How to install a shower door towel rack

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How to install a shower door towel rack
Some frameless glass shower doors are suitable for suction towel bars. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A growing trend in shower doors is the frameless-style glass shower door. This type of door eliminates the aluminium frame towel-bar handle that was common in the past. It is now less common to find towel bars attached to the shower doors. But, you still need to use towels in the shower. The answer is a creative collection of towel bars that attach to frameless glass enclosures using suction cups or hang over the top of the shower with hooks. Using these towel bars is an inexpensive solution to the shower towel bar problem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Glass cleanser
  • Scrubber
  • Towel
  • Hairspray
  • Suction cup towel bar
  • Over-the-top towel bar

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the glass in the area where you would like to position a towel bar, using a tape measure. Suction towel bars can be located on any clean, hard surface that has a smooth finish. Over-the-top towel bars should be selected for a framed glass door when possible for extra support.

  2. 2

    Clean the glass or tile surface thoroughly with a glass cleanser, scrubber and towel where you want to mount the suction cups. Spray the inside of the suction cups with hairspray.

  3. 3

    Press and slide the suction cups sideways to remove the air from them. The hairspray will cause the suction to attach more firmly, but it will easily wash off when you remove the towel bar. Most towel bars are positioned on the outside of the shower within easy reach. Some towel bars with suction cups are rated as grab bars and can be placed inside the shower area for additional hand holds. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully for this type of application.

  4. 4

    Position the hook area of the over the frame type of shower towel bar so that no part of the towel bar is rubbing on the glass. Adjust the towel bar for the best fit.

Tips and warnings

  • Removable towel bars make it easy to remove these items when selling your home. Keep the chrome wiped down and they will last a long time and look great.

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