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Towel Racks and Hooks

Towel hooks and racks are essential bathroom accessories. Not only do they keep towels tidy and dry, they can also add a decorative accent and provide a stylish twist, even in small or simple bathrooms. Read on for tips on which are the best towel racks and hooks and how to optimise your bathroom storage.

Which towel rail should you buy?

When choosing the best towel rail, think carefully not only about the space in your bathroom but also your daily routine. Where would the most useful place to hang your towels or bathrobe be? Do you have a busy family bathroom with lots of bath towels? Or do you need somewhere to hang your hand towels, flannels or shower scrunchie so that they can be in easy reach? Here are some different types of towel holders and rails and their advantages:

  • Wall-mounted towel holders: Use wall-mounted towel racks in bathrooms with little floor space. Stainless steel towel racks are durable and allow bathroom towels to air dry efficiently.

  • Towel rails with shelves: A wall shelf is always handy for displaying bathroom ornaments or cosmetics. Towel rails with a shelf are particularly handy for small bathrooms or en suites.

  • Decorative towel hooks for bathrooms: Towel holders and hooks are practical, but they can also be decorative accessories for a bathroom. Black towel hooks in iron add an industrial feel to a contemporary bathroom, while bathroom hooks with porcelain tips and brass or copper finishes add a luxurious touch.

  • Towel rails: Wall-mounted towel rails offer flexible storage space without taking up precious room in your bathroom. Freestanding towel rails, on the other hand, are a luxurious complement to a bathtub in a master bathroom. To make a statement and enjoy the comfort of a warm towel, choose from a range of heated towel rails with modern and industrial designs.

How do you install a towel rack?

Wall-mounted towel racks and towel holders can be installed in a number of ways. If you are fixing a towel rail or double hook to your wall with screws, make sure you measure and carefully mark where you need to drill the holes using a ruler and spirit level.

If you don’t fancy installing a towel rack, opt for stick-on single hooks or a freestanding towel rack. Some towel hooks for glass showers can be easily applied with adhesive backing, whilst shower screen towel hooks simply rest on top of the shower door without the need to be fixed in place. Another alternative solution is a towel storage rack: towel stackers can double as multi-purpose bathroom shelves and provide plenty of storage space.

For more tips on maximising space, read this ideabook on maximising space in small shared bathrooms.

How high should towel hooks be?

If you are installing hooks in a shared or family bathroom, be sure to take the heights of your housemates, partner and children into consideration. A hand towel ring should be placed roughly a little below the height of your elbow. Bathrobe and bath towel hooks should be placed high enough so that they don’t trail on the floor. See what solutions other members of the Houzz Community offer about towel hook heights or post a question of your own.

Where should you hang towel hooks in bathrooms?

Before mounting your towel hook or holder, decide what you will be using it for and what type of bathroom towel it should hold. Here is a quick guide on the best places to hang different types of towel holders and hooks:

  • Robe and towel hooks: Fix these on the back of a bathroom door or high above the floor to give them plenty of room to dry.

  • Towel rings: Place these on a level with a sink to have a hand towel within easy reach.

  • Towel rails: Mount these on a blank wall opposite or next to the shower or bathtub, to have your bath towel ready for you when you need it.

Where can you buy towel racks?

Whatever your bathroom needs, you can find the right towel rack or hooks here on Houzz UK. Choose from a wide range of high-quality towel racks and stands. You can also find towel hooks for kitchens in stainless steel and wood to suit a range of styles.
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