example from Pinterest.
Wire Storage Basket
Wire storage baskets are renowned for their practical uses, as they can be used as a storage compartment for cleaning products, craft materials, or more. If you use them as a place to hold your toilet paper, you will be able to store backup rolls in the same place — you’ll never know when you’ll need an extra roll. See examples at A Bowl Full of Lemons.
Shutter Toilet Paper Holder
Here is another fabulous use for old shutters! This one is for those budding interior designers among us who are not satisfied with a measly toilet paper holder — we want an entire piece of artwork that we can hang on the wall. Get the lowdown from Rolloid.net.
Beads and Jute Rope
Not only does this toilet paper holder look fabulous in any home that aspires to be a Bohemian style, but it can also be made from recycled materials, making it environmentally friendly, as well. This item is available on Etsy, but it could also be made from scratch if you’re feeling up to the challenge.
Here is another industrial-style idea out there for those who are interested in this particular style. This creative idea involves using an old wrench as a reciprocal for toilet paper. It’s available for purchase at Etsy, but it could be easily made into a DIY project.
Tic Tac Toe
Believe it or not, everyone’s favorite childhood game also works fabulously well as a kind of toilet paper holder. This tutorial from Instructables.com works well if you are at least somewhat well-versed in woodworking, but you can also make do if you are not by finding an old wooden shelf to upcycle.
Tall and Skinny Cage
Has the following ever happened to you: you’re sitting on the toilet and reaching over for a piece of toilet paper, only to find that the last of the roll has been finished. While in the past you would have had no choice but to call for somebody nearby to bring you another role, if you use this creative vertical TP holder that could easily be made from an old CD display case.
Hanging Shoe Rack
If you have a hanging shoe rack that is collecting dust in storage, it may be the time to bring it out and install it in your bathroom or closet area. The reason? It is a totally ingenious way to store toilet paper! Find inspiration here.
This is a great idea for anybody who does not have an existing toilet paper holder and is looking to make one from scratch. All you will need to pull off this look is a braided leather rope, two screws, and of course a roll of toilet paper! It’s possible to purchase the rope at places like Etsy, but if you have scraps lying around the house, it’s also a project that you could pull off yourself.
This idea is incredibly creative. You know those country-style buckets that you see in home good stores that are intended to use in outdoor spaces, most likely as a plant holder? They actually make the perfect toilet paper holder, considering they already come with a built-in handle to hold the toilet paper. It’s possible to purchase an appropriate bucket online, but you could also mimic the design yourself.
Bucket Above the Seat
Who says that a toilet paper reciprocal must be hung on the side of the wall? In some spaces, it might make more sense for you to place your TP above the seat. Your guests will figure it out! See an example of how to make a humorous toilet paper tray that will compliment your guests here.
Okay, so this is another example of a toilet paper holder that might be better off purchased — but if you have some skills in woodworking you might be able to make a honeycomb toilet paper holder yourself. What a unique addition to any bathroom space!
Not only are copper pipes incredibly easy to create fixtures out of, but they are also naturally beautiful and make a stunning accent piece for any room. See a DIY tutorial for how to make this gorgeous copper toilet paper holder at A Kailo Chic Life.
You know those reusable string bags that you can use out at the grocery store, or at home to hold your laundry? They also work wonderfully as a place to store excess toilet paper rolls! While you could certainly buy a bag online for this purpose, it might be worth your while to ensure that you do not already have a bag laying around the house that could serve the purpose.
If you are talented with a sewing needle and a fan of cute and precious household items, then have we ever got the toilet paper holder for you. This idea was submitted by somebody who saw it at their aunt’s house, and while it may bring back memories of being in a relative’s home,
Here is another one for those of us who feel more comfortable working with fabric than with wood. We appreciate the way that this DIY cloth toilet paper holder from ET Speaks From Home allows you to hold multiple rolls in one place.
This is yet another great option for anybody who finds themselves dealing with a small space. This instructable from Turtles and Tails actually shows you how you can install a shelf within your bathroom wall that can hold toilet paper rolls without taking up precious space.
Repurposed Tin Can Holder
You know those long and skinny vertical tin cans that can be used to hold circle items, such as toilet paper? This smart tutorial from iSave A to Z will show you how you can take one of these ordinary, boring receptacles and cater it towards your individual style.
Over the Toilet TP Holder
You can buy this brilliant hook-on toilet paper holder from Amazon, but you could probably find something similar at the dollar store, as well. It doesn’t have to be intended for toilet paper use, either. Any small hook system should do the trick, as long as it fits underneath the top of your toilet tank!
Wooden TP Holder
Here is one for anybody who loves the outdoors! The next best thing to living in a gorgeous, remote cabin deep within the woods is bringing a nice piece of the outdoors inside. This unique toilet paper holder, as seen on Pinterest, can be made just from a whittled-down stick and a piece of twine.
Pallet TP Holder
Would it really be a page dedicated to DIY projects without at least one mention of something amazing that can be made from pallets? Check out this tutorial from Instructables Workshops that will show you how to make a beautiful holder for your TP from a simple wooden pallet!
Thinking about your toilet paper holder may not be the most glamorous of home improvement tasks, but as you can see, making these small changes can go a long way towards improving the overall look of your room — and you deserve to enjoy all of your rooms to their full potential.