How to Install a Toilet Tissue Holder

A toilet tissue holder provides a convenient and decorative way to supply bathroom toilet paper. Rather than placing a roll on the toilet tank lid, a holder provides a fixed location for dispensing paper. Toilet holders are available with ornate designs and attractive finishes. When remodeling, installing a new tissue holder allows you to complement your bathroom's design. Installing a new tissue holder includes deciding where it will go, using a template and attaching mounting brackets.

With a toilet tissue holder, you can avoid placing a roll on the tank lid.
  1. Place a mark on a wall or vanity where you want the the toilet holder to be. Allow for at least 2 feet in height off the floor.
  2. Hold the toilet holder template over your mark. The template comes with your tissue holder and is used for marking the locations of the side-mount brackets. Line up the center of one of the template's openings with the mark you made. If you do not like the positioning, place a new mark on the wall or vanity and hold a template opening over the mark. This mark is where one of the mounting brackets will go.
  3. Place a level over the top edge of the template to make sure that it is level.
  4. Make a mark in the other template opening. Place a mark in the center of the template opening opposite to where you lined up your original mark. This mark is where the other mounting bracket will go.
  5. Center a side-mount bracket over one of the marks. Make two marks where the screws will go through the bracket. Repeat this step with the other bracket.
  6. Drill pilot holes in the wall or vanity at the locations you marked for the mounting screws. Use a drill and a 1/4-inch or 5/16-inch drill bit.
  7. Insert wall anchors into the pilot holes by gently tapping them with a hammer.
  8. Attach the mounting brackets to the wall or vanity using the mounting screws and a screwdriver. Do not over-tighten the screws.
  9. Place the holder's backplate covers over the side mounting brackets. Attach them by tightening the small set screws on the bottom with an Allen wrench.
  10. Place the toilet tissue rod in between the two backplate covers.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Toilet holder template
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits - 1/4 and 5/16 inch
  • Hammer
  • Wall anchors
  • Screwdriver


  • If the mounting screws are going into wood, you do not need to drill pilot holes.

About the Author

Based in Florida, Jim Franklin started writing professionally in 2009. His articles appear on websites such as eHow, where he covers topics ranging from home improvement to finance. Franklin has a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Florida Atlantic University.

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