For some reason, toilet paper holder mounting is one of those projects that looks very simple, but causes many people a lot of headaches. The toilet paper holder seems to not stay in the wall or the wall turns into Swiss cheese trying to find the right place to mount the holder. In either case, there is a simple formula that you can use to make sure that the toilet paper holder is properly placed and mounted every time.
Positioning The Toilet Paper Holder
The best way to figure out where the toilet paper holder should go is to sit down on the toilet as is you were doing your business. Reach to a comfortable distance to the side of the wall with a pencil in your hand. Mark the wall with a small X in that spot. Test different heights until you have found a comfortable height. Have your family perform the same test to make sure that everyone is satisfied with the toilet paper holder mounting area.
Mounting The Toilet Paper Holder
Position the toilet paper holder over the X and mark the mounting holes where the screws go. Take self tapping drywall anchors that are metal and screw them into the wall with a cordless drill. These type of anchors hold much better than the cheap plastic ones that come with wall mount toilet paper holders. Place the toilet paper holder on the wall over the drywall anchors and attach the holder to the wall with screws through the mounting bracket. Put a roll on the holder and you are ready to go.
This project should take about 10 minutes, and 5 of that is taking the wall mount toilet paper out of the packaging. Some toilet paper wall mounts have a bracket that attaches to the wall that is hidden underneath the toilet paper holder that the toilet paper holder itself attaches to. After attaching this bracket, locate the tension screws on the toilet paper holder mount. These screws are extremely small and require an Allen wrench that is provided in the package to secure the mount to the bracket.
Using this set of instructions should allow you to be able to mount a toilet paper holder easily from now on. There is no need to guess. Simply sit down, reach out and this is the position that you want the toilet paper mount to be. If you have a newer home built by a good contractor, there will be blocking about 36 inches from the floor for you to mount the toilet paper holder to. In this case, you will not need drywall anchors and this project will become that much easier.