Installing a paper towel rack under a cabinet

Yes, I’m writing a post about installing a paper towel rack under the cabinet.

No, I haven’t run out of things to blog about so I’m blogging about mundane chores around the house. 😉

This is actually useful to know!


Would you believe my own mother hasn’t done this yet because she needs her handy-man husband to do it for her?

Say wha?? Handy-man husband???


Girls, pull up your big girl panties! You can do these things!!

I’m here to show you how easy it is to install a paper towel rack. It really is. You can do it yourself. Trust me. (Famous last words…)

Okay, so first off, buy a paper towel rack.


I bought this one at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. It was $12.99 but I used a 20% off coupon. If you don’t have one, wait like two days and you’ll probably get one in the mail.

You can use any type of paper towel rack. It doesn’t have to be this particular one. I’ve seen plastic ones at Wally World for like a buck, but I got this one because it looked a little nicer and it probably won’t break over the next 15 years.

Okay, so I’m sure this kit came with directions, but I threw them away. I know better than any directions. Ha! I can do it myself. (Famous last words…)

(No, seriously, you should probably read the directions first. Anything I tell you is my personal opinion and I’m not liable if you ruin your cabinet or cut off your finger.)

Okay, anyway, where were we? Oh ya, I’m suppose to be starting the tutorial. Man I’m chatty today.

I didn’t take a picture of step one because I don’t have 3 hands (one to hold the pencil, one to hold the paper towel rack, and one to take a picture), but basically hold the rack under the counter where you want to hang it and color in the screw holes with a pencil. Make sure you leave enough room at the back of the cabinet for the paper towels to actually fit and not get smashed by the wall.

Once you’ve got two little pencil holes, set the rack down and pick up your drill. Yes, I said drill. Stay with me here. You can do this.

Put a small drill bit on the end of it. I don’t know what size I used, but I picked one that was pretty tiny. At the least MAKE SURE it is SMALLER than the screw you are going to use!

Drill a small hole on each of the pencil markings.


Now that you have two little drilled pilot holes take your drill bit off your drill and swap it out for a phillips head screwdriver (the one that is pluss-ey. You know, it looks like a plus sign? + + +).

Put your rack back on the cabinet and line up the holes on the rack with the holes you just drilled. They should line up. If not, um, didn’t you drill on the pencil markings?

Drill the screws that the rack came with into the holes on the rack.


OMG we are done! Srsly. It was that easy.


I swear it took longer to write this tutorial then it took me to actually install the paper towel rack.


Wow, what a beauty. This looks so freaking amazing I should call it ‘art’.


Just look at how that bad boy hangs there (that’s what she said).

And whatdya’ know, the paper towels don’t scrape on the wall. Man I’m good at eye-balling stuff.


If you are nervous about eye-balling it, use a ruler. There is nothing wrong with admitting defeat and busting out the ruler.

And never forget:


You are freaking awesome and you can do it!

I like to say that I don’t need my man, I want my man. I think wanting him around is so much better than needing him around.

What do you think, Ben? How does it feel to not be needed? Wait. That didn’t sound right. Er, I mean…

I better stop digging now. It’s only getting worse.

(Famous last words…)

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  1. Ha! Love your new paper towel holder. I will have to look for one of those…in that style I mean. I really like that one. Bed and Bath you say? Good!! Great tutorial by the way.

  2. LMAO…I had to comment just because of the “that’s what she said” remark. That is a daily saying here in my office. LOL Great work!!

  3. I just found your blog today and already marked it to follow on face book!
    Awesome ideas!! And since we are redoing our home, I got wonderful plans now!!!

  4. Angie Antrim says:

    I have tears from laughing so hard! You crack me up! Love your sense of humor!

  5. I am WOMAN hear me ROAR!

  6. i kind of did the same thing with my bananas! just put a small hook with a screw at the end and screw it into the cabinet’s bottom. then you can hang your bananas off of it!! soo cute!

  7. Lovin the stainless steel! Cool beans!

  8. After 12 years, I finally achieved my goal, to not be needed – yes! The shovel is in the garage…

  9. I’m so inspired! You have me believing that I can actually fix something! In all seriousness, thank you.

  10. do you still like this papertowel holder? I was going to order one as they are a great price but…the reviews say that the paper towel roll comes off a lot. Is that true or do you still like this? Thanks!

  11. You’re hilarious! I enjoyed reading this blog more than you should enjoy reading about installing paper towel holders.

  12. Awww. My wife shared the nasty comment and your reply, and I headed over hoping you’d left the jerk-face’s remark up so I could trash the loser, too. Oh well.

    I already know how to use power tools, but your post was funny nonetheless.

  13. I love the tutorial! You are funny, I’m so glad I found you on FB – I love your taste in paper towel holder too! 🙂

  14. Hi: Thanks for the tutorial. Very helpful. Have one comment that might be helpful to others when installing a towel holder underneath the cabinet. – The screws that came with our towel holder (same as yours) were quite long. So rather than have the tips of the screws poke through the wood into the cabinet, we rummaged through our toolbox and found shorter screws that still did a good job of anchoring the towel holder firmly in place but didn’t poke holes into the inside of the cabinet. Thanks again for your tutorial. Lilly

  15. You make it look so easy!! I happen to have a cheap plastic towel holder and I am having trouble installing the damned thing. The problem is….I can not see the bottom of my cabinet. I drill the holes but when I try to screw the holder in…the screw falls off of my screwdriver. It is hard enough to see the holes but I am frustrated trying to screw the screws into the cabinet. I even put some honey on the screwdriver tip to hold the screw onto the driver….no luck there!! Oh, and a mirror didn’t help either. Any suggestions anyone?

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