A Solution to Our Towel Bar Problem

A Solution to Our Towel Bar Problem

I’m back in my little guys bath trying to pull things together as it is still a work in progress. I needed a towel bar that could hold up to rough and tough tugging little hands. We have a wall along side the tub that seemed to be the perfect spot, until we discovered the placement of the studs. From experience, I do not put a whole lot of trust into the plastic wall anchors for items that will be yanked and pulled daily. This quick little solution works perfectly, plus it added a little shelf for more decor!
We began with 1/2 inch thick select pine boards. The width of your boards will determine the width of your shelf {we used 4 inch} and the length can be as long as you need. Our boards came in 24 inch lengths which fit perfectly on the wall so we did not even need to cut them. The 1/2 X 4 X 24 Pine Boards costs only $2.20 each and we picked up two at our local hardware store for this project.After the preferred height was determined, one of the boards was screwed directly into the studs using 3 1/2 inch screws. Holes for the screws were pre-drilled to ensure the wood would not split and the screws heads were counter sunk so you would not be able to see them once finished.Once the board was in place the towel ring brackets were attached, evenly measured and spaced out. I like the look of towel rings and wanted to use three of them; however this could also be used for a towel bar or plain hooks with the same effect. Wood putty was used to fill in any screw holes and sanded for a nice smooth finish.A bead of Gorilla Wood Glue was placed on the top ledge of the first board, then the second board was placed on top and nailed in with a nail gun. I can not say enough about the strength of the Gorilla Glue brand, especially the wood glue; it is the best that I {and my hubby} have used.With the top board nailed in place, it was ready for finishing. For a clean look a bead of paintable caulking was placed where the top board meets the wall. This was left overnight to dry, then painters tape was used and a fresh coat of bright white was applied to match the rooms trim work.Once the paint was dry, the towel rings were put in place……and our problem solved!It is not the fanciest shelf but it works perfectly in the space and our little guy can practically hang from the rings without it budging one bit.Plus I have a neat little space that I get to accessorize! {Which I’ll leave that for the final reveal}

I’ll be back tomorrow with another ‘buggy’ project for this space. Enjoy!


  1. my father is working on the same thing for me for my master shower but is using hooks instead. i canlt wait to see your final reveal.

  2. It’s darling – I love it!

  3. I LOVE IT! great solution indeed. BUT ~ did you say little ‘guy’??? My kids always had grime the would dirty up WHITE towels in a heartbeat. lol

  4. Really cute! I like the rings you picked!

  5. what an awesome idea…we have the same problem…maybe I’ll try this out

  6. That even looks cuter that just the rings by themselves. Love it. I would have had to use hooks though. The rings would just take way to long for the kids to hang them.

  7. Great work. Let’s see a picture of him doing an iron cross. πŸ˜‰

  8. What a great idea!!! I love the look of the the 3 rings on the white wooden boards.

  9. Great idea – and it looks great!!

  10. So cute I love it!! stop over and see what I did for a towel holder in our Master bath : )

  11. Stephanie – that is awesome…we need that here too! So many guests, never enough towels…great idea.

  12. This is a great idea! I’m a relatively new follower, but I love your blog! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  13. Such a great idea. I love it. Nice to be able to hang 3 towels too. Looks super. Hugs, Marty

  14. Good idea… I love that it is different. And it’s also nice that it can hold 3 towels!


  15. What a great idea!!! And I have the perfect spot for this project. Thanks for sharing.

  16. What a fantastic idea, I need something like this in my bathroom with lots of little hands that need drying.
    I’m going to try and get my husband to make me one now πŸ™‚

  17. What a great idea! I hate searching for studs and finding they are all in the wrong places.

  18. This looks so nice. I did something similar, but with hooks. They are easy for the kids to use and they look neat too. You should contact me and let me monogram those towels for you. πŸ™‚ Lisa~

  19. hi Stephanie Lynn-
    It may not be fancy, but I love it and the fact that you anchored it to the wall so it stays up. It is perfect for a kids bath where the towels seem to never make it back on to the towel rack. You made the towel bar so good looking and simple for him to use, you may never see a towel on the floor as he grows up πŸ™‚

  20. Very cute. I want to see how white those towels stay, though. πŸ™‚

  21. Genius! Love this idea! You come up with the best stuff!

  22. Lovely! You never cease to amaze me with your genius.

  23. My BFF needs to see this. Her 3 boys share a bath & this would be perfect for them!

  24. Ugh, I have the same problem! πŸ˜‰ Good to know there’s any easy solution! Thanks so much for sharing, I think this will be perfect for the bathroom I want to update.

  25. This really turned out great and does not look that hard at all. Thanks so much for sharing. That should hold up to your boys, for sure!! Love & blessings from NC!

  26. Looks so clean and crisp. I need to do this because I am tired of my daughter pulling down her towel bar. What a great solution.


