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I just repainted my bathroom, and at the same time decided to replace the toilet paper dispenser. I patched the holes from the previous TP holder, so I'm starting with a clean slate.

I'm at the point where I'm ready to install the new dispenser, but I'm not sure which side to hang it on. the walls on both sides of the toilet are an equal distance away, so that is no help in making the decision. And there are no obstructions or other factors to consider, so I'm having a difficult time trying to choose.

Is there a standard when it comes to this, or is it just personal preference? Does handedness of the majority users play a factor? Is there a standard height?

I know this seems like an odd question and it's possibly argumentative, but I have not been able to find any studies or research on the subject. So I figured I'd ask for help.

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I found a study on "over vs under", but still no left or right. – Tester101 Jul 2 '11 at 1:44
Haha- my dilemma is always over or under-- but to be honest i prefer right cause i am right handed.. but in India it will be left always (if they use TP, otherwise they use 'bottom' washer)pun intented.. because of their culture. – ppumkin Jul 4 '11 at 10:43
Split the difference -- hang it from the ceiling. ;) – Ilmari Karonen Nov 18 '15 at 17:30
@Tester101 got a link to that study? – Freiheit Nov 18 '15 at 18:09
Yes. In front works too, but is less common. Behind is annoying. – Wayfaring Stranger Nov 18 '15 at 18:11
up vote 13 down vote accepted

My suggestion would be to put it on the side that makes it invisible or less obvious when looking into the bathroom from outside it.

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Put it on the left side. The other guy's suggestion is on point with most people being right handed, but righties are going to want to have a full reach to their left side with right hand. The dispenser also being on the right side will probably actually present more of an uncomfortable reach.

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Most people are right handed so putting it at the right hand side is more handy.

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Have a seat and see what side/location feels better. Being right handed, if it's any kind of stretch, I want it on the right side. Otherwise, either side should be fine.

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As per the singapore standard is left hand side . only for your own house only you can provide any side but as per building accessibility in singapore is left hand side

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Can you cite a reliable source, or is this simply an observation you've made? – Tester101 Mar 9 '15 at 12:02

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