Where to find towel bars that attach to the chrome legs on vintage bathroom sinks? The question came up twice last week, so here’s the answer based on my research and knowledge. Above: The gorgeous yellow Crane bathroom sink with chrome legs and towel bars in my neighbor’s house.
Melita [ of this awesome kitchen ] wrote:
I am looking for bathroom sink towel bars, just the bars or the bars with the legs. Do you know of any source? I don’t mean the new expensive Restoration Hardware type that goes on the Kohler sinks, just the old type ones. I replaced a sink that had the legs and the towel bars separately. I kept the towel bars and got new legs (Amazon, about $50), but there is no way to attach the bars on the new sink… The old one was the ‘skirt’ type and the towel bars were attached on the skirt edge/lip. The new sink has a flat bottom which does not provide any point to attach the bars. So on to a hunt for new bars, I go.
All help appreciated. And as always, I LOVE your blog/website!!!!!! Now on the 10th year?! Time flies…
Thank you, Melita.
Alas, the answer is not so easy: I know of no one making these new. You need to stalk vintage. They do come up now and again on ebay. But, folks tend to know they have some treasure, and the beauties don’t come cheap. Somewhere in my hoard, I have a New Old Stock American Standard set, complete. This story might inspire me to cash out my treasure!
Above: Vintage Crane towel bar for sink legs, looks like you’d need to cut down one towel bar (or find other towel bars the right depth) and also find escutcheons for the wall. Hmmm.
Note: All the links to ebay in this story are affiliate links that earn me a wee commission if you click and buy.
Above: Vintage towel bar for sink legs — different design, looks complete. Interestingly, there were a variety of ways that the towel bars attached to the sink legs.
Update: I did more research and found an ebay seller who kindly showed photos of how this works.
Crane Drexel legs and attached towel bars, this seller says, yummmm, although the wall escutcheons are missing.
Maybe: Buy a whole sink just for the towel bars? This towel bar is very pretty!
Moral of this story:
If you can find a complete sink — complete with legs, towel bars and wall escutcheons — your life will be easier.
Need other sink stuff? See all my Bathroom Sink research here.