Don’t throw in the towel!

How to install a towel rail –

using only adhesive

This guide will teach you the drill-free way to swiftly and safely install a towel rail with simple tips and tricks. Just follow these steps to replace or install a brand-new towel rail in the bathroom without the need of a drill.

How to fix a broken towel rail

Has your towel rail fallen down? Loading the rail with heavy and wet towels causes the screws in the walls to loosen over time and more drilling will only make it worse. But we have the solution!

To prevent further damage to your walls, follow these steps to replace your towel rail.

  1. Remove the old towel rail completely, as well as screws or fittings that are still in the wall.
  2. Fill the holes with the appropriate sealant. 
  3. If required, paint over the sealant.
  4. Measure and mark the walls where you wish to install the new towel rail.
  5. Apply glue to the back of the towel rail and press firmly into place.
  6. Allow for the glue to set before applying weight to the rail.  

How to install a towel rail step by step

If a broken towel rail has left you hanging, you should install a new rail that has a non-mechanical mounting system. Adhesive strips on many towel rails can weaken relatively quickly due to the humidity of the bathroom. Our recommendation is to use a glue for longer lasting results.

The process is the same for both plasterboard and tile. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Measure and mark the walls where you want the towel rail to be fixed.
  2. Apply an appropriate amount of glue to the back of the towel rack or mounting brackets and press firmly into place. Apply a healthy amount of adhesive. 
  3. Quickly wipe away any extra glue that has seeped out around the edges. 
  4. Allow for the glue to set before loading the towel rail.

How high should I hang the towel rail? 48 inches from the floor is the average height for a towel rail and a hand towel ring, and 36 inches is the perfect height for towel rail in a children’s bathroom.

Choosing the right glue for mounting a towel rail

With Unibond's No More Nails Click and Fix, your brand new towel rail is only one click away. This is the perfect glue applicator for the job as it delivers a set amount of adhesive with each click and will bond on almost all surfaces including tile, ceramic, stone and plasterboard. Make sure the surface is clean and dry, then add the glue dot to the towel rail. Press your new rail firmly against the wall and let the glue set before applying weight to the towel rail.