Revamping Toilet Paper Dispenser

3 Materials
15 Minutes
Our toilet paper dispensers are older and don't accommodate the larger rolls of paper and we were tired of the inconvenience. We came up with a thrifty fix that doesn't look bad to picky me.
My husband took part of the tp dispenser to decide what parts were needed. We ended up buying 4 washers and 2 lock washers, plus 2 longer machine screws for each dispenser.
This shows that the tp rubbed against the decorative base of the dispenser and that's what caused difficulty in unrolling the larger rolls.
The above photo shows the two 'arms' the center barrel fits into. The one on the left hasn't been taken apart yet. The one on the right is exploded, showing the original machine screw, the decorative base (there is a set screw you can't see), and the arm that holds the spring-loaded barrel.
He then pushed the new longer machine screw through the base.
He then stacked the washers on in this order: washer, lock washer, washer.
Now he put the arm back on, making sure the set screw and the holes the barrel fit into were all in the proper location. Some dispensers may not have a set screw but might just slide onto a base piece.

He did both sides the same, then reattached the parts to the base piece on our wall, tightened the set screw, put the tp roll on the barrel, and we have an easy-to-roll dispenser. I was amazed at how little we needed to lengthen the arms.

If washers won't work for you we had also thought about using nuts. If the colors are wrong for your dispenser just get spray paint.
Suggested materials:
  • 4 washers   (Hardware store)
  • 2 lock washers
  • 2 machine screws
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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Jan 19, 2017
    Now it matches your fancy toilet! Love that, ha! Thank you for sharing! i see this is your first post, btw. Welcome to posting! :)

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jan 20, 2017
    Yeah, we love the toilets. They do a lot and are easy to clean, inside and out, but the most comments we get regard the heated seat. The night light is one of my favorites. Also loving the changes to the tp dispenser!