Toilet Paper Roll Dimensions: Let's Measure & Calculate
Author: Rick Worst | Editor: Omar Alonso
Review & Research: Jen Worst & Chris Miller
Have you ever been to the store and noticed there are different sizes of toilet paper rolls and that there's no standard toilet paper roll dimensions? While it may seem like a minor difference, understanding the dimensions of toilet paper rolls can be necessary. You should know which size fits your bathroom, office, or commercial space.
You should also consider the paper quality when selecting a toilet paper roll. Other factors such as paper ply, softness level, and whiteness can also be critical factors in choosing the right toilet paper for your needs.
Depending on the brand, toilet paper roll dimensions can vary. The variance can apply to the number of sheets per roll, but the primary difference is in the size of the roll itself. The following factors can dictate and indicate the different dimensions of toilet paper.
Just remember, there's no standard size here. Every company changes their designs to be more competitive constantly. There are typical ranges which we discuss below.
Toilet Paper Roll Diameter
A standard toilet paper roll can measure between 3.9" and 4.5" in diameter, and wider for industrial and commercial sizes. However, the suitable diameter for your household use is subject to the following factors:
- Size of toilet paper holder: A standard-size toilet paper holder can usually handle a roll with a diameter of up to 4.5 inches.
- The number of people using the toilet: A larger roll with a diameter of up to 5.9 inches can accommodate more users in the same household or commercial space.
- Toilet paper sheet size: The sheet size of a toilet paper roll can range from 4.5" x 4" to 3.9" x 3.7", depending on the brand and model.
The above factors can also inform your decision when selecting the right roll for your needs. Don't just measure the diameter of a toilet paper tube. Go all the way across the paper, too.
For example, if you need high-grade paper for commercial use, you will likely require a larger diameter roll. On the other hand, a smaller diameter roll may be sufficient if you need to buy toilet paper for your home.
Toilet Paper Roll Circumference
In order to calculate the circumference of a toilet paper roll, you need only to measure the diameter (straight across the width through the center). From there, you can multiply the diameter by pi, which is equivalent to 3.14. Here are some example measurements.
- 4" diameter: 12.56" circumference
- 5" diameter: 15.7" circumference
- 5.9" diameter: 18.53" circumference
As you can see, the diameter is directly related to the circumference and nothing else. It is the only measurement you need to calculate the circumference, by following the equation to find the circumference of a circle, which is to multiply the diameter by pi (3.14).
Toilet Paper Ply
Ply refers to the number of layers in the toilet paper. The more ply a toilet paper has, the thicker and stronger it will be. Each manufacturer's toilet paper ply can vary in thickness. Therefore, you should always read the specifications before purchasing toilet paper to ensure it meets your needs.
Common examples of ply among toilet paper manufacturers include:
- Single-ply: Consists of one layer, which is thin and light and dissolves and unclogs easiest.
- Double-ply: Consists of two layers, thicker and stronger than single-ply.
- Triple-ply: Consists of three layers, thicker and stronger than single- and double-ply.
- Quadruple-ply: Consists of four layers, thicker and stronger than single- triple-and double-ply.
Selecting the right ply for your needs depends on many factors. Consider the size and number of people who will be using the toilet paper regularly and how much use it will get.
If you want the rolls for a commercial setting, go with a higher ply so the rolls can last longer. On the other hand, a lower ply may be sufficient if you buy toilet paper for your home.
Toilet Paper Roll Width
How wide is a toilet paper roll? When we talk about width we mean the distance between the two sides that open up with the hole for the toilet paper roll core. This ranges between 3.7" and 4" on average lately as toilet paper manufacturers have downsized a bit. This means each sheet is no longer a square, typically.
Toilet Paper Texture
Toilet paper texture is dependent on the paper material. For example, recycled pulp can produce rougher toilet paper than virgin pulp. Also, pulps from hardwood trees will have a softer, fluffier paper than softwood trees.
The fluffier and softer a toilet paper is, its dimensions are likely to be bigger. Conversely, a rougher texture may have a smaller diameter. Softer toilet paper varieties require more space on the roll.
Depending on the material, the toilet paper texture can include the following:
- Soft and fluffy: Great for sensitive skin types and delicate areas.
- Medium soft: Good for everyday use, usually the most common toilet paper.
- Rough: Coarser and less absorbent than softer varieties, often used for industrial purposes.
