Knowing the best towel bar height, toilet paper holder height, and other bathroom measurements will help you knock out the final details of your bathroom remodel or makeover and know you got it right!

Since sharing our master bathroom renovation, I’ve been surprised by how many detailed questions I’ve gotten about measurements in our bathroom. Everything from toilet paper holder height to the height and size of our shower niche, and more. So today I’m sharing all the tips and measurements that you’ll need to make designing and decorating your bathroom a breeze!

Even if you didn’t just buy a towel rack or TP holder that you need to hang or you aren’t about to jump into a bathroom makeover, these tips are ones to keep on hand to refer to down the road!


 Ready to get started? Let’s go (affiliate links included in post; full disclosure statement available here)…

Towel Bar Height

The standard recommendation for towel bar height is 48″ from the floor to the center of the bar – I tend to hang mine between 44-48″ high. When determining the best towel bar height for your space, take into consideration how your bathroom is laid out (sometimes the placement of outlets and light switches can affect things) and who is going to use it (for example, you might want a lower towel bar height in a kids bathroom).


The towel bar above in our powder room isn’t the prettiest of options (it was here when we bought the house) but I bought this towel bar for our guest bathroom and really love it – classic yet updated! These are a few other favorite towel bars – most come in several finish options (Scroll & Click/Tap Images to Shop Them):

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Guest Bathroom Sources: Vanity faucet | Faucet handles | Chrome towel ring | Gray vanity (similar) | Brass and pearl vanity knobs 

Robe Hook Height

Along with being used for robes, robe hooks are a great alternative to towel bars too! The recommended robe hook height in your bathroom is between 55-70″ above the floor. Mine are placed at 67″ high and about 10″ apart:


I used these robe hooks which come in four different finish options. Mine are the Golden Champagne finish:


Toilet Paper Holder Height

The recommended height for your toilet paper holder is 26″ from the floor to the center of the TP roll. It’s also recommended that the center of your toilet paper roll be placed 8-12″ in front of the front rim of your toilet. To find the best measurement within that 8-12″ to place it, sit on the toilet with your eyes closed and reach to where you’d expect to naturally find your TP roll (if multiple people use the bathroom, have them all do this and then mount it at the average distance). And yes, you will feel stupid while doing this – ha!


Sources: Brushed brass toilet paper holder (comes in other finishes too) | Toilet | Heated toilet seat | Woven trash can | Llama planter | Woven toilet tray – HomeGoods

Shower Niche Height

While there is no standard shower niche height, about 48-60″ is a good target range. The interior width of my shower niche is 12 3/4″ and width of the larger footrest niche (where I put my foot for shaving) is 7″. I added the heights that I chose for mine to a pic of our shower so you can see exactly what I went with:


Shower sources: Driftwood teak shower bench | Shower head (satin nickel) | Shower valve trim (satin nickel) | Hand shower (satin nickel) | Marble wall tile | Hexagon floor tile | Grout: Mapei Frost | Square shower drain (satin nickel)

A good tile person will take into account where the tile surrounding the niche begins and ends when determining the exact shower niche height and size. For example, you can see how my large niche up top is perfectly sandwiched between the surrounding shower tile with only full tile pieces both above and below it. When deciding for the size of my bottom footrest niche, I didn’t want it to be as tall as two full tiles so our tile guy lined it up perfectly on the bottom and then made it exactly 1 1/2 tile pieces high.

If you’re going to divide your shower niche in half so that you have two shelves like mine, that also looks best when the shelf is aligned with the surrounding tile (the top of my shelf is aligned with the top of the surrounding wall tile). Exactly how you divide the two shelves is totally personal preference but I divided mine roughly in thirds with 1/3 of the space below (for soap and a sponge) and 2/3 of the space above (for shampoo & conditioner pumps):


On Shower Niche Shelves: Shampoo & Conditioner Pump Bottles (16 oz white/gold) | Body brush | Sea sponge

Sconce Height

There’s really no one “right” height to hang wall sconces since it depends so much upon where they’re being used. When they’re flanking a mirror in the bathroom mirror you typically want to hang them at eye level where they illuminate your face – but be sure not to hang them so high that the bulbs are visible when you’re standing next to them. In our bathroom, this meant that the distance from the floor to the center of the back plate of our sconces is about 62″.


Sources: Pedestal sink | Sconces | Mirror is no longer available but this mirror is similar

The standard recommendation for how far apart to mount sconces flanking a bathroom mirror is 36″ – 40″ but a lot depends upon the width of your mirror (and the position of the wall studs may also play a role).

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Our bathroom mirror is fairly narrow so our sconces are hung 33″ apart (measured from the center of one sconce to the center of the other). Trust your eye on this one!

Vanity Light Height

I’ve also gotten some questions about how I decided on the height of my vanity lights and mirror – honestly, I totally eyeballed it! But here are the exact measurements if you want to re-create the look:


Vanity Area Sources: Wood & rattan double vanity | Vanity knobs | Bathroom faucets – brushed nickel | Vanity lights | Vanity mirrors – gold | Woven seagrass tray on vanity | Cross base planter | Marble stacking dishes | Soap & lotion sink set with tray | Toothbrush holder | Bamboo toothbrushes | Gray & white striped towels | Robe hooks – golden champagne

I hope you guys find these simple measurements to be helpful for either now or down the road (be sure to Pin a pic or two from this post if you want to be able to find it later)! If you have any questions about sources for anything in the pics I shared, there’s a complete source list for our guest bathroom in this post, for our powder room in this post, and for our master bathroom in this post. 

Another post you might enjoy if you missed it is this post on my favorite bathroom decor including storage & shelving, bath mats, hampers, stools, countertop accessories and more: