It’s a pretty simple process to install a bathroom towel rack, but there are a few things that one must keep in mind during the process. These towel racks need to securely hang from the wall, since wet towels will be hanging on the racks. The most important piece of advice I can offer during this process is to make sure that one side of the towel rack hangs from a stud, not just the drywall. Without the extra support of the stud, odds are your towel rack will eventually fall. This article will inform you on how to properly install your bath towel rack.
Step one is finding a spot that’s convenient to hang the towel rack. I’ve seen towel racks placed in locations, where other parts of the bathroom interfere. For example, placing the towel rack behind the door can cause problems when the door is open! I always recommend positioning the towel rack within reaching distance from the shower or tub, since you’ll need the towel upon completion of your shower or bath.
Always make sure that your towel rack is positioned in a spot that will not be exposed to dripping water. Dripping water will damage the rack and this is another way to leave a hole in the wall. You’ll need a stud finder in order to locate the closest stud to your desired location. Keep running the stud finder in that area until you find the stud. This will be where you’ll hang one side of the rack, on the stud.
After choosing the location, it’s time to choose the height. The height will vary based on your preference and the people that will use it most. If you plan on hanging the rack in a bathroom that the children will use, you may want to consider hanging the towel rack on the lower side. You can also hang it at a normal height, but be sure they have a stepstool to reach the towels when needed.
Now that you’ve found a comfortable height, make a note on the stud using a pencil. Proceed by placing one end of the towel rack on the mark, while holding the other end on a horizontal line touching the wall as well. Make sure you have a leveler to confirm it’s on a straight line by holding it over the towel rack. Continue by marking where each spot will be placed, specifically the holes for the screws.
Grab your drill and make the holes in the marked spots on the wall. On the side opposite the stud, you’ll need to place an anchor for extra support. In order to accommodate the anchor, you’ll need to drill a larger hole. Measure this out by holding an anchor up to measure the size of the hole required.
Once you have those holes in place, place the anchors on the weaker side. The anchor will have a wider side and this side should be facing out. At this point, you’ll be able to put the towel rack in its desired position and screw in both sides.
Before completion, it’s always best to test the towel rack. Make sure it can hold the towels and feels firmly placed in the wall. If it feels secure, your towel rack should be good to go!
This author is extremely handy and enjoys remodeling bathrooms. He’s originally from the Mid-West where an electric towel warmer is a must during the cold winter days. He’s also capable of installing hydronic towel warmers, which requires plumbing work. More can be found at his site, electrictowelwarmer.org.