Dimensions of a Roll of Toilet Paper

So what do you do if "dimensions of a roll of toilet paper" is a phrase that shows up repeatedly in searches leading to your site?

toilet paper rolls

I've designed several covers for toilet paper rolls, and the patterns have one thing in common: they don't give specific stitch counts for the covers. Too much variation in rolls, both between brands and within brands - and over time, too. I can tell you what I did, but stitch counts and gauge that worked for my roll of Seventh Generation single-ply may not work for your double roll of two-ply Charmin. "Work until it's large enough" is annoyingly vague, perhaps, but more likely to result in something that fits the roll in question.

But... What if there is no roll to measure against? What if you're making this as a gift, and you don't know what toilet paper the recipient uses?

Horrors. What a calamity.

As I see it, you have two main choices:

  • Use a fresh roll of your toilet paper as a model, trusting to the stretching abilities of yarn to handle larger rolls, and accepting the possibility of a slightly slouchy cover on a smaller roll
  • Find the measurements of the roll somewhere

Well, well, well... What have we here? A chart. With a few measurements. Just a few, mind. I have a small apartment, and I'm not about to buy samples of every make and model of toilet paper just to get measurements. There are limits to my closet space.

Brand Date Width Diameter* Circumference Weight
Seventh Generation, 1 ply, 1000 sheets per roll 2011 4.5"/11.4cm ~4.25"/10.7cm 13.625"/34.7cm 183g
Seventh Generation, 2 ply, 300 sheets per roll, 09/02/11 February 2011 4"/10.1cm ~4.375"/11.3cm 14.5"/37cm 93g
Seventh Generation, 2 ply, 352 sheets per roll, 22:10 23/09/10 September 2010 4.25"/10.7cm ~4"/10.1cm 12.875"/32.5cm 120g
Charmin, unknown 2009 4.5" ~5" 15.5" unknown
*Please note: the rolls are typically not perfect cylinders. The rolls get squashed, and the diameters are not consistent. The circumference is more reliable, and can be divided by pi (3.14) to get the diameter.

I'll add more measurements as I get them. And if you have measurements for a specific roll and would like me to add them to the list, please let me know.