The Ingenious Paper Towel Holder That Takes Up Zero Space (It’s So Stylish, Too!)

published Sep 23, 2023
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It’s fair to say I’m partial to under-the-radar organization, like these under-cabinet mounts which satisfy my need to have a place for everything. Yamazaki Home often comes through with functional and minimally beautiful solutions, and this under-shelf paper towel holder is a prime example. It simply hooks over the edge of a shelf and comes with a screw-in anchor to hold it securely in place.

Since the anchors have undetectably thin rubber padding, there’s no damage made to your wood, metal, or other shelf materials (and they don’t look bulky or unattractive either). The holder simply slips vertically over an inch or less of shelf thickness and hangs in a space that would otherwise go unused, so it takes up significantly less room than a stand-up paper towel holder that hangs out on your countertop or one that lays on hooks horizontally.

Personally, I prefer how much less visible the paper towels are with Yamazaki’s solution — especially if it’s used in a cabinet shelf. For any shelf that’s less than an inch thick, this paper towel holder is a sustainable solution that’s out of the way, easy to empty out, and a cinch to reload as rolls need to be replaced. And, unlike so many other mounted or hung paper towel holders that I’ve used in the past, Yamazaki’s actually fits XL-sized rolls so you don’t need to buy more than you have storage space for, or than you even need to use.

This article originally published on The Kitchn. See it there: The Ingenious Paper Towel Holder That Takes Up Zero Space (It’s So Stylish, Too!)