Jul 28, 2009
You’re not going crazy and you’re hands aren’t getting any bigger. One of closest companions is actually getting smaller.
Toilet paper was originally manufactured 4.5” wide by 4.5” long, which is relative to the average man’s hand size. The square makes it convenient to fold over a few times and still be acceptable for size/ sanitary coverage. Basically, the size was established because it worked – kind of like the 90-foot pitcher’s mound and the 10-foot basketball rim.
However, the size of toilet tissue has been reduced in the last decade as manufacturers try to trim costs by trimming sheet size.
Currently, most TP rolls are still 4.5” wide (or close too it at least), but have may contain much shorter sheets. Typical sizes of popular brands include:
– Kleenex Cottonelle; Standard : 4.5 x 4.0
– Angel Soft; Standard: 4.5 x 4.0
– Charmin Basic: 4.4 x 4.3
– Quilted Northern: 4.5 x 4.05
**Product Update: As of November 1, 2009, Private Label brands Boardwalk and Windsoft Toilet Paper no longer produce sheets in 4.5″ x 4.5″ sizes. Both brands have reduced their sheet size to 4.5″ x 4.25″. Thank you to Phil for bringing this to our attention.**