How to Install a Towel Rack on Ceramic Tile

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You can choose one of two ways to mount a towel rack on ceramic tile. One way is to glue it, but that isn't a very reliable method; even construction cement can weaken over time, and your towel rack can fall when you hang wet towels on it. Moreover, keep in mind that -- although it isn't their intended purpose -- towel racks are sometimes used for support. It's more reliable, and even a little easier, to mount the towel rack with screws. "But the walls are ceramic," you say? No problem! You can drill through ceramic tile with a masonry bit.

Mounting Procedure

Step 1: Dry-fit the towel rack.

Unpack the towel rack from the box, and assemble the rod and the holders. Position the rack in the location you want it, and then place a level on the rod and move the holders along the wall until the rod is level. Outline the holders on the wall with a pencil.

Step 2: Mark the screw holes.

Lay masking tape on the ceramic tile and redraw the outline of the holders. The tape makes drilling easier and more accurate. Remove the mounting brackets from inside the holders and position one on the wall inside each outline. Mark the positions of the screw holes with a pencil.

Step 3: Drill the holes.

Unpack the screws and screw anchors that came with the rack, and select a masonry drill bit with the same diameter as one of the anchors. In most cases, you'll need a 1/4- or 3/8-inch bit. Put the bit in your variable-speed drill, and drill a hole through the tape and tile on each mark.

Tip

    • Operate the drill at a slow speed, and keep a bowl of water handy to so you can immerse the tip of the bit periodically to prevent it from overheating.
    • You'll make the job easier for yourself if you can line up the mounting brackets so that at least one of the holes is on grout.

Step 4: Screw the brackets to the wall.

Remove the tape from the wall and insert a screw anchor into each hole. If the holes are the right size, you'll have to tap the anchor in with a hammer. Stop tapping when the front of the anchor is flush with the wall. Position a bracket over each set of holes and screw it to the wall with the screw that came with it.

Step 5: Mount the towel rack.

Assemble the rod holders to the rod and place the holders over the mounting brackets. Tighten the set screw on the underside of each holder, using a flat-head screwdriver or hex wrench, depending on the screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Screw anchors
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Hex wrench
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