This industrial toilet paper holder is a simple and easy bathroom DIY project that is a fantastic addition to any chic, rustic, or modern style bathroom. It’s also free-standing which means it can be placed anywhere in your bathroom without the need to drill into a wall. This minimalist design was created using 1/2 inch black iron steam piping. All materials can be found at your local hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware). Feel free to follow along with our DIY YouTube video (embedded below) as you are building it. If you love the product but don’t want to build it yourself, you can have us build it for you. Click here to purchase off our site: DIY Industrial Toilet Paper Holder or our Etsy page: Bathroom Toilet Paper Stand
YouTube Video Guide: Native Den DIY YouTube Channel
Skill Level: Beginner
Total Cost to Build: $35.17 (Before Tax)
Time Needed to Complete Project: 1 hour
Materials and Supplies:
Directions: This great looking toilet paper holder was designed out of black steel 1/2 inch piping. Not only does it look great once completed, but it’ll take on a more rustic appeal as the steel ages. We always recommend checking with friends and family for supplies first though. Recycle, Reuse, and Rebuild whenever possible. If that’s not an option, the materials can be found in your local hardware store’s plumbing section.
Step 1 Degrease: As soon as you unwrap the multiple piping pieces, you’ll immediately notice that fine layer of black grease on top of the piping. For this reason, we recommend wearing work gloves to prevent getting grease all over your hands. Also, you’ll want to choose a surface to work on that you don’t mind getting dirty. If you don’t have any degreaser under your kitchen sink, you can simply pick one up while you’re purchasing the other supplies. Degreaser only costs $2-3 per bottle. Your work area should look similar to the picture below once all the piping is unwrapped.
Begin degreasing by spraying the piping thoroughly. Turn the piping over to cover all the sides. Let it sit for a couple minutes to loosen the grease. Using an old cloth or rag, wipe the piping down by applying pressure and scrubbing off the grease. This may take a couple tries to get all of the grease off.
Step 2 Locking Tape (Optional): As noted, this is an optional step. Typically, piping can be tightened enough without using any tape to securely hold it in place. I always like to make extra sure it’ll never move by applying a layer of tape onto the ends of the piping. Although locking tape is not included in the materials, it can be purchased at your local hardware store for around $2 per roll. I like to use Oatey FASTtape because it matches the piping color.
Simply unravel and cut a strip of tape so that it is long enough to wrap around the end of the pipe one time. As shown in the picture below, wrap the tape around the end of the pipe and press firmly with your fingers to secure it in place. Do this for all of the threaded ends.
Step 3 Assembly of base: Now the fun part begins. Below you’ll find pictures for putting together the base. Keep in mind, you’ll want to tighten the piping as securely as possible. You don’t want this ever loosening once built.
Your industrial toilet paper base assembly should now be compete. Here’s a look at where you should be at the end of step 3.
Step 4 Assembly of top. You are more than halfway done with the assembly! Let’s get the top of the toilet paper holder built. I’ve included pictures below similar to step 3. Remember to screw all the piping in as tightly and securely as possible.
Make sure the 6 inch bar, used for holding the toilet paper, is lined up exactly perpendicular to the cross bar on the bottom of the holder. That’s it! The product is now fully assembled. If you notice any locking tape sticking out after screwing the piping together, it can be easily removed by taking scissors, a paper clip, or anything with a point and scraping it off.
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Craig Folmer | Owner Native Den