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Toilet Paper Dispensers

Even if you enjoyed the previous post on Innovative Toilet Paper, you know a major drawback to using toilet paper as a decorating idea is that it runs out. But you can impress guests with a one-time purchase by installing a very different toilet paper dispenser. And there are a lot of them to choose from!

The Tube

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Tube Tissue Dispensers look like oversize tubes of glue or toothpaste. The crimped end is velcro, so you can load the roll. Then pull the paper out of the cap end as you need it!

Automatic Folder and Dispenser

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This "T-per" may be someone's prototype or personal homemade machine, since it doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere. With the touch of a button, it measures and folds a wad of paper for you. It may seem like a waste of energy, but it would be handy for someone with limited use of two hands. See a video of this contraption in action at Engadget.

iWipe

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Here's a way to recycle and old computer case and make your friends scratch their heads when they see your bathroom. This version uses a Mac SE. Tech Republic has instructions for making your own.

iPod Dock and Toilet Paper Holder

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Many people though the iCarta iPod dock with attached toilet paper holder was a hoax when it first appeared, but this is a real product. Charge your iPod while availing yourself of the facilities! Gizmodo wrote a review of the product. You can order yours from Amazon.

The RSStroom Reader

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It's a gadget for the bathroom that prints out your favorite RSS feeds from the internet directly onto your toilet paper. Unfortunately, it's a hoax. But after the iWipe and the iPod dock, it's easy to believe something like this could exist.

Industrial Wipe

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Low-tech toilet paper holders come in some strange and wonderful designs, too, like the Industrial Wipe TP Holder. This fits in well in a bathroom that has exposed plumbing. Despite the name, it works with all kinds of toilet paper.

Goth

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Speedcult has a variety of strange dispensers, including this lovely bat. They also have holders in the shape of tiki gods, skulls, and flames.

Metal Sculpture

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This delightful holder features a man reading a newspaper as he does his business on a metal pot.

Robot

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The Airyusha Robotan Toilet Paper Holder is made of heavy ceramic and feeds paper out of the "robot's" mouth. It is the only dispenser I've found that comes with a roll of paper, so that you can begin to use it immediately.

Novelty

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Plenty of normal dispensers come in novelty shapes to illustrate your personality, like a fishing reel dispenser, or a cat holding your roll. Almost any animal can be found in the same sort of design. eBay has a wide selection.

Vertical

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With all the strange and artful toilet papers holders available, the one I want seems rather plain. But this design makes the over/under argument a matter of history. It's less likely to attract mischievous cats, too.

See also:

Innovations in Toilet Paper

How to Use Toilet Paper

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Your Dresser Is a Serious Tipping Hazard. Here's How to Fix It
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When it comes to household safety, we’re used to potentially hazardous items being clearly labeled. Hair dryers come with warnings not to use them in the shower; volatile cleaning products implore us not to drink them. But some of the most significant items carrying actual mortality rates are largely ignored: common living room or bedroom furniture.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 30,000 people were treated in emergency rooms from 2014 to 2016 as a result of furniture tipping over on them. Children are at particular risk of being injured or worse when they attempt to climb a dresser or TV stand. As Consumer Reports points out, these items do not have to conform to any universal manufacturing standard and can easily become unstable regardless of their weight, cost, the child’s weight, or other variables. Injuries are also seen when children tug on the furniture or attempt to climb inside the drawers. Since dressers are often in a child's bedroom where they can play unsupervised, the potential for an accident is high.

In testing performed by Consumer Reports, no one brand or style stood out as being inherently safer than the others. So what can consumers do?

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One easy solution is to avoid putting televisions on top of these dressers, since they pose a high risk of falling on top of a child when the dresser is moved. More importantly, child safety advocacy groups advise that adults use anchoring systems for furniture in danger of tipping over. These kits are available via mail order or in retail stores and come with straps that are connected between the furniture and two wall brackets. If weight is applied to the front of the dresser, the straps will keep it from falling over.

Some furniture comes with these kits, or with L-shaped angle brackets. Both are effective, but included straps can often be plastic that degrades over time—they should be nylon or steel. If not, you should opt for a third-party kit.

Advocacy groups have found that a lot of consumers are either unaware these kits exist or find them difficult to install. But it's a relatively easy procedure so long as you secure the anchor into a wall stud and not into drywall, where it will be too loose to stand up to a weight-bearing load. For brick or masonry walls, it’s best to hire a professional. If you’re renting and have been told not to drill into the wall, consult your landlord—it’s likely they’ll agree to waive any restrictions to make for a safer living space.

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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