Installing bathroom hardware, like towel rings and bars, is not always as straightforward as you think. First, you have to find the right place to put them — and then you have to install your hardware without wrecking your walls! From tips on selecting the best placement to whether or not you should use plastic hangers, we have some steps for making this DIY project a little easier. Read on for a few recommendations, and what to do if you need to make a repair down the road.
Step 1: Find the best placement for your bathroom hardware.
Before installing any bathroom hardware, consider the layout of the room. Location is key. It’s important to consider the natural flow and function of the room and not just what is most pleasing to the eyes.
Think about how the bathroom is used and where you intuitively reach for a towel. For example, your hand towel ring should be in arm’s reach of your bathroom sink, not somewhere behind you. You also don’t want to walk across the room to grab a towel when you get out of the shower. You want it right there when you step out.
Of course you want your hardware to look nice in your bathroom, but consider comfort too, before you turn on that electric drill. Surely you can find a compromise that is both attractive and functional.
Step 2: Line up your ring or bar.
Once you have a general idea of where you want your towel rings and bars to go, you can pin down the exact spot for your installation. Make sure your hardware is centered and is about 48 inches from the floor. This is a good height for a bathroom that is predominantly used by adults. If you are installing towel rings and bars in a kids’ bathroom, drop your hardware down to 36 inches. This will better accommodate the height of teenagers and children. Once you have found this spot, make a small mark exactly where your mounting bracket will go, using a pencil.
Step 3: Attach the mounting bracket.
The last step will be to actually install your ring or bar. You have your mark already, so you know exactly where your mounting bracket will go. Attach your mounting bracket using screws and an electric drill. If you are going to install your hardware in a wall stud, you can just use standard screws. If it’s going to be installed in dry wall, you’ll want to use plastic hangers. Once the mounting bracket is secured, you can mount your towel ring or bar and secure it with any associated pieces.
That’s it! Easy, wasn’t it? This seemingly overwhelming task is actually incredibly simple and takes just a few minutes to complete. If, down the road, your bar or ring becomes loose, it is as just as straightforward to repair. All you’ll need to do is remove the screws and mounting bracket, and reinstall your towel ring or towel bar using toggle bolts.
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