Showers & Bathrooms


How To Fit A Heated Towel Rail In Your Bathroom

Modern heated towel rails are increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional radiator, as they not only heat the bathroom but provide a purpose-designed place for drying towels.  Bathroom towel rails can be heated by water or by electricity, depending on what type of heating system your house has. 

If you want to install your water-heated towel rail in the same place as you previously had a radiator, the supply pipes will already be in place, so it should be a fairly straightforward switch.  However, if your bathroom remodeling plans involve you locating it somewhere new, you will need to reroute the supply pipes, which is more work.

If you wish to install an electrically-heated towel rail in your bathroom, it’s advisable to get a qualified electrician to do it to ensure it’s safe and meets building regulation standards.

Many bathroom heated towel rails come covered in a protective plastic.  It’s best to leave this on during the installation process to prevent scratches.  To begin, remove the plastic bungs from each end of the rail, using long-nose pliers.  By hand, screw a blanking plug in one of the top corners and screw a ventilation or bleed valve into the other.  Make sure the threads are properly engaged before using an adjustable spanner to carefully tighten the plug and valve.  It’s a good idea to stick masking tape around the jaws of the spanner to stop them scratching the plug or valve. 

Next, screw in the valves at the bottom and then use a spirit level to mark a horizontal line on the wall at the height you want to have your towel rail.  Then, fix the retaining brackets in place in the relevant positions on the wall.  Make sure you use the right fixings for the type of wall (solid or stud).  As well as the two top brackets, there will be at least one bottom bracket.  If there’s just one at the bottom, it needs to be in the middle of the rail, slightly above the bottom edge. 

Insert the bracket assemblies into the fixed sections and mount the rail on the brackets, before using the next pieces of the bracket assemblies to fix the rail securely in position.  For a tidy finish, cover the bracket fixings with clip-on caps.  Then you need to finish off by connecting up the valves to the supply pipes.  The easiest way to do this is to route the pipes under the floor once the towel rail has been fitted.  It’s much trickier to try to position the pipes before installing the rail.