Towel bar installation is probably one of the easiest DIY projects out there, but more often than not it’s probably going to get screwed up. Why? Because a number of minor things can go wrong that eventually leads up to the perfect storm of towel bar destruction. Install your towel bar the right way using the following steps for success.
Placement is one of the keys to success. Choosing the right area to install your towel bar is just as important as making sure its level. Look for an area that is within close proximity of the tub or shower. You also want to avoid placing the towel bar in certain areas where it can get in the way. Never place a towel bar behind a swinging door or it could easily damage the door.
Standard towel bar height is important in the placement process as well. The typical height for a towel bar is 48 inches from the floor up the wall. While this measurement is standard, it’s not written in stone that it has to be that high off of the floor. Make it a comfortable height if 48 inches feels too high or short for you.
Placement over a stud is also important. While you’ll probably not be able to hit both ends of the towel bar on a stud, hitting at least one end is very important. You can always secure one side with a toggle or molly bolt-just not both or the towel bar could end up falling off of the wall.
Unless your bathroom flooring is uneven (like textured tiles) then you’ll want to just measure up from the floor 48 inches for each side of the towel bar. You can also just measure down from your ceiling (if it’s not slanted) to get a level mark for the towel bar.
If you need to use a level, make a mark on one side of the wall first at 48 inches off of the floor. Hold the towel bar in place with the level resting firmly on top (sometimes it’s best to have a helper hold the towel bar while you make the mark) and mark the other side with a pencil.
In cases where the mounting bracket is separate from the actual towel bar, you’ll need to level the towel bar using a different approach. Install the first mounting bracket to the stud at 48 inches. Once it’s secure, hold a level on top of the bracket. Use the other bracket to support the other end of the level. Once it’s level, mark the holes for the screws on the wall with a pencil.
Be sure that any screw cover plates are in place before actually attaching the towel bar to the wall or else you’ll need to take it off and start over. If you’re installing a metal towel bar, be sure to use a small handheld power screwdriver versus a larger screw gun to avoid scratching its surface. Sometimes, using your own longer screws can help keep a towel in place for good.