Installing a new towel bar in your bathroom may seem like a simple task, but many consumers struggle with it. Whether you prefer a rod style with two anchor points or a towel loop style with a single anchor point, there are various options available. You can even find space-saving models with articulated arms and multiple shelves for extra towel capacity. Plus, the finish can be chrome, brushed, antique, copper, or any color you can dream of.
Step 1: Determine the Location
First, get an overview of where you want to install the towel bar in your bathroom or shower area.
Step 2: Use the Included Template
Place the included template on the wall and use a level to ensure the rod is straight after installing it on the drywall.
Step 3: Mark the Screw Points
Mark the holes where the drywall anchors and/or screws will be installed using a pencil.
Step 4: Drill and Insert Anchors
Carefully drill into the drywall at the marked screw points and insert the drywall anchors. This step is straightforward and essential for a secure installation.
Step 5: Hammer in the Anchors
Gently tap the anchors into place. If you hit a stud, you can screw directly into the wood for a more secure anchor point.
Step 6: Attach the Rear Bracket
Screw the rear bracket into the wall anchor. The brackets come in various forms, but they generally consist of a rear piece where the front bracket attaches. It can be secured with a small set screw or locked to the bracket’s upward-facing tabs.
Step 7: Secure the Towel Bar
Use a precision screwdriver to secure the bracket to the wall. Slide the towel rail down to secure it to the stand. Make sure to add the horizontal towel bar or bar before securing the second bracket in place.
How to Install a Towel Bar on a Block Wall
When installing a towel rail on a block wall, follow the same steps as above. However, instead of using regular screws, use Tapcon screws or suitable concrete anchors. Before attaching the bracket with screws, pre-drill a hole for either Tapcons or the concrete anchors.
Installing Towel Bars on Plaster and Lathe Walls
For plaster and lathe walls, proceed with steps 1-3. To ensure a secure installation, switch to Molly bolts that expand within the wall.
To install Molly Bolts, use a standard drill bit or a concrete drill bit to pre-drill holes to the recommended size. Then, tap the Molly bolts flush into the wall with a hammer. Finally, turn the screws to enlarge the slotted sleeve in the wall until it holds securely in place.
With the Molly bolts in place, you can remove the threaded screws and proceed to step 6 for installing the brackets.
Installing a towel bar is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few simple steps. However, if attaching the towel bar directly to the wall doesn’t suit your needs, there are plenty of freestanding towel rails available on the market. Choose the option that best fits your bathroom and enjoy the convenience of having a stylish and functional towel bar.