Accessories and hardware add functional and attractive features to your bathroom, ranging from towel rings and drawer pulls to grab bars and robe hooks. Whether your installation is part of a larger renovation or an upgrade to your existing bath, the style of your hardware and the condition of walls or cabinetry may influence the difficulty and expense of the job.
Installing New and Replacement Hardware
Installing hardware in new locations is generally uncomplicated, though the material of the mounting site may affect the time and tools needed for the job. New installations cost $132 on average, compared to $187 for installing replacement hardware. The expense of fitting replacement pieces may vary with the condition of surfaces after the removal of old fixtures, since repairs are often necessary to correct damage or prepare for a new installation.
Towel bars provide a convenient spot for hanging towels for showering and hand washing, and must be installed securely to prevent damage from supporting heavy items or from misuse as a grab bar. Some towel bars are screwed directly to a wall, while others are fitted to mounting brackets that attach to the wall. Towel bars are installed for $68 to $113, depending on their location and the tools and materials needed for proper anchoring.
Toilet Paper Holders
Toilet paper holders are commonly installed on a wall or cabinet near the toilet, and should be installed securely to prevent damage to the fixture or mounting site. Your installer can fit a surface mounted holder with standard tools and anchors for about $52, but the work needed to cut a hole in your wall and fit a recessed toilet paper holder may cost as much as $96.
Installing a towel ring near a sink or vanity provides a convenient spot to hang small hand towels. These rings are installed in the same manner as most wall-mounted bath fixtures and require drilling into the wall surface and installing wall anchors if necessary for proper support. Installation rates range from $51 to $93 for towel rings, and are typically influenced by the location and condition of the installation site.
Robe hooks are commonly mounted to a wall or door, and may be attached directly to the surface or first mounted on a plaque or plate. The style of your hooks is an important factor in the requirements of the job, since some are screwed directly to the mounting site, while others are fitted to mounting brackets or require some assembly. Installing robe hooks costs between $48 and $102, depending on the preparation needed for the job.
Planning for Bath Hardware Installation
Your bath hardware project could include a number of accessories from towel and tissue holders to cabinet knobs and soap dishes. Most hardware installations and upgrades can be completed by a handyman, making for an economical project with a significant impact on the appearance and functionality of your bathroom. Regardless of what type of pro you choose for the job, discuss with your contractor if any repairs or special preparation will affect project costs.