Cost to Replace a Towel Bar – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 88

$ 50

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 65% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Replace a Towel Bar noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost to replace a towel bar? The contractor cost to replace a towel bar is $88 vs. doing it yourself for $50.

We’ve all seen a towel bar dangling by one end, rendering it useless for hanging towels or anything else. Replacing a towel bar that’s pulled out of the wallboard from being used as a grab bar once too often is one of the most common repairs in a bathroom.

The job involves repairing the hole in the wall, reinstalling the bar or a new one, and then redecorating the wall with a new patch of sanded wallboard. None of these steps are rocket science, but they involve several of them.

Since the job is small and requires several different steps, you’ll be lucky to find a handyman to do it. If you do, the charge will be $88, which includes the labor and material. If you’re handy, you can do the job for about $50, the cost of a new towel bar and molly or toggle-type anchor fasteners.

Repair the old hole or holes using a wallboard compound with at least two applications; sand in between them. Paint or wallpaper before installing the towel bar. Then position each end of the bar on a wall stud (use a stud finder to locate them). Use a drill to predrill the installation holes for the fasteners and a level to make sure the bar is straight as you fasten it to the wall.

Here’s a link to a video and instructions about molly wall anchors from Mr. Hardware.

Now you know the average cost to replace a towel bar, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. 

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