Shakespeare’s Guide to Installing Bathroom Accessories

Accessories are a crucial part of any bathroom. They lend style and functionality alike and come in a wide variety of price points making them accessible to any customer. But what happens when your accessories have arrived and you’re standing in your bathroom with boxes in hand and you begin to wonder – where do I begin? Where do I put these? How do I get them attached to the wall?

Shakespeare’s Answer

Baby Changing Station on a Wooden Post

To answer these questions we will turn to centuries old wisdom – carefully curated over the years and today displayed only in renaissance fairs.

In renaissance streets parents were often faced with the same dilemma that parents today have. Their child needed to be washed, and there was no place to wash them. Thus sprung up the newest invention, the post upon which children could be cleaned. Parents could leave during intermission at the Globe Theater, wash their children quickly, and still have time to grab a turkey leg before the show resumed.

So what can we learn from our renaissance compatriots when it comes to installing our accessories?

Tip 1: Find a Sturdy Spot

The wooden post is the pillar of this invention, buried in the ground and holding its table securely. In the same way the most important part of your installation is finding a sturdy spot on the wall to install your accessories. Light accessories like toilet paper holders – an invention that was sadly not available to our renaissance compatriots – don’t need a particularly special spot. However, the changing table needs to be able to hold a much larger weight. Therefore in the absence of a sturdy post a wall must have reinforced backing for the screws to be placed into. Studs are a commonly used form of reinforced backing but others exist as well.

Tip 2: Pick an Accessible Area

A post on the street was nicely accessible to all in renaissance days. Today we prefer things a little more private, but accessibility is still a factor to be considered. Smaller accessories like toilet paper dispensers should be next to toilets while hand dryers should be next to sinks. Changing tables, on the other hand, can go in a few spots. The most popular location for a changing table is in the women’s restroom, sometimes in a wheelchair accessible stall, other times not in a stall at all. However, men also find themselves needing to change their children, so placing a changing table in the men’s room as well may be beneficial for your establishment.

Tip 3: Don’t Worry, Installing is Easy

To mount a bathroom accessory like a changing table all you need is a post, the table and some screws. The renaissance inventors prove that much. Luckily, manufacturers usually include all the necessary hardware for installation of accessories. Just grab your drill, measuring equipment and safety gear and you’re good to go. If you’ve planned your bathroom’s layout you probably already have a location for your items. If not, a stud finder may also be a useful tool.

To Be or Not to Be … that Is the Question

Bathroom accessories are endlessly customizable and incredibly beneficial to any bathroom. Don’t let worries about installation make them “not to be”. Manufacturers offer spec sheets and installation guides to make putting up your accessories easy. And if you’re still not sure about something, the experts at Partition Plus are here to help.

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We’ve got over 25 years of experience and while we may not have been around as long as Shakespeare and his changing table inventors, we know a thing or two about building bathrooms that last. Contact us today at 800-298-9696 or sales@partitionplus.comto purchase high quality accessories or for help with installation.