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Toilet Paper Roll Dimensions (How long, Wide, Tall & Weight)

by | Mar 22, 2022 | Plumbing Guides

Do you know the toilet paper roll dimensions of your favorite brand? I didn’t until I went on a quest to find out.

At some point, we’ve all had to wonder about the dimensions of a toilet paper roll. How long is it? How wide? How tall? How much does it weigh? Is there a standard size?

Well, when the world was running out of toilet paper, I did some digging and found out the dimensions of a standard toilet paper roll. And trust me, you’re going to want to know this information for when you’re shopping for your next toilet paper supply.

With this information, you will be able to calculate how many pieces of toilet paper you need for your household for a week, a month, or even a year. So keep reading to learn all about it.

Toilet paper role dimensions

Turns out, there is no standard size for toilet paper rolls. The dimensions vary depending on the brand and style of toilet paper.

That said, let’s determine the average length, width, height, and weight of toilet paper so that the next time you’re at the store, you will be able to pay attention to the size of the toilet paper rolls you buy.

How long is a toilet paper roll when unrolled?

The length of a toilet paper roll depends on the size of the role but most are about 8 to 9 inches long. This is equivalent to about 0.20 meters in length.

It is however worth noting that a standard 2-ply roll is about 500 sheets long, but there are many different sizes depending on the brand.

How wide is a roll of toilet paper?

The cardboard or the roll tube inside the toilet paper measures about 6 inches wide. This is an indication that the width of the toilet paper itself should be the same or slightly lower.

So, the average width of a regular toilet paper tends to be about 4 to 4.5 inches wide and can vary slightly depending on the brand. For instance, some brands like Jumbo rolls measure about 9 inches wide.

How many sheets of toilet paper are in a roll?

Most toilet paper brands have around 500 sheets of paper for a 2 ply and 1000 sheets for a 1-ply. So the number of sheets in toilet paper varies among brands and ply types.

Toilet paper roll dimensions (How long, tall, wide and heavy)

For instance, Quilted Northern Ultra Plush toilet paper has 319 3-ply sheets per roll while Scott Tube-Free toilet paper only has 290 1-ply sheets per roll and Charmin Ultra Soft only has 142 2-ply sheets per roll

In most cases, two-ply toilet papers have fewer sheets than single-ply since they have 2 layers and are thick.

How tall is a roll of toilet paper?

A roll of toilet paper generally measures around 4 to 6 inches in height. However, the specific height can vary depending on the brand and type of toilet paper. For example, a roll of single-ply toilet paper is typically taller than a roll of double-ply toilet paper to compensate for the lack of thickness. So, if you’re wondering how tall a roll of toilet paper is, it really depends on which kind you’re using.

How much does a toilet paper roll weigh?

On average, a toilet paper roll weighs about 100 and 250 grams. However, the weight can vary slightly depending on the brand, size, and type of toilet paper.


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How long should the average roll of toilet paper last?

A single roll of toilet paper should last the average person about a week. Of course, this depends on how much you use the restroom each day and how many sheets you use per visit.

Toilet paper rolls typically contain 250 to 1000 sheets. So if you use the bathroom six times a day and use six sheets each time, one roll with 250 sheets should last you approximately 7 days.

Some people may go through a roll more quickly or slowly, so it really varies from person to person. However, one thing is for sure, there are several factors that determine how long your toilet paper roll should last;

1. Brand

We have stated several times that toilet paper rolls vary depending on the brand. For instance, in regards to quality, some brands use a softer, more absorbent paper than others. This can make a big difference in how comfortable the toilet paper is to use and how much you need to use per toilet visit.

Other brands make their rolls larger or smaller than others in terms of the number of sheets. Smaller rolls will not last long since they have fewer sheets than larger rolls.


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2.  Number of plies

The number of plies in toilet paper varies depending on the brand, but most brands offer 1-ply or 2-ply options.

Ply refers to the number of layers that a toilet roll has and it varies from one brand to another. For instance, Scott offers one-ply toilet paper and two-ply toilet paper.

The reason for the variation in ply is that it provides people with different levels of softness and durability. The more the plies, the softer the tp will be, but it will also be less durable. Conversely, the fewer the plies, the more durable the tp will be, but it will also be less soft.

So it ultimately comes down to personal preference as to how many plies someone wants their toilet paper to have and how long they want the toilet paper to last.

3. Gender

People use different amounts of toilet paper depending on their own personal preferences and habits.

However, there is a common belief that women use more toilet paper than men, which is not always the case. Some studies have shown that men do tend to use more toilet paper than women on average.

One possible explanation for this difference is that men often have larger body frames than women, and thus may need more toilet paper to adequately clean up.

Additionally, it could be argued that because societal norms dictate that it is more socially acceptable for men to openly display their hygiene habits than it is for women, men may be more likely to report using more toilet paper than they actually do.

One forum user said;

Every man I know uses about a quarter roll of tp per long call. Women have to wipe way more but they still use a fraction of what men use”

Based on this assumption, your toilet paper may not last very long if you have more men than women in your household.

3. Number of users

This goes without saying that the more the number of toilet paper users in your home, the higher the usage. So you will find yourself replacing the toilet paper more often than you would with fewer users.

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How many rolls of toilet paper per person per month?

It really depends on the person. I would say an average person probably uses about 4-5 rolls of toilet paper per month.

However, some people go through a lot of toilet paper each month while others barely use any.

For instance, according to a study by Angel Soft and Quilted Northern manufacturers, an average household of about 3 people in the U.S uses about 409 rolls of toilet paper a year. This translates to about 11.5 roles per person per month. So, if you’re looking for a ballpark figure, that’s probably a good place to start.

Conclusion

To summarize, toilet paper roll dimensions are not standard. But on average, the length is about 8.5 inches long, the width is 4 inches and it weighs about 8 ounces. The height can vary depending on the type of TP roll, but it’s usually around 5 or 6 inches.

On average, men tend to use more toilet paper than women while an average American household uses about 11.5 pieces of toilet paper a month.

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