When it comes to installing new bathroom hardware, eyeballing the placement and measurements is sure to cause some frustration down the line. Not only will it bother you every time you walk into the bathroom, but bathroom hardware that’s installed in a bad spot can actually decrease the functionality of the room.
We’ve put together a handy resource outlining the proper height and placement of the most common pieces of bathroom hardware. One quick tip before starting any project: always keep a level handy to make sure all your new hardware is evenly aligned.
Towel bars commonly measure between 18” and 32”. Because of their length, it’s best that towel bars are mounted on the longest wall in the bathroom. Once you determine the placement, measure between 42 and 48 inches off the ground. This is where a level comes in handy – since there are two bases to mount, make sure they’re both level.
Towel rings complement towel bars well, especially in a guest bathroom. Hang decorative towels off the bar and use the towel ring to keep a hand towel off the counter. For functionality, towel rings are commonly installed on a shorter wall close to the sink.
Aim for installing a towel ring anywhere from 50 inches to 52 inches off the ground. Towels should hang freely and not brush against the top of your vanity. If you’re running into a problem, adjust the installation height accordingly.
Great for hanging both bathrobes and towels alike, robe hooks offer a lot of convenience in a small package. Robe hooks can be installed anywhere in the room, though it’s ideal to keep at least one at an arm’s length of the shower. It makes it much easier to grab your towel without dripping a lot of water on the ground.
Robe hooks should be mounted around 65 to 70 inches off the ground. As long as your towel or robe doesn’t drag on the floor, any height above 60 inches works. Thinking about installing more than one? Keep the hooks at least 9 inches apart so your towels and robes won’t touch.
Toilet Paper Holder
Between standard spring-loaded holders and Euro-style holders, toilet paper has never had a more stylish spot to hang. The placement of toilet paper holders is fairly straightforward: they’re either installed on a wall, vanity or a stand.
If you’re installing a toilet paper holder directly on the wall, it should be mounted at 26 inches from the floor. The National Kitchen and Bath Association points out that since both standard and comfort-height toilets are under 26” this is a good number to go off of no matter which style you have. If you’re installing the holder on the side of a vanity, measure about 8 inches down from the vanity top.
One in four people over the age of 65 – roughly 29 million people – suffer from falls each year. Preventing injuries from falls (in the bathroom specifically) can be done by installing a grab bar at the correct height. It's recommended to mount grab bars 33 inches to 36 inches from the ground depending on the height of the toilet. For more information take a look at the ADA’s Standards for Accessible Design.
If you’re planning on accessorizing your bathroom with new hardware, keep these guidelines in mind. These are all standard recommendations, but always keep in mind the length of your towels and the height of your family to get a better idea of where to place and install bathroom hardware.