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Knowing Your Towel Bar Weight Limitations

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Do you know what one of the most frequently problematic thing is in a bathroom? A lot of people are tend to think things like the toilet but the real culprit is often a towel bar. Towel bars can come loose, break a piece, have fittings come out, etc., etc. It may seem that every time you’re turning around some part of your towel bar is slipping or just not working right. Well the problem may not be the towel bar. It may be that you don’t have the right kind of bar for the work you’re asking it to do.

All pieces of bath hardware come with certain capabilities. Usually they all have weight capabilities. What this means is the amount of weight that they can hold or the pressure they can handle being put on them. When it comes to these bars there are two ways this adds up. First is the weight of the towel itself. For hand towels this is negligible. But for bath towels heavy, high-end towels can be a couple of pounds apiece. Now add to this the pressure and weight you’re going to be exerting on the bar each time you pull on one of those towels.

Once you realize the weight strains you are putting on the bars you may understand why it’s now more important to understand the weight capabilities of towel bars before you ever purchase and installed them.

The good news is that there are bars can handle pretty much any type of pressure you want to put on them. You just need to make sure you have the right style for your home.

If you’re not going to use too much pressure you could pretty much use anything on the market. From single screw hand towel racks to pretty, delicate and decorative bars, enjoy picking something that goes with your style. But if you have a bathroom that gets used often, by guests, or even more importantly, by children, you need to make sure any towel bar you purchase can handle the amount of stress it’s going to get.

Generally, you’re going to want to go with one of three kinds of towel bars. These are screw in towel bars, over door towel bars, or removable bars. Screw in towel bars are a kind that usually have 2-4 screws to attach them to the wall. If you’re looking for something really heavy duty, you’re going to want to not just attach them to any part of the wall, but look for stunds in the wall to attach them to do give them some extra support against the pressure they’re going to be put under. Over the door bars can handle a lot of stress. The reason for this is they have all of the weight of the door working in their favor. In the case of these towel bars, a couple of what are usually metal clips go over the top of the door. These clips have rods running down one side of them that holds the towel rack onto the back of the door. Finally, removable towel racks may not always hold up to the pressure put on them, but they won’t do any major damage to your wall if they are pulled down. These are towel racks that are held in place with a flexible and removable adhesive. You can stick them on the wall and they will hold up to a lot of pressure, but if the pressure is too much they will peel off. The good news is that they can be easily put right back up again without anything being worse for the wear.