This Sleek, Barely-There Toilet Paper Stand Was Exactly What My Tiny Bathroom Needed

published Sep 12, 2023
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When you’re hunting for an apartment, you never know what annoying quirk your newly rented space will have. In my opinion, after nine years of moving around Brooklyn, there is always one (if not more). With my current one-bedroom place, we’re dealing with a leaky faucet, a front door that is very hard to open (which is sometimes a benefit), and a bathroom with no built-in toilet paper holder.

The latter might not seem like a big deal, but for a while, my boyfriend and I repurposed a storage basket that we placed on top of the toilet tank and stuffed with toilet paper rolls. It wasn’t a great solution — the basket wobbled and only fit about three rolls total. So, I went on the hunt for a more permanent (and stylish) solution. The website I usually turn to for such products is Yamazaki — I own a few of their organizers, and they’ve never steered me wrong. I opted for the Tower Toilet Paper Stand, which seemed to hit most of our criteria.

What Is the Yamazaki Tower Toilet Paper Stand?

The Yamazaki Tower Toilet Paper Stand is a steel, minimalist toilet paper stand. The steel is coated with a white or black paint, depending on which design you opt for. The toilet paper stand comes fully assembled, so all you have to do is take it out of the box it comes in. Yamazaki says that this stand can only hold three rolls, but it can hold up to five or six if you stack the rolls past the metal stand. The top of the stand has a little padded shelf where you can either place toilet paper rolls or decor, such as a candle.

Credit: Alicia Kort.

Why I Love the Yamazaki Tower Toilet Paper Stand

I love it because it doesn’t take up too much space in my (already very small) bathroom. As you can see from the above picture, my bathroom is not that aesthetically pleasing (which is a process that was hurried up by the last person who lived here), so I like that Yamazaki adds a touch of modernity to one of the most-hated spaces in my home. Reviewers have noted that this stand can be a little wobbly, which I didn’t find to be the case — in fact, I would have to deliberately push it over to make it fall. It can also fit more toilet paper rolls than I expected, which is a big bonus for me.

Because we don’t have a built-in toilet paper holder in our bathroom, we use the top shelf for a roll of toilet paper. Even if I could put a candle or something similar there, I probably wouldn’t, as my bathroom traps heat and is humid on the coolest of days. For the price, I think this toilet paper stand is absolutely worth it.