Selecting the Perfect Towel Bar or Rack
Towel racks and bars are often treated as an afterthought when designing a new bathroom or remodeling an older one. Yet these storage accessories are essential for a well-organized and useful bathroom. Choose the right type and size of towel racks and bars with these hints, then find the ideal placement for installation.
Larger bathrooms need more towel racks and larger towel bars to make the most of the space. The number of sinks also plays a large role. Install at least one 16 to 18-inch towel bar for each sink to hang a hand towel for quick drying. Towel rings also work well for these locations. Small bathrooms need at least one full-size bar if there’s a tub or shower. Larger bathrooms deserve multi-bar racks and extra bars located near shower stalls.
Consider the size of the towels the racks will hold when selecting them. People who prefer bath sheets and other oversized towels naturally need wider racks and bars than those who stick to standard towels. Each bar or rack needs to offer enough width to spread the largest towels out with no folds or wrinkles so the material dries quickly to prevent mildew and bacteria growth. If a rack is designed just to hold hand towels, it only needs the width for that particular type.
Number of Bathroom Users
Bathrooms that serve more than a single person need spacious racks and multiple bars to keep everyone’s towels separate. Multiple users sharing a towel bar will result in the slow drying of bunched terrycloth. Most bathroom users will need space for one hand towel and at least two bath towels each. It’s easy enough to rotate the use of a single towel bar next to a shower or tub, but make sure there are shelving or towel racks elsewhere for long-term storage too.
Choosing a Style
The bar itself on a towel rack is largely hidden when it’s in use. The visible style of the bar or rack is concentrated in its supports and side pieces, allowing homeowners to match the rest of their decor. Hooks and simple bars are perfect for modern spaces where ornamentation might be a distraction. For more traditional styles, consider supports with fluted and scrolled designs.
Kingston Brass offers plenty of options for towel bars and racks to expand storage space in every bathroom. Consider heated towel bars for a touch of luxury and faster drying for always fresh bath linens.