Small bathroom makeovers are a great way to
upgrade your home and save a bit of money by doing it yourself. So in today’s video,
I’m going to give you some quick tips on how to install towel bars so that they never
pull out of the wall again, and they’re super solid for years and years and years.
So we’re going to show you how to install these ones here. They’re pretty awesome.
They’re by American Standard. They’re called the Green Tea Towel Bars. We’ll show
you the installation, and I’ll give you those tips right now.
Here’s my number one tip for you when it comes to mounting towel bars and toilet paper
holders to drywall or plaster: Find a stud. Or if you have the wall open, add wood blocking
in the stud wall where you want the towel bar or the toilet paper holder to go.
So one of the best places to start on a wall where you’re going to put your towel bar,
if you have a GFCI, is to start right there. So in a bathroom, you should have a GFCI on
the wall. And most likely, the electrical box is going to be mounted to a stud. Take
your stud finder, place it on the wall, and sure enough right here is where the stud is
located. So we’re going to start here, and we’re going to work our way over and try
to find the next one. Now here’s the deal with this old bathroom.
This wall is so wonky that the studs are not facing like they typically would in a new
home. So the stud is a 2” x 4”, but really it’s 3 ½” x 1 ½”. And the 1 ½”
part of that stud is facing you. But in this wall, the studs are flipped, and the 3 ½”
portion of the stud is actually facing outward. So these are 18” towel bars, and that kind
of is a good thing for your towels, but it’s not a great thing for stud walls because if
I place this on the wall on a stud, it’s going to be on one stud and then it’s going
to span over the 16” and be in a dead space or just drywall. But in this case, I’m lucky
because this wonky wall actually helped me out. So I’m going to place the center of
the right side of the towel bar on the stud, and then we’re going to find the other stud
over here, and we’re going to place the towel bar there. So both sides of this towel
bar are going to be anchored in a stud or on wood, and that’s a great thing.
Once you find your stud, the next thing you should do is grab a level. This is just a
2’ level. This is by Empire. And the nice thing is, what you can do is just line it
up where you want the right-hand side in this case of that towel bar to be, and make sure
that your level is absolutely level, and then place a mark where the next stud is located.
So now you have a reference line to make sure that that towel bar is absolutely level. Because
you don’t want the towel bar to be sloped like this. It just isn’t going to look good.
So definitely just go out and buy yourself a 2’ level and do this.
By the way if you’re wondering, I’m placing this towel bar at 43” up off the finish
floor. It’s a comfortable height. And the reason why I have to do that is so that we
can be a few inches below the wall plate for the GFCI here.
These are the towel bars that I’m mounting. They’re made by American Standard. They’re
called the Green Tea Towel Bars. But nonetheless, they come with these mounting brackets that
are embedded via a set screw. So you just take an Allen Wrench, you loosen the set screw,
and you pull the mounting bracket out from the towel bar. So these are pretty great because
they have four different screw holes in them. So what I’m going to actually do is center
this using the top screw hole. This mark on the wall here represents where
this bracket needs to go. It also represents where the stud is located. I’m going to
use 1 ½” wood screws because we’re going to placing this right into a wood stud. The
only thing that’s a little bit tricky with this particular bracket is the shape. So we
definitely want to make sure that it’s nice and level before we mount it into the wall
with the other screw. In this particular instance, I’m placing
my tape measure on the center hole here in the center of the bracket, and measuring over
18”. This will give me the center of the next bracket. I also measured 43” up off
the floor. Now that only works if your floor is absolutely level. So make sure you double
check this mark with a level. And there you go. It actually is pretty level. That’s
good. So what we’re going to do is place another screw in the top hole of this mounting
bracket. At this point, it’s a good idea to dry fit
your towel bar on the brackets. Looks good. So the next step is to just add in this case
two more screws to each bracket. Okay, then you just slide the towel bar onto the brackets
and then tighten them using the Allen Wrench. Now because this is a small bathroom makeover,
I had to stack the second towel bar above the first towel bar primarily because I wanted
this to be on a stud, but also we just kind of ran out of space on this wall here. Now
the top of the second towel bar is in line with the wall plate for the GFCI. I did that
on purpose because I just thought it would look better.
All right, so now it’s time to install the toilet paper holder. One of the biggest tips
that I have for you, and I mentioned this at the beginning, is to put a 2” x 6”
or a 2” x 8” or a 2” x 10” in the wall if you are redoing the drywall in the
bathroom so that that toilet paper holder has something to anchor into. Obviously it’s
being used a lot, most likely, and it’s going to take some wear and tear. And so it
will become loose over time if it’s just anchored into the plaster or the drywall.
And I totally understand if you can’t put 2” x material on the wall, but that is the
best practice if you’re redoing the redoing the entire bathroom.
If you didn’t put any 2” x material in the wall, you can always just again double
check where that stud is. And there’s one right here. So technically what I could do
is just put the toilet paper holder right here centered on this stud. But I know that
if I come up here, I have a big piece of 2” x 10” in the wall. So I can actually mount
the toilet paper holder right here, and I should be good to go. That’s a comfortable
location for this toilet. Now when it comes to toilet paper holders,
I like the type whereby you can just slide the toilet paper on it. So for example, just
like that. You’re good to go. And the reason why is, for whatever reason—I don’t know
why—people find it hard to put the toilet paper holder together. So just having something
like this that’s quick and easy… So again, this is the Green Tea Toilet Paper
Holder by American Standard, and it’s pretty nice because it matches the towel bars over
there. So always try to match your towel bars with your toilet paper holder.
Now that I think about it, I probably am going to mount this right off the stud because if
I put it right here, somebody can bump right into it. So moving it farther back is most
likely a better option for me because this is a very, very tight bathroom.
In terms of the height of the toilet paper holder here, I’m just going to mount it
at about 28”. We found the center of the stud here, indicated by the middle light,
and I’m just going to make a pencil mark there—the 28” mark.
Yeah, I admit that’s a little overkill for a toilet paper holder, but meh. There you
go. That’s a solid toilet paper holder right there.
The tips in today’s tutorial will definitely help you out with your toilet bathroom makeover.
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That’s it for today. Let me know what your questions are down in the comments. I’d
be more than happy to help you out. Take care, and we’ll talk to you soon.