How to Make a Wooden Towel Holder

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How to Make a Wooden Towel Holder
Change a plain bath towel holder to a custom wooden one. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Many homes and apartments come with metal bathroom towel holders already installed. These holders range from expensive and elegant looking hardware, to cheap and boring rings and bars. You don't have to keep the pre-installed towel holders in your home. Build a custom towel holder from an old wooden ladder or scrap wood lying around your house. You may also choose to have your wood pre-cut at a hardware store, making your woodworking project easier to complete.

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Things you need

  • 1 piece of pine or cherry wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint or stain
  • Bath towel fixtures
  • Wood screws
  • Wall anchors
  • Hammer
  • Drill with screwdriver bits

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  1. 1

    Purchase your towel rod, bath towel fixtures and a piece of pine or cherry wood cut 2-inches longer than your chosen towel rod. If you have the wood pre-cut, you can have the edges bevelled for a professional look.

  2. 2

    Prepare your wood for the fixtures. Use a sheet of sandpaper to sand the wood until it is smooth. Wipe away the dust.

  3. 3

    Add stain or paint to the wood with a paintbrush. Allow the stain or paint to dry thoroughly. Depending on how dark you want your wood, add a second coat of stain to darken it, and allow it to dry.

  4. 4

    Prepare to attach the towel holder. Press the wood piece against the wall where you want to install it. Mark the position on the wall with a pencil. Use your drill to make a hole on each side of the wood by drilling through the wood as well as the drywall. Insert your wall mounts into the drilled holes on the wall and tap them in place with a hammer.

  5. 5

    Attach the wood mount and towel holder to the wall. Mount the wood on the wall by positioning it over the wall anchors and pressing the wood against the anchors and the wall. Space the towel rod holders far enough apart to fit the towel rod snugly into place. Attach the towel rod holders onto the wood using the screws that came with the towel rod fixture. Insert the bath towel rod between the two rod holders to complete the project.

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