Nothing can ruin your day faster than the crushing realisation that there’s no toilet paper. Panic sets in. Beads of sweat suddenly start to form on your brow. You consider all the options, like: “Do I really need both of my socks?”

Never allow your guests to be in this uncomfortable situation. There’s quite a science to planning how much toilet paper is required – and we’re old hands at it. Here’s how to work out how much toilet paper you need for your next event:

Weighing up the different factors

Just like planning how many toilets you need, planning toilet paper supplies requires careful consideration of three key elements: the number of guests, length of the event, and type of event.

The use of single or two-ply toilet paper also impacts the calculations as two-ply is more absorbent, so guests generally need to use less, but it is more expensive. An average one-ply of toilet roll contains 500 sheets, whereas a 2-ply offers 250-350 sheets. The average person uses 8-9 sheets of toilet paper per use visit, and they are estimated to use 57 sheets per day.

When it comes to shorter events, with smaller crowds, not all guests will make use of the toilet facilities. However, the longer the event, the more likely it is that more guests will need to make use of the facilities. The type of event is also an important factor – if drinks are being served (and if the weather is warmer, people are likely to drink more to stay hydrated) the use of the toilets, and therefore toilet paper, is also going to be higher than average.

For bigger events, we recommend hiring serviced toilets with trained staff on hand to ensure supplies are consistently replenished and the toilets stay clean and comfortable for your guests. It’s always better to have too much toilet paper than too little.

That said, the below is a basic guideline to use when event planning: Toilet paper calculator

Hours         50      100      500   1 000   2 000   3 000   4 000   5 000   6 000   7 000   8 000   9 000 10 000
1 0,5 1 5 10 19 29 38 48 57 67 76 86 95
2 1 2 10 19 38 57 76 95 114 133 152 171 190
3 1 3 14 29 57 86 114 143 171 200 228 257 285
4 2 4 19 38 76 114 152 190 228 266 304 342 380
5 2 5 24 48 95 143 190 238 285 333 380 428 475
6 3 6 29 57 114 171 228 285 342 399 456 513 570
7 3 7 33 67 133 200 266 333 399 466 532 599 665
8 4 8 38 76 152 228 304 380 456 532 608 684 760
9 4 9 43 86 171 257 342 428 513 599 684 770 855
10 5 10 48 95 190 285 380 475 570 665 760 855 950
11 5 10 52 105 209 314 418 523 627 732 836 941 1045
12 6 11 57 114 228 342 456 570 684 798 912 1026 1140
24 11 23 114 228 456 684 912 1140 1368 1596 1824 2052 2280
36 17 34 171 342 684 1026 1368 1710 2052 2394 2736 3078 3420
48 120 46 228 456 912 1368 1824 2280 2736 3192 3648 4104 4560

Toilet paper calculator (based on standard 1-ply rolls)

 

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