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12 Creative (and Easy) DIY Toilet Paper Holders

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about toilet paper holders. No worries—we do. (Search for them on Remodelista, and you’ll get nearly a hundred hits). There are plenty of great ones on the market, but for this roundup, we’ve chosen to focus on ingenious and imaginative DIY toilet tissue holders that can be easily re-created for your own home.

A TP holder is something we see and use every day. Why not have some fun with it?

Corinne Gilbert Bath by Matthew Williams for Remodelista Book
Above: In the Brooklyn bathroom of French designer Corinne Gilbert, a simple black ribbon and a white wooden knob are all that are needed to suspend a roll of toilet paper. See the rest of her home in Expert Advice: How to Decorate Like a Frenchwoman. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Considered Home. If you’d rather not bother making this yourself, consider the Diabolo Toilet Roll Holder by Yang Ripol Design Studio and sold at Gessato for $49.
FleaMarketRx sells Industrial Bathroom Fixtures, including this toilet tissue holder that’s made from plumbing hardware powder-coated with an ebony rust finish; $68.
Above: FleaMarketRx sells Industrial Bathroom Fixtures, including this toilet tissue holder that’s made from plumbing hardware powder-coated with an ebony rust finish; $68.
Stadshem Swedish Bathroom Toilet Paper Net Bag Resized
Above: Spotted in this Swedish bathroom on Stadshem, a hanging string bag that accommodates plenty of rolls, a useful solution in a small space. The Ecobag String Bag is available for $2.99 on Amazon.

This braided saddle leather TP holder hangs in the some of the guest bathrooms at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. See it in situ here.
Above: This braided saddle leather TP holder hangs in the some of the guest bathrooms at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. See it in situ here.
Shiela Narusawa Cape Cod House by Matthew Williams
Above: Keeping it simple, architect Sheila Narusawa stashes loo rolls in a basket in the bathroom of her Cape Cod home. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.
Above: We once featured this conceptual design by Peter Oyler—the Roll With It holder. It’s no longer available, but we think it would make for a pretty simple DIY project with the help of a dowel and some paint.
Julie spotted this wholly unique holder while looking at vacation rentals on Airbnb. See the rest of this home here.
Above: Julie spotted this wholly unique holder while looking at vacation rentals on Airbnb. See the rest of this home here.
Hanger Toilet Paper Roll Holder
Above: This witty coat-hanger holder was once sold at Greener Grass Design—and we wrote it about it here. It’s no longer sold, but you can use a simple wire hanger and do it yourself.
Max Rollitt Hamshire Vicarage Bath Resized
Above: No assembly required. In a bath designed by antiques dealer Max Rollitt, a roll of toilet tissue hangs jauntily from a bamboo magazine rack.
A Merry Mishap DIY Toilet Paper Holder
Above: Manda, from the Merry Thought blog, created a DIY Toilet Paper Holder with a wooden knob, leather string, and a dowel.
Along the same lines, Laurie Downey of Projects by Laurie fashioned this TP holder out of PVC pipe, rope, and a boat cleat.
Above: Along the same lines, Laurie Downey of Projects by Laurie fashioned this TP holder out of PVC pipe, rope, and a boat cleat.

Architect Neal Schwartz installed two recessed toilet paper roll holders sourced from a place that sold prison equipment. “It is intended for prisons and other secure environments and it is easily ordered online,” Schwartz says. We found the product here. See The Architect Is In: Beyond Prefab in a Sonoma Weekend Retreat to tour the rest of his home. Photograph by Matthew Millman.
Above: Architect Neal Schwartz installed two recessed toilet paper roll holders sourced from a place that sold prison equipment. “It is intended for prisons and other secure environments and it is easily ordered online,” Schwartz says. We found the product here. See The Architect Is In: Beyond Prefab in a Sonoma Weekend Retreat to tour the rest of his home. Photograph by Matthew Millman.
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