How to Install a Towel Ring
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Finishing out a new or remodeled bathroom requires a wide range of accessories. There are many options for organizing towels, but few work better for hand towels by the sink than the towel ring. A towel ring is easy enough to install over most bathroom wall materials.
Choose a Location
Start the installation by choosing the placement for the ring. Most towel rings are installed next to a sink or vanity to offer a way to dry the hands or face. Mount the ring high enough that the preferred towels won’t drape onto the countertop or into the sink. It’s easiest to install the ring onto drywall, but tile shouldn’t be an issue with the right drill bit. Stone walls or backsplashes covering the desired mounting will require the help of a professional installer. Trace the base of the towel ring with a pencil on the wall in the desired placement.
Drill the Holes
Hold the mounting place up over the shape traced on the wall and center it. Use the pencil to mark the placement of the openings for the mounting screws. Remove the mounting plate and use a power drill to drill two holes. Use a bit designed for the material the wall is covered with. Tile can be tricky to drill without cracking, so have extra tiles on hand for a repair if there’s a problem.
Attach the Mounting Plate
Two anchors are usually included to keep the fasteners from pulling out of drywall materials. Use a hammer or mallet to gently tap these anchors through the drilled holes until they’re flush with the wall. Work slowly and gently to keep from pushing the anchors through or damaging the wall’s surface. Align the mounting plate over the anchors and then screw it on through the anchors with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Hang the Ring
Once the mounting plate is flush and attached, the ring base simply slides over it and attaches with one more slotted set screw. Use a flathead screwdriver to attach the set screw to mount the ring and base to the bracket. Start the screw with both hands and then hold the base with one hand to keep it aligned perfectly as it tightens.