New Towel Bar

Hanging a towel bar on the side of the master bathroom vanity was more complicated than I expected.

The Moen towel bar inside the shower.
The Moen towel bar inside the shower.

I bought an 18-inch Moen “Icon” chrome bar to match the other fixtures in the bathroom but the space on the side of the vanity would not accommodate it.  And with the Moen, since the bar is curved and the ends are notched we could not shorten the bar.

We'll want to hang a towel bar on the side of the vanity near the shower.
We’ll want to hang a towel bar on the side of the vanity near the shower.

So I stopped by Home Depot (Lowes didn’t have anything appropriate) and bought 2 chrome finish towel bars: one Delta, one Glacier Bay.

The Glacier Bay 18-inch towel bar is just under $15.
The Glacier Bay 18-inch towel bar is just under $15.

I started with the Edgewood towel bar by Glacier Bay which could be shortened.

I used a white pencil to mark the placement.
I used a white pencil to mark the placement.

We installed the side posts.  I marked the spot, placed the bracket, drilled screw holes, and started the screws.  Charlie tightened up the 4 screws which were difficult to turn and in a spot where a lefty has an advantage. (I’m also a lefty but use a screw driver predominantly in my right hand.)

The bar was easy to mark by partially installing it.
The bar was easy to mark with a Sharpie by partially installing it.

Once the brackets were on we measured and marked the metal bar.

The most difficult part of sawing the bar was getting a smooth start.
The most difficult part of sawing the bar was getting a smooth start.

Then Charlie hacksawed the bar to size.

A tiny screwdriver is necessary to tighten the set screws.
A tiny screwdriver is necessary to tighten the set screws.

It fit well so we tightened the set screws on the bottom of each mounting post.

The benefits of this towel bar over the others in the room is that the footprint for the post is smaller and the bar can be shortened.
The benefits of this towel bar over the others in the room is that the footprint for the post is smaller and the bar can be shortened.

That this bar doesn’t match isn’t really an issue since it can only be seen from inside the shower.

Charlie's towel hangs just outside the shower door.
Charlie’s towel hangs just outside the shower door.

Charlie was happy to have a place to hang his bath towel.

I could put a towel bar above the outlet on the right-had wall.
I could put a towel bar above the outlet on the right-hand wall.

I have one more Moen “Icon” 18-inch towel bar that needs a spot in the bathroom. Perhaps over the outlet on the right side of the vanity.

Can you ever have enough towel bars?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “New Towel Bar”

    1. My towel bar is actually in the shower. If Charlie can remember to bring his towel inside before he starts his shower he won’t even have to open the door. I try to remember to bring my robe in and to put it on the bench before I start. So convenient. Jo

  1. my husband never hangs up his towel – it goes straight from bathroom to laundry basket. so we only have one towel bar in our master bath – for my towel! it works out well since we don’t have much room for towel bars. love your new bars.

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