A towel rail is perhaps one of the most underrated fixtures in any bathroom. And is one of the simpler DIY projects.

After all, handling the wet and heavy towels after a shower would be really troublesome if there wasn't one installed in your bathroom. And nothing’s worse than the towel accidentally falling onto the floor.

Thus, fixing a towel rail is an essential part of ensuring your bathroom is safe and convenient for use. But the process of setting it up might seem tricky at first since you need to make several important considerations and follow specific techniques. 

That’s why we have tried to explain the nitty-gritty of the installation procedure in a simple way. Give it a read and see for yourself. 

A Step-By-Step Guide To Installing A Towel Rail

Silver Towel Rack Near Mirror In Bathroom

Things To Keep In Mind

After you’ve decided to put up a towel rail in the bathroom, the first thing you must consider is, of course, buying a good quality model. There are innumerable options to choose from, and not all of them are reliable enough. So, be careful while going through the customer reviews and opt for one which seems strong, durable, and convenient enough. 

And before you begin the installation, make sure to keep your hands and eyes protected with professional-grade gloves and safety glasses, respectively. Plus, remember that you should mount the towel rail securely and ensure that it is level with the floor. 

And here comes the most crucial part- the installation process will be different based on whether the bathroom wall has a wall stud in the required position. Wall studs are framing elements used for attaching useful furniture or other fixtures such as towel rails. 

So, in case the studs aren’t positioned as per your requirements, you’ll have to use a wall anchor. Note that we’ll deal with both procedures in our guide. 

Method 1: Using Wall Studs 

Tool And Materials Needed

  • Towel rail 
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Allen key
  • Tape measure
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Nylon wall plugs
  • Masking tape

The Process

Step 1: Marking the Position of the Rail

To start with, you’ll need to assemble the towel rail and then select the position on the wall where you’ll install it. Remember that you should place the rail away from the plug points and at such a height that the towels never touch the floor. 

Next, you must determine the positions of the wall studs using an electronic stud finder and mark those using a pencil. Then place the rail on the wall to mark its first mounting point, making sure it’s in line with the stud. 

Step 2: Installing The Top Brackets For Mounting The Rail

Now, you’ll have to screw the first mounting bracket into the stud. Then mark the second point on the wall as per the length of the towel rail. On a side note, the measurement should be accurate as wrongly positioning the mounting bracket would make it impossible to install the rail. Consequently, you’ll have to unscrew the bracket and repeat this step again. 

To position the mounting brackets at equal height, use the spirit level. In case the second mounting point isn’t on a stud, you can reinforce it using a nylon plug before fixing the bracket. 

Step 3: Installing the Bottom Brackets And The Rail 

Before the final installation, take the towel rail and place it on the two mounting brackets at the top. Follow this by marking the mounting points at the bottom. Then remove the towel rail to screw in the bottom brackets, again using nylon plugs if necessary. Complete the process by installing the rail on the brackets and fixing it using the Allen key. 

Method 2: Using Wall Anchors

Tools Needed

  • Metal toggle anchors
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Screws

The Process 

Step 1: Marking Position Of The Towel Rail

Begin by marking the position where you want to fix one end of the towel rail. Then screw in one toggle anchor at the mark until its head is level with the wall. Note that you won’t need a starter hole in this case. 

Step 2: Mounting Bracket To The Wall

Now, attach the first mounting bracket to the anchor. With this, the toggle will swivel into position as you drive in the screw. Keep on turning the screw till the toggle is snug against the backside of the wall. 

Follow this by holding the towel rail in the desired position against the wall and drawing a vertical mark at level with the screw hold on the other mounting bracket of the rail. It should, of course, be in line with the first toggle anchor.

Then use the rail to put a horizontal mark across the former vertical mark. Finally, drive another anchor into the spot where the horizontal and vertical marks cross. 

Step 3: Fixing Towel Rack To Wall

To complete the process, mark the location of the remaining screw holes for other mounting brackets in a similar way. Fix toggle anchors on each of these spots. Then drive the screws through these mounts as in the previous step.

This will make the wall ready for holding the rail, so go ahead and fix the rail on the mounting brackets.

Small Towel Rack With Bar For Face Washers

Installing Your New Towel Rail

That was all you had to know about installing towel rails. We hope you’ll find it much simpler now. 

So, start by examining the studs in your bathroom wall and proceed accordingly. And in no time, your towel rail will be up on the wall, ready for use. Again, ensure that you perform all the measurements and accurately make the markings on the wall, as that’s the key to a smooth installation. 

In case you have any other queries, just type them in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

It’s time to wrap up now. We will see you soon with more ideas on how you can renovate your bathroom

Till then, all the best! 

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