Came across this industrial style bathroom accessory recently and really liked its simple design. And it's wicked simple to make. Metal plumbing pipe lends itself well to this style of home decor.
Industrial Style Bathroom Accessory How To
This toilet paper holder is made from ¾" plumbing pipe, which is available from plumbing supply houses or some large home improvement stores. To build this industrial toilet paper holder, you will need:
- A ¾" flange mount to allow the holder to be attached to the wall
- A ¾" 90 degree elbow
- A ¾" diameter, 2" long nipple ( aka, a short piece of pipe )
- A ¾" diameter, 6" long pipe
- A ¾" cap
Put the metal pipe together as shown in the photo, it helps to have strong hands, or someone nearby that has strong hands. I would avoid using wrenches or pliers to tighten up the pipes. If you must use a pliers or wrench, wrap the pipe in rag to reduce the amount of marks the pliers will make on the pipe. Remember this is industrial style, but wrench marks aren't great, I think, but its your toilet paper holder.
The flange has 4 pre-drilled holes for mounting the holder on the wall, I'd suggest dark screws, such as drywall screws, to hold it on the wall. Be sure to attach it securely, ideally screwing it into a stud. Use toggle bolts or similar anchors if you can't drill into a stud. Don't use cheap plastic mollies, the holder will fall off the wall.
If you are drilling through tile like the holder shown in the photo, use a masonry bit to drill through the tile. We have a post about how to hang TVs and such on brick and cement, click here.
I'm thinking you could also call this a steampunk style bathroom accessory, but I guess it depends on who is defining industrial style versus steampunk style. I think steampunk has more copper pipe than iron pipe. Check out this industrial style pinterest board.
What do you think of this style, how could we improve this DIY toilet paper holder?
If you are handy with a torch you could make the same thing with copper pipe. I'm not sure about the pipe you used, but with copper you could have it chrome plated, in case you wanted a shiny fixture. 🙂
But, the way you did it is simpler and cheaper! A thin piece of rubber "non-skid" mat will allow you to get a better grip for tightening the pipes together.
P.S. I wouldn't recommend PVC pipe - too easy to break!
It might be easier to install this holder than getting approval from our spouse. Somehow, I can see my wife giving me "the look" when I tell her about using pipe for a toilet paper holder.
I dig this!!!
Eric Gunnar Rochow
@sarah i could make you one if you want.
@bruce sometimes its easier to apologize than ask permission...
@jim copper is a great idea, you could also let it oxidize and turn green. thx, eric.