How to Install a Recessed Toilet Paper Holder

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Things You'll Need

  • Recessed toilet paper holder kit

  • Square

  • Level

  • Pencil

  • Drill

  • Drill bit

  • Keyhole saw

  • Screwdriver

  • Construction adhesive

  • Masking tape

How to Install a Recessed Toilet Paper Holder. A recessed toilet paper holder is easy to install if you have basic carpentry skills. It's a good way to give the illusion of more space in a tiny bathroom. Most recessed toilet paper holders come with complete instructions, so use these tips as general guidelines as you install your new recessed toilet paper holder.


Step 1

Determine where you wish to place the toilet paper holder. Unless your kit tells you otherwise, locate the holder away from a stud.

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Step 2

Look at the back of the toilet paper holder. Decide how big the hole in the wall needs to be.

Step 3

Use the level to mark a straight line where you want the bottom of the holder. Measure up the appropriate height and mark the top of the hole. Make sure both lines are straight and level. Draw the vertical lines to complete the rectangle.

Step 4

Drill a hole in the middle of the rectangle you drew in Step 3. Insert the keyhole saw into the hole. Cut away the drywall to just inside the lines you drew in Step 3.


Step 5

Slip the toilet paper holder into the hole. If it doesn't fit trim away a bit more of the drywall.

Step 6

Fasten the toilet paper holder to the nearest studs with the screws that came with the kit if the directions tell you to. Otherwise, run a small bead of construction adhesive under the edge of the toilet paper holder. Immediately wipe off any of the adhesive that oozes out around the edges. Place masking tape around the holder to hold the frame in place until the construction adhesive sets up.

Step 7

Remove the masking tape when the adhesive is dry. Insert the roller into the toilet paper and put the roller in its place on the holder.


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