A great deal of planning precedes a Bathroom remodeling wayland . Yet one detail that is often overlooked is the ideal height at which to install towel bars and rings. In fact, this seemingly minor point can make a difference in the cleanliness of your bath towels as well as the ease of your morning or night-time clean-up routine.

So, what’s the best placement for towel bars and rings? Well, the short answer is “at the right height for everyone in your household”. Read on to find out more.

Industry Standard 

A person of average height should be able to access a towel bar while standing with their arms comfortably outstretched. That translates to a height of 48 inches above the floor, allowing bath towels to hang without touching the floor, and hand towels to hang without resting on top of an average-height vanity.

  • If you have household members with limited mobility, lower the height to 44 inches.
  • If accessorizing a bathroom used only by children, consider the following placement guidelines: 36 inches for 3 to 4 year-olds, 40 inches for 5 to 8 year-olds, and 44 inches for 9 to 12 year-olds.

Stacking Bars

If you’re installing two towel bars, one on top of another, first measure the largest towel while it’s folded in half, width-wise, then add two inches. This is the height at which the lower towel bar should be installed so the towel doesn’t touch the floor. Then add the lower bar height plus two inches between the lower bar and the bottom of that same towel, assuming it’s hanging from the upper bar?  Got all that?!

Switches and Outlets

In general, allow for a four-inch clearance between towels bars or rings and switches or outlets. Most outlets are installed 16 inches from the floor to the top of the outlet. However, GFCI outlets are often installed above a bathroom countertop or vanity. The industry standard for light switches is 48 inches above the floor. An existing switch or outlet may prevent towel bar or ring installation at the recommended height. If this is the case, adjust the height of the bar or ring to at least four inches below the bottom of the switch or outlet.

Consider Your Towel Needs

Bath towel bars are sold in widths of 18, 24, and 30 inches while rings are sold in a variety of shapes and sizes, typically no more than 8 inches in diameter. Consider the width and length of your towels as well as how many you expect to fit on a single bar. For example, if your towels are 27 inches wide, you can fit one such towel on a 30 inch bar or two folded length-wise. Keep in mind that towel rings typically are not large or strong enough to hold a bath towel.

Yes, the beauty of a bathroom remodel often can be found in even the smallest of details. And that’s just one more reason to make PC Plumbing, Heating, AC & Remodeling your first choice for all your home remodeling needs. We see the forest and the trees, so to speak, which means you and your guests will see a finished remodel to be proud of.