  27. You’re such a dear!!! Just what I need!

  28. Oh I love that…what an awesome project! I love two for ones lol…shelf plus towel holder!

  29. Genius idea! And so adorable too!!! Love this… thanks for sharing!

  30. that looks super cool and cute – would love to see what you put on the shelf above πŸ™‚

    betty bake

  31. What a creative idea!

  32. I love the idea of putting the towel rings on a board instead of directly on the wall!!

  33. I love this! Its a good way to fit more towels in. More interesting than a double rod.

  34. Wonderful! Love it! Wish I had a long enough wall in my bathroom to try it lol

  35. Great idea! My “boys” are 19 and 23 and they still almost pull the towel bar off the wall!

  36. What a great idea! I have a similar situation with a towel bar that has been ripped out of the plaster more times than I can count. I may have to borrow this idea!

  37. SO CUTE! I love it — and love it’s practicality! Boys just don’t know their own strength!!

  38. What a great idea! I could use something like that in my boys bathroom so they would each have their own hook.

  39. I’m so glad you stopped by Rook No. 17. I can see that I could get lost for hours enjoying all your amazing projects! I have an ugly towel bar in our downstairs bathroom. This project would be the perfect solution! Thanks for the inspiration! Jenn

  40. Sarah Deakins :

    I am new to your blog and am loving it! Thanks for all the great ideas! By the way, what is the name of the green paint & where did you get it? Thanks so much, Sarah

  41. how super cute love this idea

  42. Cute idea! Love it!


  43. It looks great, I love it!

  44. I love it…that is a great idea…works for “big kids” too..thanks

  45. This is a great idea! Way to work with what you’ve got. Keep the great ideas coming πŸ™‚

  46. This is so cute and so chic…..but, I have to have the chalkboard globe!!! Oh, Oh, Oh, that is so fantastic. It is the classiest chalkboard I have seen. I would love it in my kitchen with menus on it and the name of the countries. Love, love, loving it. Thanks a million! So nice to stop by.

  47. Love the idea! Looks great! Love your craft workshop too by the way! Beautiful

  48. That looks amazing!

  49. This looks fantastic!

  50. It’s perfect and the fact that you got a display shelf out of it, too, is great! I like the way you hung it, built it and painted it as you went. I probably would have tried to make the whole thing first and then hang it afterward. =)

  51. Stephanie…that is a fantastic idea! As the mom of 5 children, 4 of whom throw their towels anywhere. We have a 6 prong towel holder in the bath right now but doesnt work…I always find them on the floor. I appreciate you sharing this great project and with be using it very soon in the kids bathroom. – thanks Melanie

  52. I love this and we don’t even have littles that will hang from it as we are an empty nest now! We have a towel bar in our tub area that no matter what kind of great anchors we try the bar pulls out of the wall. I’m going to mark this post so that when summer slows down we can try something like this.

  53. i thought i was blown away by finally finding an idea i LOVE for our akward kitchen wall, and now as i read through older posts i find the PERFECT solution for a towel bar in my toddler’s “soon to be made over” bathroom??? goodnees gracious lady you’re blowing me away here! πŸ™‚ thanks so much for the wonderful ideas!

  54. Though not particularly humorous, this post made me laugh out loud. Just this morning we were discussing the possible replacements for our traditional bathroom towel bar that is not longer. Someone thought it would be wonderful for pull ups. Bless the creativity of children πŸ™‚

    This is a great solution and it looks fantastic. Thanks for the idea.

  55. Hi Stephanie

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. πŸ™‚ My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

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  56. WHAT A FABULOUS idea! TRULY, I may have to borrow this when we redo the kids bath. Not only is it just gorgeous but so functional too. Thanks for sharing Stephanie~!

  57. Oh wow. I really love this! It would be perfect in my bathroom. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  58. Love this idea….I’ve been trying to come up with a solution for our boat house bath, with is our third bedroom,…this is a prefect idea….Thanks so much for sharing

  59. this is a GREAT idea! come on over and link up to MMM πŸ™‚

  60. Hi Stephanie! I just popped over from Met Monday. Great idea for the towel rack! Looks so nice there, and I never would’ave thought of putting rings on it. πŸ™‚ Hey…does it work for husbands, too? lol!

    xoxo [email protected]

  61. I just moved into a new house and there are no towel racks in the master bath. I really love this Idea. I can totally adapt this for a His and Hers thing. Thanks so much for sharing
    Ruth from
    Hammer & Thread

  62. Very cool!!! I love how it turned out—we need another place for towels in our bath, and there’s not much room for a purchased towel bar, but I think this might work really well because we can make it any length we need! Thanks for sharing!

  63. I love this! It turned out so cute! I have just the spot for it in my bathroom!!

  64. That looks so great! I wish I were that handy with wood.

  65. super smart!
    I love the way it looks, like a more expensive designer piece and how practical! thanks for sharing

  66. Great idea! I am so going to copy this! I have a thing against towel bars but my kids need something in their bathroom….this is perfect! Thanks for sharing..and I am now a follower!

  67. Brilliant!


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