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

published Dec 2, 2022
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Spacious kitchen with open shelving and solid oak work surfaces. The pendant lights and units are both by Ikea.
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It’s fair to say I’m partial to under-the-radar organization. Hacks like these under-cabinet mounts for my myriad of stand mixer attachments satisfy my need to have a place for everything. Yamazaki Home tends to come 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, be it exposed or stored away in a cabinet or pantry, and comes with a screw-in anchor to hold it securely in place. And, 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. Plus, the brand is offering 180-day free returns through Dec. 31 if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase — though we doubt that’ll be the case. I could go on, but I’ve got a basket that’s long overdue for a fill at Yamazaki.