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How to fit a heated towel rail

A heated towel rail is a stylish and practical way to heat your bathroom.

Increasingly popular with many homeowners, heated towel rails are a great alternative to the traditional radiator and, designed specifically to heat towels, they’re ideal for both this and warming your bathroom. They’re also available in a range of finishes and designs and will make a stylish addition to your home, with sizes to suit all spaces.

From designer towel rails to more standard varieties, electric to traditionally plumbed, you’re sure to find something that you like.

When it comes to fitting a towel rail, it’s always best if you hire a professional. However, if you want to know how to do this yourself, then our guide below explains the tools needed and the steps involved to do the job.

Prepping for a towel rail installation

The first thing to do is always inspect your towel rail when you remove the packaging, to make sure it isn’t damaged and that all the parts are there for installation. Also, remember to switch off the water supply when doing any work in the bathroom.

NB If your towel rail is replacing an older radiator then, if it’s the same size, you won’t need to drain the system, as it should fit into the space where the previous radiator was. However, if it doesn’t, then it’s best to get a professional plumber in to make sure everything is in order before you start fitting the towel rail.

The tools you’ll require for fitting include:

  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Spanner (adjustable)
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver and screws
  • • Wall fixings (should come with the towel rail) and wall plugs

Remember: Ensure that the wall and fixings are strong enough to hold the towel rail when filled with water and always leave a space of 20cm or more between the bottom of the towel rail and the floor.

Step-by-step guide to installing a towel radiator

1. Remove the corner plugs from the towel rail and then attach the chrome air vent, cap and plug, tightening these with your spanner but being careful not to overtighten.

2. Mark out where the heated towel rail will sit on the wall. You can hold it up against the wall and mark the location of the four corners with your pencil.

3. Measure the distance between the bolt holes of the towel rail in relation to the side, top and bottom of the rail and then mark these on the wall.

4. Double check that everything is level and marked out accurately.

The Clark Heated Towel Rail in Chrome Steel.

5. Check that there are no electrical cables or any pipes behind where you are going to drill, then drill the holes for the radiator into the wall using your power/electric drill. Make sure to attach the appropriate drill bit for this.

6. Remove the retaining screws from the brackets which came with your towel rail and then attach the towel rail mounts to the fixings.

7. Fix the wall mounts to the wall and then attach the heated towel rail to these, securing it by tightening the retaining screws.

8. Attach the heated towel rail to the valves – either horizontal or angled, as your product requires.

Trend-setting towel rails at Bathshack

When it comes to choosing your heated towel rail, you can select the size, finish and overall style to suit your bathroom, with everything from chrome to black matt versions available. At Bathshack, we supply a variety of high-quality towel rails, including a designer range along with more standard versions and electric options.

The Pele Heated Towel Radiator in Brushed Brass will add elegance to your bathroom.

For a designer towel rail, the Pele Heated Towel Radiator in Brushed Brass will add elegant style to your bathroom, the beautiful brushed brass finish bringing a touch of luxury to your interior. It also has an extra-special Aromawell feature, which allows the rail to be filled with aromatherapy oil which will then scent your bathroom while it heats up.

Suitable for using with central heating systems, the Pele Heated Towel Radiator also has generous spacing between the rails, to allow for optimum drying and will create a tasteful focal point in your bathroom.

If brass isn’t quite what you want for your bathroom, then something like the Essentials Straight Heated Towel Radiator in Black Steel has a contemporary black matt finish and will bring a chic look to your home. Suitable for using with all heating systems, this heated towel rail has an electric option and high heat output and will complement a wide range of bathroom décor.

As well as the pipe style of towel rail, you can also opt for a panel design, as seen in the Hudson Reed Flat Panel Designer Radiator in Anthracite Steel. Depending on how your bathroom interior is being designed and what styles and textures you already have, this can be a great way to introduce another layer of design within the space. With a modern vibe, this heated towel rail will work well alongside a range of colour palettes and bathroom-ware, so is another versatile piece.

You can also opt for a panelled look, as seen with the Hudson Reed Flat Panel Designer Radiator in Anthracite Steel.

No matter what type of heated towel rail you’re looking for, you can easily find something which complements your existing décor and, if you’re a keen DIY-er, then you can even install it yourself (although we do always recommend hiring a professional…).

From polished chrome to matt black, brushed brass, white and more, there’s a heated towel rail for everyone style preference and they’ll make an elegant – and, of course, useful – addition to any bathroom.

For more information about our heated towel rails email Bathshack at or call (028) 9077 0188. Alternatively, why not pop into your local showroom an have a chat to one of our team?