DIY Paper Towel Space Saver

Hi everyone, Jessica here sending you a warm greeting! I completed this project months ago, but just hadn’t gotten around to posting it. If there is one area of our home which I wish we would have configured differently when we were designing it, it would be the pantry. Although deep, it is quite narrow. My husband being 6’4″ has a bit of a struggle when he goes in there! He typically makes some type of disgruntled sound as he maneuvers his body in weird positions to reach something on a back shelf.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s actually quite a bit of storage room, but it is tucked way in the back in a space that sits under our stairwell. This is good for housing supplies and emergency canned goods, but it is not practical for everyday use. You literally have to crawl on all fours to access it.

With a family of 6, we are constantly cleaning up messes and spills. Having a good stash of paper towels at our disposal is very useful. In an effort to use every inch of our pantry wisely, I decided to create this paper towel holder on a narrow strip of wall at the very entrance of our pantry. It has been one of the BEST and easiest projects I have done.

Here is the wall before. As you can see, there’s not a whole lot of room available since we have shelving on both sides of the pantry. So creating a vertical holder was the ideal way to go.


**Anchors and screws. I got this set of self-drilling anchors and screws which worked marvelously.
**Scrap wood
**Drill with drill bit
**Hooks (4)
**Two bungee cords. I found these on amazon. The length is perfect for this project and I had plenty left over for other house projects.

Let’s Get Started

To begin cut two small pieces of scrap wood 11″ long and 2″ wide. (These dimensions can vary slightly). These wood pieces will hold your hooks for the bungee cords. Using your drill with a drill bit that is the width or a little bit wider than that of the stem of your screws, drill two holes into each piece of wood. Place your holes at the far ends of your wood pieces. (see pic below)

Once you’ve made your holes, hold each piece up to the wall at the location where you will mount it. Using your sharpie, mark a dot on the wall, through each hole. These marks will show you where to screw in your anchors. Be sure to screw in your anchors before drilling in your screws to the wall. This will make sure your pieces are strongly secured to the wall. You don’t want your paper towel holder to loosen later.

I measured a distance of 52″ between my top and bottom pieces. This distance allows for 9 or 10 paper towel rolls in the holder. You can make it less or more of a distance. 

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Once my wood pieces were mounted on the wall, I painted them the same color as my wall so they would blend in better.

Next I drilled a small pilot hole for the hooks and screwed in two hooks per piece. You may not need to make pilot holes. You may be able to twist your hooks in by hand.

Finally, take your bungee cords and hook them to the top hooks, then pull them down and connect them to the bottom hooks.
Then simply slide in your paper towel rolls.

And that’s it friends! Pretty easy huh? This paper towel holder may not be the fanciest looking, but it sure is functional and a great organization tool (two qualities I love!). If you tuck it in a pantry or closet you don’t have to worry about looks.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you again soon!

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