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?
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