What's the right way to put TP on the roll

How do you TP?

  • Under method: the loose part facing the wall

  • Over method: the loose part facing the person

  • Doesn't matter

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la miss

May 4, 2007
Each semester as finals approach I get more and more tense until I become absolutely impossible to live with. Well, finals are mere weeks away and I have been trying to keep my various random rants under control before DH divorces me. Lol j/k he has been so supportive and understanding and sweet. :love:

Anyway, my latest rant is: two days ago DH changed the roll of toilet paper in the powder room. Every time I go in there it just bugs the heck out of me that he puts the roll so that the loose part is hanging facing the wall (the "under" method). I believe that the correct way to install a roll of TP is so the loose part is facing the person (the "over" method). Of course I have not said anything to DH because I realize I am kind of insane right now.

Out of curiosity. How do you install your TP?


Sep 8, 2006
Amid Mountains of Handbags
We use the "over" method as well.

The only time we used the "under" method was when the kids were little. They were fascinated with unrolling the TP. Someone told me that if the TP is put on the roll using the "under" method, it can't be unrolled as easily...it worked for us!


Nov 10, 2007
Usability of Toilet Paper

by ANDREW HEDGES :: OCT 5, 2006 :: COMMENTS (13)
Over or under? It’s the age-old question when it comes to orientation of toilet paper rolls. For those who suffer from option paralysis when it comes time to replace the TP, fret no more! Clearwired has uncovered the definitive Truth on the subject.
Unbeknownst to my coworkers, I conducted a little experiment recently in our bathroom. A couple of weeks ago both toilet paper rolls ran out at about the same time. I took this as an opportunity to prove, once-and-for-all, that running the toilet paper over the roll is superior to under the roll.
I replaced the two rolls of toilet paper, one in each orientation. Conscious of my personal bias, I placed my preferred method further away from the toilet on the theory that a typical person, all things being equal, will take his TP from the nearest source. (Are Clearwired employees typical people? Wait, don’t answer that…) Since then, I have been careful not to affect the results by using equal numbers of squares from each roll.
As I suspected would happen, the “over” roll has been used at a greater rate than the “under” roll. Behold the proof.
I have a theory as to why this is the case (this is where the usability part comes in). With an over roll, you can easily see where the end of the TP is. There is no ambiguity about where to grab hold. With under rolls, you’re lucky to see a little corner of the last square. Usually, you have to bend down, grope around, or spin the roll to find the last square.
There you have it, proof that over is superior to under. But don’t take my word for it. According to the research, 68% of the population prefers over. I rest my case.


not humored
Nov 7, 2006
Hysterical. I am under! I think it is actually easier to use an under roll for all the same reasons stated in the argument for the over roll.
My friend who owns a B&B, tried to sway me by making these cute little diamonds with the edges of the over roll...but, alas, I would not be swayed!!!
Under, all the way.