Best Bathroom Towel Racks For Wall, Over the door, Cabinet Holder Storage & More

Updated: May 05, 2024

Need a place to hang your bath towels? These towel racks suit any bathroom.

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A towel rack is a necessity in every bathroom. It’s used to hold your bath towels, hand towels or extra towels that you want to store in the bathroom. The most important thing to consider before selecting a towel rack is the size of your bathroom, says Leah Tuttleman, Interior Designer at Re-Bath. Ask yourself questions such as, “Will the door hit the towel rack when opened? Will the shower door bump into the towel rack?” Thinking about how your space functions and the layout will help you determine which style towel rack will work best for everyday use.

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Delta Simple Wall Mounted Towel Bar via homedepot.com

Best Simple Towel Bar

Delta Porter Oil Rubbed Bronze Towel Bar

Sometimes the simplest solution is best. This sleek bathroom towel rack does its job without any bells and whistles. It’s just a traditional wall-mounted towel bar.

The well-loved bathroom fixture brand Delta offers this model in brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and polished chrome to match any bathroom color scheme.

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Delta Porter Towel Bar Bathroom Set via homedepot.com

Best Towel Bar Set

Delta Porter 3 -Piece Bath Hardware Set

If you like the Delta Porter towel bar, you’ll be glad to know there’s a matching set.

This bathroom towel rack set comes with a large towel bar, a hand towel ring and a toilet paper holder. They’re sturdy, dependable pieces that are attractive without being too trendy. They’ll stay in style for years even as you repaint the walls and replace the shower curtain.

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Cabinet Door Towel Bar via target.com

Best Cabinet Door Towel Holder

MZURBIR Towel Rack for Cabinet

While a wall-mounted hand towel bar is one of the best-looking options, it’s also a permanent choice. To remove it, you’ll need to patch and paint holes in the wall.

A towel holder that hooks over a cabinet door is a more convenient, inexpensive and temporary solution — ideal for renters. This two-pack from Target comes in four colors and keeps your hand towels within reach.

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Over The Door Towel Bar Rack via wayfair.com

Best Over-the-Door Towel Rack

Franklin Brass Over-the-Door Towel Rack

An over-the-door towel rack is another removable option.

A Command Hook will do the trick for a single towel, but if you live with roommates or family, this over-the-door towel rack from Wayfair is even better. It has three towel bars and two bottom hooks, which can hold towels or other things like robes or hair wraps. It comes in flat nickel and classic bronze.

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Freestanding Towel Rack via wayfair.com

Best Freestanding Towel Rack

Jurmerry Freestanding Towel Stand

Got floor space? A freestanding towel rack keeps your walls free for artwork, although it does take up a chunk of your floor. This black freestanding towel rack presents a small footprint, with a base less than two feet long. Three tiered towel bars hold clean towels or let used ones air dry.

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Wall Mounted Towel Rack via crateandbarrel.com

Best Wall Mounted Towel Rack

Crate and Barrel Black Wall Mount Towel Rack

For a luxurious hotel spa feel, use a wall-mounted bathroom towel rack for clean, folded towels. This frees up cabinet or closet space for the clutter on the bathroom counter.

It’s also a great choice for guests. Instead of laying out a towel or having them rummage through your cabinets, this modern towel rack keeps fresh towels in sight.

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Shower Door Towel Rack via amazon.com

Best Shower Towel Rack

iDesign Over the Door Towel Rack

Do you tend to sling used towels over the shower door? We have to admit, it’s a convenient spot to hang them. But the practice can lead to a cluttered-looking bathroom.

This bathroom towel rack slips over the shower door so you always have towels right where you need them. As a bonus, it also fits over closet or entry doors.

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Bathroom Towel Shelf via amazon.com

Best Bathroom Towel Shelf

MBQQ 2-Tier Metal Industrial Bathroom Shelves

A bathroom shelf with a towel bar crams two storage solutions into one item. This rustic-industrial bathroom towel shelf features two distressed shelves and a metal frame. It holds folded towels, extra toilet paper, air freshener and more on the shelves, while the bottom bar provides a convenient place to hang towels.

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Ladder Towel Rack via amazon.com

Best Ladder Towel Rack

mDesign Metal Leaning Blanket and Towel Ladder

Blanket ladders have been trending for years now, and the stylish storage solution works just as well in the bathroom as in the living room.

This ladder towel rack leans against the wall, taking up little floor space. Four rungs serve as towel bars. And since it’s metal, damp towels won’t wreck it.

What to Consider When Buying a Bathroom Towel Rack

  • Material: Tuttleman notes that it’s important to choose a towel rack finish that can withstand a lot of moisture. Not only will the rack be in a room that gets very hot and humid daily, but it will also have a wet towel sitting on it. The majority of towel racks are made from metal, so you’ll have lots of options to choose from, but make sure that it’s a high-quality material so that it doesn’t rust.
  • Style: Towel racks come in a few different styles including bars, shelves, ladders and rings. Bars are used for shower and bath towels, shelves and ladders are used for storing towels that are seldom used and rings are used for hand towels. There are also wall-mounted racks, options that stand on the floor and some that hook over a door. Think about how much wall space you have as well as where it’s most convenient to hang your towels when deciding on a style for your towel rack.
  • Size: Not only do you need to think about the size of your space, but also the size of the towel rack itself. Measure your wall or floor space and check the dimensions in the product description to help you narrow down your options.
  • Price: Towel racks are relatively inexpensive. Small, simple racks can cost as little as $10. Some of the bigger or more intricate options made from high-quality materials can run you over $100.

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This guide features expert input from Leah Tuttleman, Interior Designer at Re-Bath. She has a BS in interior design and over 25 years of experience in both commercial and residential design. Tuttleman has been with Re-Bath, a bathroom remodeling company, for over five years. She designed several bathrooms and knows what to look for as well as what customers like best when it comes to towel racks.

FAQs

Are towel racks or hooks better?

“It all depends on the space and the type of bathroom,” says Tuttleman. “If you have a bathroom right off the swimming pool or spa, I prefer hooks. If the bathroom is a primary bathroom, I like to incorporate both.” She also recommends hooks in kids’ bathrooms. In terms of drying your towel faster, towel racks keep the fabric spread out more allowing your towel to dry faster. However, if you only take one shower a day, a towel on a hook typically dries out in between uses as well.

What is the best height for a towel rack?

Towel racks should be installed around 48 to 52 inches high. “You want to make sure the towel rack is reachable for household members including children and individuals with mobility needs,” says Tuttleman.

Where is the best place to install a towel rack in your bathroom?

You want your towel rack to be easily accessible, so the best place to install it is typically right next to the bathtub, shower or sink. It’s dependent on available wall space. If there isn’t enough room to install a towel rack on the wall right next to the shower or sink, consider an option that hooks on your shower door or vanity cabinet instead.