Towel Holders: Give Your Towels the Ideal Spot in the Bathroom


If you were redecorating your bathroom (or decided to add a few touch-ups), you’re probably looking for some practical accessories. No bathroom design is ever complete without accessories such as towel racks, toothbrush holders, floor mats, and similar. Instagram and Pinterest are abundant with cool ideas on how you can change the entire look of your bathroom with just a few small updates. Among those seemingly small but very significant bathroom accessories are definitely towel holders. They come in a range of designs and styles, so before choosing a model for your bathroom, you should know the different features of the different types of towel holders.

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Towel Ladders

Towel ladders are similar to free-standing towel stands – they can be moved around the bathroom. However, this kind of towel rail needs vertical wall space to rest on. One of the best things about it is that it can accommodate several bath cloths on each rail. Besides adding a dose of style to your bathroom, a towel ladder is a clever way to use the vertical space of the wall. If there are more people in your household, everyone can have a designated spot on the ladder where they can keep their towels.

Furthermore, you can always move your bathroom towel ladder around the bathroom and place it where it’s most convenient for you. Pick a model that’s lightweight yet sturdy so that you can easily change its positions. When buying a towel ladder, make sure that the size of the model you’re looking at will fit into your bathroom. Consider your bath’s size and go for a design that won’t take up too much space. The ladder should be tall enough so you can reach the top and the bottom without a problem.

Heated Towel Rails

A heated towel rail is an affordable yet luxurious addition to your bathroom. Thanks to these pieces, you can avoid shivering after stepping out of the shower by wrapping yourself in a warm towel. These racks are also a great way to dry clothes and keep your towels dry in between uses. They are usually mounted to the wall, and can also act as a radiator to heat up your bathroom space. Keep in mind though, installing a heated rail may be a bit more complicated process than just adding a bathroom towel ladder.

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Towel hooks, as their name suggests, have a rounded tip that’s designed to hold the towel. You can find a wide variety of hooks on the market, among which single, double hooks, multiple, and hooks that resemble open rings on the side (each fastener extends horizontally from the head). Towel hooks are a good idea if you want to use the vertical space in your bathroom; simply mount them on the walls and hang your towels. In fact, you don’t necessarily have to use them in your bathroom only, you can also use them in the laundry room, or even in your kitchen. If there are more people in your home, you can install a multiple hook towel holder.

Mounted Rails

These type of holders are ideal if your bathroom is quite small. Under-mounted rails are often placed right above to the sink or bathroom cabinet. They are easily moveable to each side (so the towels have enough space to dry out). Some models aren’t moveable and are tightly mounted on the wall, under the sink or on the bathroom cabinet.

This model comes in a range of sizes, which means you can pick the ideal one for your needs, depending on how many towels you want to hang. If you need multiple rails, make sure to measure the available space and mount the rail in a way so it won’t interfere with any other object. You should be able to freely move and open the cabinet doors.

Another good idea is to mount the rails next to a radiator so your towels will always be dry and warm. Although you can come across wooden under-mounted-rails, we recommend you to pick metal ones such as stainless steel or aluminium. The wood may look perfect and may fit your bathroom design, but it could easily crack and lose its good looks after a few years in the bathroom due to the high levels of humidity.

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Types of Finishes

When picking the right colour of your bathroom towel holder, consider the design and finishes of your tapware. Which style are they? Are they vintage, modern, contemporary, rustic? Buy towel ladder that will seamlessly blend into the design. Chrome and black are some of the most popular options when it comes to bathroom fittings.

Where to Install Towel Holders?

Regardless of which towel holder you will choose for your bathroom, it should be installed close to the sink and shower. This way, you can easily reach your towel without wetting the bathroom floor.