Fitting an under-basin towel rail

Bathrooms are often the smallest room in the house, and therefore space-saving designs like under-basin towel rails are an excellent idea. They can be fitted below pedestal supported basins or wall hung ones, as shown below.

fitting towel rail 1. Make sure you find safe fixing positions. Use an electronic detector before drilling into walls where electric cables or pipes may be concealed.
under basin towel rail 2. Hold the towel rail in position against the wall. Use a spirit level to check that is level and then mark off the fixing points through the fixing holes.
under basin storage

3. Drill pilot holes in the wall at the marked off positions. Drill bit type will be dependent on whether it is a masonry or hollow wall. Push in the appropriate wall plugs in the holes.

For further advice on fixing into walls, see these guides - ‘Fixing into hollow walls’ and ‘Fixing into masonry walls‘.

basin towel rail

4. Position the towel rail and screw it firmly in place.


  1. Valerie Symonds says:

    Dear Julian,

    Thank you for your advice.

    I have been looking for the product you have shown in your blog photos (under-basin towel rail), but have been unable to find the one you have used, which looks small-ish (the only one I can find to purchase has a width of 60cm).

    I would be grateful if you would take the time to advise me the brand of the product which you have used in order that I can carry out your recommended tip.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance and again thank you for your advice.


    Valerie Symonds

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