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How to Make a Wooden WC Roll Holder for Spare Toilet Rolls

My aim with DIY projects around the home is to look for innovative space-saving ideas and save costs on materials by recycling.


Why You Should Keep Spare Toilet Rolls to Hand

Ever been caught short with an empty toilet roll in your hands, now's the chance to pull that last sheet and sit comfortably in the knowledge that there are spare rolls to hand in your bathroom.

This article not only makes recommendations for some great options but also gives the DIY enthusiast tips on how to simply and quickly make one for little cost from a spare bit of wood and a broom handle with a capacity to hold up to four spare toilet rolls; so never again will you be caught short while contemplating lifes mysteries.

The design I give here is for a round base; which obviously fits well with the shape of toilet rolls. However, if you don't feel confident in cutting a circle, there's no reason why you couldn't make the square.

Making Your Own Spare WC Roll Holder

Wooden Toilet Roll Holder

I make a point of saving scrap wood for future DIY projects. I often use pine floorboards as a raw material in DIY projects and any offcuts longer than 1 foot (30cm) are saved for future use; which in this case is a scrap piece of pine floorboard as a base for a WC roll holder.

The floorboards I use is new wood offcuts leftover from previous DIY woodworking projects, but if you have a good belt sander salvaging old floorboards or buying salvaged floorboards from a reclamation yard would provide a useful source of raw material for a wide variety of innovative DIY projects. If you do use old floorboards as well as ensuring it’s de-nailed you’ll also want to check it thoroughly for any sign of woodworm and if you’re not sure then treat it well with woodworm killer.

As with the broom handle, when the brush to an old broom had its day I simply threw the brush away and kept the wooden handle as a useful piece of scrap wood; which for this DIY project proved just the ideal solution.

Below are the materials, tools and step by step guide for making a toilet roll holder for holding up to four spare toilet rolls so that you should never run out of toilet paper when most needed.

From Workshop to Bathroom

Eight simple steps to making a spare toilet roll holder


  • Scrap piece of wood 6 inches (150mm) square
  • Wooden Broom Handle
  • Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Jig saw
  • Router
  • Electric drill
  • Saw Hole bit
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Varnish or paint
Wooden WC Roll Holder

Wooden WC Roll Holder

Step by Step Guide

  1. Mark out a circle on a piece of wood approximately six inches in diameter. A paint tin was used In this example as the template to draw a circle around the base of the tin with a pencil on a spare piece of pine wood floorboard.
  2. Cut out the marked circle with a jig saw.
  3. Route a decorative edge around the wood circle; using the router bit of your choice to your desired decorative finish. Routing a circle of wood this small might seem a little difficult but one option to make it simple is to temporarily screw it to a larger piece of wood and clamp that to your workbench, router around half or a third of the wood circle before repositioning the wood so that you can comfortably router the rest of the circle.
  4. Using a saw hole bit the same diameter as the broom handle drill a hole in the centre of the wood circle; the drilled hole should be the same size and not larger the broom handle to ensure a tight, and therefore, strong fit.
  5. Cut the broom handle to length e.g. 18 inches (450mm). Any old wooden broom or sweeping brush handle or similar sized wooden spindle will do.
  6. Glue the handle to the base with wood glue and wait to dry. The fit should be a tight fit to guarantee a good solid and durable finish.
  7. Once the glue is set sandpaper smooth any rough edges and round off the top of the broom handle with sandpaper.
  8. Varnish or paint any bare wood to finish. In this example the broom handle used was from an old brush and the handle was already finished in brown so it was just a case of putting a couple of coats on varnish on the base.
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Why a Spare WC Roll Holder

Keeping Spare Toilet Paper to Hand for Emergencies

Most people keep one spare toilet roll in their bathroom, but in a busy household it's so easy to not notice that the last roll has been used until it's too late.

Therefore, always on the lookout for little jobs that can make big improvements to home life without too much cost or time, and while pondering what use I could make of an old broom handle, it occurred to me that one broom handle and a bit of floorboard would make an ideal combination as a basis for a toilet roll holder that could hold up to four spare toilet rolls.

Thus the birth of this DIY Project for a wooden WC Roll Holder as described below. The advantage of buying or making a spare toilet roll holder of this design is that it sits on the floor out of the way in a corner of the bathroom just behind the toilet and yet be to hand when, in an emergency, it’s needed.

An alternative design, with a bit of imagination, and provided there’s space which may be the case in larger bathrooms, would be to make a small wall hanging bookcase type design (small shelves) from wood where you could keep spare toilet rolls; the shelves could also then be used for keeping other useful bathroom accessories that often clutter up the cupboard under the sink, such as spare soaps, shower gel and shampoos.

The advantage of making it from wood, and using scraps bits of wood, is that wood is easy to work with (well within the grasp of most DIY enthusiasts), is cheap to make, can be finished to match any dcor (painted, wood stained or varnished) and is very durable.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Arthur Russ

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Arthur Russ (author) from England on June 16, 2017:

Thanks EMangl.

EMangl on December 17, 2012:

my favorite is this one:

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