15 neat towel storage ideas

Keep your bath towels fresh – and your bathroom tidy – with our guide to towel storage ideas

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If you have just remodelled your bathroom, you will be doing everything you can to keep the new space looking clean, serene and clutter-free. So, nothing is more annoying than going to use the bathroom and finding it strewn with smelly, soggy towels.

If your bathroom storage doesn't cater for towels, it's likely they're forever damp and your bathroom's rarely guest-ready. So, explore our towel storage ideas, and you'll never have to resort to throwing your towels over the edge of the bath again. Then, buy yourself some fab new towels...

1. Small room? Use vertical space with ladder storage 

We like ladder storage options: they are compact, portable, and give you flexibility in terms of what you want to store on the different tiers. You can mix neatly folded towels with a laundry basket at the bottom, and even display houseplants on top. 

The Aralia Bathroom Shelf comes in a dark or light colour and can either lean against a wall or stand on its own. 

Aralia Bathroom Shelf storage

(Image: © Wayfair)

2. Hang towels on a cute towel ring

Towel rings are especially useful for storing hand and face towels – the circular shape allows you to spread out the towel to let it dry between uses. There are plenty inconspicuous chrome options out there, but we like a playful design. 

Monkey Towel Ring from Dunelm

Monkey towel storage ring

(Image: © Dunelm)

3. Stack towels up on a stool

For a relaxed, versatile towel storage option, try a stool. They come in all shapes and sizes, foldable or fixed frame, and you can always use it in another room when you have a swap about. 

We like the very handsome, solid wood Fiona Stool by Skagerak, which reminds us of all-wood Swedish bathrooms. Available at Amara.com. 

Skagerak Fiona stool

(Image: © Amara)

4. Get a hotel style bathroom with a towel rack

Love that boutique hotel look? Roll clean towels to keep them neat.  

This Over Door Towel Rack is an excellent towel storage option. Here, it's shown fixed to the wall, but it also comes supplied with a handy over-door hook. 

Wall Mounted/Over door towel rack

(Image: © A Place for Everything)

5. Store them in an under basin drawer

A basin console unit with storage beneath is one of the most practical and space-saving bathroom storage options, especially for small bathrooms. Pick one with storage drawers rather than a cabinet because it's easier to reach everything quickly. 

We like the affordable and sleek Godmorgon unit from Ikea. 

Godmorgon towel storage drawers

(Image: © Ikea)

6. Display your best towels in a bowl

Wood can add a touch of spa luxury to a bathroom. This effect is easy to create with a well-crafted olive wood bowl, which looks beautiful with rolled up white towels inside it. 

Towels shown here are from Harvey Norman. For a similar olive bowl, see Lunya.co.uk.

Harvey Norman towels

(Image: © Harvey Norman)

7. Keep towels neat in wire mesh baskets

The biggest challenge with storing towels is keeping them dry and fresh. Avoiding solid, synthetic storage that does not let your towels breathe, and opt for wire mesh options instead. 

This one is from Homesense; for similar options, try H&M or Amazon

Homesense autumn bathroom storage

(Image: © Homesense)

8. Get a relaxed look with a freestanding towel rail

If you want a laid back look for your bathroom, a freestanding towel rail in blonde wood is the perfect find. Choose a steel finish for a contemporary bathroom or dark wood for a traditional bathroom

Our pick is the Towel Horse from John Lewis

Design Project by John Lewis Towel Horse

(Image: © John Lewis)

9. Repurpose fruit crates

Want a shabby chic look in your bathroom? One of the simplest towel storage solutions is a painted fruit crate turned on its side. Stack them to create endless storage possibilities. 

These Christy towels are from House of Bath; fruit storage crates can be found at ebay.co.uk

Christy towels

(Image: © House of Bath)

10. Stash towels in a felt laundry basket

If you're short on wall space for storage but have plenty of room on the floor, a pretty laundry basket is a good towel storage option. Choose one in a material that allows your towels to breathe, like this felt one. Whether made from wool or synthetic polymer, felt is quick drying and moisture repellent, making it ideal for storing towels. 

Muuto Restore Basket, available at Skandium and Nest.co.uk.  

Muuto Restore Round Basket for storing towels

(Image: © Muuto)

11. Fold towels on a rustic side table

Not all towel storage solutions have to be made specifically for the bathroom. If you don't have too many towels, a neat little side table may well be all you will need. 

Take inspiration from the example below, showing Anorak towels on a rustic wooden table. For similar items, see Etsy and JD Williams

Anorak Wave towels

(Image: © Anorak)

12. Tuck towels out of sight with a door towel rail

Hanging your towels on hooks fixed to the back of the bathroom door is a good, space-saving way to store your towels. But if drilling holes in the door is a problem – perhaps you're renting – an over-door hanging towel rack is a smart solution. 

This sturdy Over Door Expandable Towel Rack from A Place for Everything can also be hung over the shower door. 

Over Door Expandable Towel storage Rack

(Image: © A Place for Everything)

13. Keep towels tidy in wicker baskets

Whether you're looking for a towel storage option for a small bathroom, cloakroom, guest bath or family bathroom, wicker baskets will give your room a neat, country feel. 

We like the delicate lined baskets in grey from John Lewis

Wicker lined basket in grey for storing towels

(Image: © John Lewis)

14. Hang towels on a ladder

If you are limited on space, a ladder doubling up as a towel rail will give you lots of storage. Choose one that is made from high-quality wood, and it will last for years. 

This one is made from solid oak and available at Lime Lace

Oak Leaning Towel Rail

(Image: © Lime Lace)

15. Hang towels over a radiator rail

Stuffing damp towels down the back of a radiator can leave the bathroom paint stained and rarely results in dry towels. So, why not invest in a simple solution: a radiator towel rack? DIY-free, it simply hooks over the top of the radiator. 

This one is from A Place for Everything

Chrome radiator towel storage rail

(Image: © A Place for Everything)

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