If you’re frustrated and want to know how to fix a towel ring holder that is loose (once and for all!), you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a clever and unconventional (but long-lasting) solution to the problem, and create a pretty space in the process.
There’s nothing more annoying than reaching for the hand towel after washing your hands and getting that clunky hardware wiggle from the loose screws. That’s exactly what happened to me, multiple times, in this bathroom. And it’s a shame because it took me some time to give this powder room a nice facelift.
Note: Although I recommend you read the entire tutorial to get the most detailed information, you will find a one-minute video at the bottom of this post that summarizes the process. You’re welcome 🙂
This was the second towel ring I’d gone through, and I was ready to stop the annoyance for good. Especially after I saw that smiley face on the wall. It was like that towel ring was mocking me!
I’ll show you, towel ring.
The Real Problem
The real problem with this space was the unfortunate stud placement. For my newbies out there, assuming you don’t have a cement house, most walls are constructed with wooden boards (called studs). They’re usually about 16″ apart. Anytime you screw something into the wall, you want to make sure the screw goes through the wall and all the way into the stud. Once you hit the stud, whatever you hang stays put. Like, forever put. If you don’t hit the stud, you run the risk of your piece falling out over time, due to the weight of gravity and repeated use.
If you’re hanging a lightweight picture frame, hitting the studs isn’t necessary, but with a towel ring like mine, tugging and pulling happen on a daily basis, so eventually, it was bound to come down. Unfortunately, the studs were far from where I wanted to hang my towel ring.
I didn’t want the ring so close to the mirror or the window. Wall anchors may have worked, but I didn’t want to deal with those since they can be a pain too. So, I headed to my basement and went through my pile of scrap wood to find a solution.
How to Fix a Towel Ring Holder that is Loose
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|1″x 4″ Cut to desired length
1″x 2″ Cut to the same length as the 1×4 for the top trim
2″ wood screw(I only used one!)
Flat head plug(optional)
Power Saw (or have wood cut at the store)
Nail gun(or hammer and finish nails)
Finish of choice (I used regular black spray paint. )
Step 1: Find the studs
Using a stud finder, mark the stud (s) on the wall with a pencil. I usually draw a vertical line longer than the width of the board I’m putting up. If you don’t have a stud finder yet, consider adding one to your DIY arsenal.
They come in handy for hanging shelves and mirrors. Some people can find the studs by just knocking on the wall. I’m not that talented! My first time using a stud finder was on my entryway plank wall
Step 2: Cut wood to size
I used my power saw to cut these pieces to size. If you don’t have a saw yet, you can have the pieces cut at the store. Places like Lowes and Home Depot will cut wood for free or for a minimal charge when you purchase it in the store.
Step 3- Assemble the pieces
I used wood glue and clamps to hold it in place for about 20 minutes. Once the glue dried I reinforced with nails. If you don’t have a nail gun or just want to make this project simpler, you can forego the trim piece and just use one board.
Step 4: Paint
At this point, I painted the pieces, to avoid having to deal with taping and painting on the wall. I took the piece outside and used plain old regular black spray paint.
Step 5: Screw into the wall
Now it’s just a matter of taking a power drill and screw through the board and into the stud. Before you go all the way in, it’s a good idea to put a level on top of the piece, then drive your screw all the way into the stud. I could’ve driven a screw into the second stud, but the piece was solid after just one. So, I left it.
I spray painted it outside then stuck it on with hot glue. Done and done.
About the Towel Ring
I got my towel ring at Hobby Lobby. But, sadly they didn’t have it available online. Amazon has a similar one. I like the look of the screws showing and there aren’t many available that are that style. It’s definitely up to you! Once the board is up, you can install any kind of towel ring and it will stay put. Like, forever put!
Here’s a couple more photos of the finished piece.
In case you’re wondering, yes the towel ring came in black, but I spray painted it silver. Love spray paint! And if you like the wood sign (go ahead, zoom in on it, you’ll like what it says), you can find it here!
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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to “dare to try”. Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.