If you’re remodeling your bathroom, you might find it necessary to install a new toilet paper holder. Spring-loaded toilet paper holders (also called standard or traditional) are the most common. This style has two posts to install (versus the single post Euro styles) and can be mounted to the wall or the side of your vanity with ease.
- Drill and Bits
- Toilet Paper Holder
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Mounting Hardware (brackets, anchors, screws)
Step 1: Place and Level Toilet Paper Holder
The first step to installing a spring-loaded toilet paper is to determine where you want it installed. There are a few factors that come into play for placement, like whether the toilet is standard or comfort height.
No matter the height, it’s recommended to install toilet paper holders about 26 inches off the floor. Every bathroom is different though so make sure the height is comfortable for you and your family.
Once everything’s level, make small lines at the top of each post to use as a guide for step two.
Step 2: Mark Holes for Mounting Brackets
Line up the mounting brackets with the marks from step one. Mark the center within each bracket hole to use as a guide to drill the pilot anchor holes.
Step 3: Drill Anchor Holes and Insert Drywall Anchors
Pre-drill the anchor holes with a power drill. Use a drill bit that’s just big enough for the anchors you’ll be using.
Screw in the drywall anchors until they’re flush with the wall.
Step 4: Screw Mounting Brackets Into Drywall Anchors
Use a Phillips head screwdriver to fasten the mounting bracket securely to the wall. This ensures that the toilet paper holder won’t fall off down the line.
Step 5: Attach and Secure Toilet Paper Holder Posts to Mounting Bracket
Attach each post of the toilet paper holder to the mounting bracket, latching them on from the top. Tighten the small set screw on the bottom of each post with a screwdriver. A small slotted screwdriver works well.