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 – including looking for good towel storage ideas. Nothing, after all, 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. Save space by adding a towel rack that's also a chair
In a small space it's always worth choosing a versatile piece of furniture that does two jobs at once. We love the RÅGRUND towel rack chair by Ikea. Why limit it to the bathroom? It's the perfect storage buy for a hallway and bedroom, too.
2. Small room? Use vertical space with ladder storage
We like ladder towel 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.
3. Keep towels handy 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.
4. Stack towels up on a stool for a laid back look
For a relaxed, versatile towel storage idea, 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.
5. Choose multi-rail towel storage to save wall space
Brilliant for saving space on a wall, this three arm Brogrund towel holder by Ikea can be swivelled left or right to suit your space, and the arms are extendable to be able to hold bath towels as well as hand towels. Smart.
6. 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.
7. Store them in an under basin drawer for a clutter-free look
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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.