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Monday, 23 May 2011

How do you hang yours? A tissue issue

Here at Toilet Twinning we’re pretty passionate about toilets, and understandably so. Knowing that 2.6 billion people in the world don’t have access to a loo makes you appreciate yours that little bit more!

However, even with our abundance of toilets we’re still not happy, and there’s one small detail that provokes surprisingly strong opinions and even an evangelistic zeal to re-educate those who are wrong.

The issue? Which way you hang your toilet roll of course! Are you an over-hanger or an under-hanger?

A quick internet search soon reveals that this is an issue as old as toilet paper itself (well, as old as toilet toll holders anyway; here's just one example). There’s even a Wikipedia entry.

For some, it’s an inconsequential detail, while others will change someone’s loo roll if hung the wrong way.

Various ‘scientific’ reasons for the superiority of the one method over the other are proposed. These include, but are not be limited to:
Over – ease of access, increased ease of tearing, reduced risk of scraping the wall with your knuckles
Under – less accessible to cats and young children, loose end hidden from view resulting in a tidier appearance

A recent study has found that those who prefer over like to take charge, are over-achievers and stay organized; whereas under-hangers are laid back, dependable and artistic.

Of course, if you’ve spent much time in some other parts of the world the necessity for toilet paper is up for debate. But that’s a whole other question.

At the end of the day it’s a matter of personal preference and there is no official Toilet Twinning position. Just be warned that if you invite certain members of the Toilet Twinning team round to your house you may find your toilet roll has been re-hung according to their specifications.

We’ve seen what the science says but we want to know what you think. Vote in our poll to determine whether under or over is best.

How Do you Hang Yours?

Are you an over-hanger or and under-hanger?

(Photo courtesy of www.currentconfig.com)


  1. the issue is not whether it's under or over, but rather who changes it. I live in a house with four women of varying ages and not one of them changes the loo roll. It's a man's job apparently.

    Richard Dickson

  2. Is it bad to change it in other people's loos if they have got it under and I prefer it over?

    Vanessa Tyler

  3. Yeah, I think it's a personal preference and you should leave it how they have it.

  4. The hotels that I have stayed in are all "over" so that the leading edge can be folded to show that the room cleaner has been around. And hotels do not have cats so one argument for "under" is irrelevant