Texture can also affect the size and strength of your rolls. It is essential to consider overall comfort when selecting toilet paper.
Toilet Paper Roll Length
How long is a toilet paper roll? While some rolls may be wider than others, the length is often consistent. The standard toilet paper roll is usually around 75 feet of paper, or 900 inches. Longer toilet paper rolls are also available.
Types of toilet paper, depending on the roll length, include:
- Standard toilet paper rolls
- Jumbo rolls (bigger than the standard)
- Continuous-feed rolls (longer than the standard)
- Mega rolls (longer than the jumbo rolls)
The length of your toilet paper roll will depend on the number of sheets per roll, the roll's size, and the paper's quality. It is essential to consider all these factors when selecting the right roll for your needs.
Toilet Paper Holder
To ensure the roll will fit properly, you should measure the holder before purchasing. Most holders can fit standard toilet paper rolls. However, some holders may accommodate wider rolls. You can find a custom holder to fit a wider roll size or opt for a holder whose design fits larger rolls.
The standard type of toilet paper holders include the following:
- Spring-loaded holders: These holders feature a spring-loaded arm that holds the toilet paper roll in place.
- Wall-mounted holders: You can attach the holder to the wall, and they come in various materials.
- Over tank holders: These can fit over the tank of a toilet and can be made from metal or plastic.
- Free-standing holders: This type comes with its stand, making it easy to move around.
No matter which type of holder you choose, it is important to ensure your toilet paper roll is the right size for your holder so that it fits properly and is easy to use.
Any that use a spring-loaded holder will typically be 6.375" in width and height for the entire wall recessed mount, with the recess itself allowing for 5" of width and height to accommodate most sizes of residential toilet paper rolls.
FAQs on Toilet Paper Roll Dimensions
In the quest to find the appropriate toilet paper, the roll dimensions can create confusion. You may need more information about the thickness or texture of the toilet paper. Below are some most commonly asked questions about toilet paper dimensions:
What Factors Should I Consider When Picking Toilet Paper?
When picking toilet paper, you should consider the number of sheets per roll, paper quality, type of household, ply, texture, and roll length. Additionally, you should measure your toilet paper holder before selecting a roll to ensure it fits properly. Store it properly so your toilet paper collection doesn't expire, too.
You should consider the target type of household when selecting a roll. For example, a family may require thicker and softer toilet paper than those used in commercial settings. A lower ply will mean less need for reaching for various types of toilet plungers. Once you consider all these factors, you can choose the right toilet paper roll for your needs.
Does the Toilet Paper Texture Matter?
Yes, it does. The softer and fluffier the toilet paper, its dimensions are likely to be bigger. Rougher textures may indicate a smaller diameter.
How Does the Texture of the Toilet Paper Affect its Dimensions?
When buying toilet paper, you should check the texture. A softer, fluffier toilet paper usually has a wider diameter than a rougher texture. The surface is also subject to personal preference, so you should consider this when selecting a toilet paper roll.
What is the Difference Between Single-Ply, Two-Ply, & Three-Ply Toilet Paper?
Single-ply toilet paper has one layer, two-ply has two layers, and three-ply has three layers. The more ply a toilet paper has, the thicker and stronger it will be. The most common type of toilet paper is two-ply.
What is the Difference Between Recycled & Virgin Pulp Toilet Paper?
Virgin pulp and recycled toilet paper differ slightly. The pulp of the toilet paper is essential to consider when choosing a roll. Recycled toilet paper is made from recycled paper and will have a less environmental impact.
Virgin pulp toilet paper is made from new materials and may have a softer feel. The type of pulp affects the overall dimensions of the toilet paper.
What is the Average Length of a Toilet Paper Roll?
The standard toilet paper roll length is usually around 4" to 6" long, equating to approximately 200 feet of paper. Longer toilet paper rolls are also available, and these can be up to 10" long.
Toilet Paper Roll Dimensions Can Vary
Your restroom's comfort and convenience depend on the type of toilet paper you choose. It is essential to consider factors such as the quality, ply, and texture of the toilet paper when purchasing or replacing a roll.
You should also check the dimensions of your toilet paper rolls, including their length and width, to ensure it fits in the holder. With such a wide range of options available, you should be able to find the perfect toilet paper for your needs. Just remember, there's no standard toilet paper roll dimensions you can rely on.