Repairing a Bathroom Towel Bar

When a towel bar in a bathroom isn’t attached directly to studs, it can often pull loose from the wall over time. To repair a loose towel bar:

  1. Remove the exiting towel bar from the wall.
  2. Widen the holes in the wall to accept toggle bolts.
  3. Insert the toggle bolts in the holes in the wall.
  4. Tighten up the toggle bolts using a screwdriver.
  5. Reattach the towel bar on the hanging hardware.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information


When a towel bar won’t stay put because it isn’t mounted into the studs, one of the best solutions is a toggle bolt. First, insert the bolt through the mounting hole in the bar, and then thread on the spring loaded toggle. You may have to open up the hole in the wall a bit to accept the toggle before you squeeze it together and push it through.

Once the toggle opens up inside the wall, put a little outward pressure on the bolt as you begin to tighten it, in no time it will tighten up to hold the bar securely.


  1. Here’s my problem…I lost one of the MOUNTING metal pieces to the towel rack I wanted to mount.(2 1/8″ by 1″ old bracket)
    I’ve checked Home Depot and Lowes neither one has any usable mounting brackets. No name on towel bar or the one remaining bracket.

    Does this mean I have to buy a whole new rack? Or do you have any place else to check or what else can I use?
    Thanks for any help.

  2. I do have the same problem that Tim have …..Tim have a question but no answer is available please are you able to provide me how I can buy those parts in order to install my towel bar and not to buy another one ……mine doesn’t have any brand engrave also is a double rack brass nickel this is a good one ….This mean that I have to through this away or you people do have a place where I can get that part….thank you

    • Hi, Susana, features home improvement advice from the nationally syndicated TV show “Today’s Homeowner” and its experts.
      We don’t sell construction or other consumer products on this website, but we encourage checking your local The Home Depot for these materials.
      Good luck, and thanks for your question!


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