Home Depot Towel Bar

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Home Depot Towel Bar

The simplest high-strength solution, if there isn’t blocking behind the plaster to support it, is to mount the towel rack on an attractive piece of well-varnished wood (or a piece painted to match the room’s trim) and mount that to two studs. Obviously this won’t suit all tastes. Then again, no towel bar will suit all tastes.

Home Depot Towel Bar

Pre-existing blocking is the best. Studs are ideal, but the (usually) supplied drywall anchors are adequate for the intended purpose. If someone uses the towel bar as a grab bar, you can upgrade to toggle bolts in the future.

Home Depot Towel Bar

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The towel bar is 24 in. long, therefore the fabric length needs to be 24 in. to match. However, based on the size of books needed to be held, cut the depth to properly hold. For example, a 5 in. book would need a 4 in. depth.

Home Depot Towel Bar

Note that even though the towel bar is overhung about 6″, the mounting is plenty strong enough. People knock their elbows on it and grab it to steady themselves without a problem. This works because the load is distributed across 8 correctly-installed anchors for a combined pull-out strength of about 640 lbs and a shear strength of about 960 lbs. At that strength, the weakness is the sheetrock itself, not the anchors. In other words, to break this mounting you’d have to apply enough force to tear a whole section of sheetrock off the wall.

Home Depot Towel Bar

Most towel bars come with a step-by-step installation template. Use this for easy installation. Usually you will just need a pencil, a drill, a screwdriver and a level. It can be done in minutes.

Home Depot Towel Bar

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Home Depot Towel Bar

Home Depot Towel Bar

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