Use our expert tips to assure a smooth installation of a towel rack, soap dish, toilet-paper holder, and handgrip.
Select a group of amenities that go well together. Don't be shy about buying more expensive hardware; the price is relatively small in comparison to most improvements.
See tips and instructions below.
1. Decide on towel rack placement. Place towel racks where towels can hang about two-thirds of their full length. You probably will not be able to position the rack so the screws hit wall studs, but you do want a wall with some strength.
2. Use toggle bolts. Many homeowners tend to use plastic wall anchors, which are not as strong. If you have lath-and-plaster walls, screwing into a piece of lath may provide adequate support. If you lack sufficient wall space, a rack or hook on the back of the door may be a better option.
See more installation instructions below.
1. For best results, look for the type of soap dish that installs right into a tiled wall (see illustration). There are plenty of attractive options to suit every taste.
2. Remove two tiles from the area; apply adhesive.
3. Tape the dish in place until the adhesive sets.
4. Finish the edges with caulk or grout.
(standard recessed) 1. Make sure you will not run into a stud. Drill test holes or use a stud-finding device.
2. Cut the hole carefully so you won't have to patch the wall.
3. Use construction adhesive and (if possible) screws to anchor a piece of 2x4 to the back of the cavity.
4. Let the adhesive dry. Attach the holder to the 2x4 with screws.
A secure handgrip is a helpful aid for the elderly or disabled.
1. Locate the wall studs.
2. Position the handrail as desired.
3. Drive screws through hardware into the studs.