Towel storage – 26 ideas to keep washcloths organized and at the ready

Good towel storage may not seem like a room-changing addition to your bathroom, but we promise it's essential if you want your bathroom to feel tidy and clutter-free.

If you have just remodeled your bathroom, of course, you will be doing everything you can to keep the new space looking clean, serene, and clutter-free, and we have plenty of bathroom organization ideas to help you do that. Because what's the point in investing in the best towels if you are just going to hide them away?

6. Invest in a heated towel radiator rail

Blend comfort and style by combining your existing radiator with a heated towel rail. Made from high-quality chrome, this overhanging fixture, available from Bathroom Mountain looks suave in both traditional and modern bathrooms. Working with your central heating, it can be used to dry wet towels or preheat your towel for added coziness.

8. Add some glam with a decorative towel rail

No one said bathroom organization was glamorous, but if you do want to add a glitzy touch to your washroom – add some glitter. This Harper Towel Store, available from Next adds a twinkle to your toilet and bathtub space, with towels sitting nicely in between the nooks. Go for maximum shimmer by choosing lustrous bathroom tiles too.

9. Opt for a multipurpose towel rack with a chair

In a snug bathroom, 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 or bedroom, too.

10. 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, available from Wayfair comes in a dark or light wood color and can either lean against a wall or stand on its own.

11. 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 of inconspicuous chrome options out there, but we like a playful design like this Monkey Towel Ring from Dunelm for a child-friendly and cheeky washroom that's full of exotic personality.

12. 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 them in another room when you have a swap about.

Towel storage – 26 ideas to keep washcloths organized and at the ready

We like the very handsome, solid wood Fiona Stool by Skagerak, available at Amara, which is the perfect piece for a minimalist bathroom.

13. 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.

14. Combine a vanity unit with under sink storage

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, with the split design ideal for makeup storage too.

15. 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, plus this material is naturally antibacterial too.

Just be sure not to dump wet towels in it, as this permeable wood will soak up the water. For a similar olive bowl, see Lunya.

16. Keep towels neat in wire mesh baskets

The biggest challenge with storing towels is keeping them dry and fresh. Avoid solid, synthetic storage that does not let your towels breathe, and opt for wire mesh options instead. Try NATADE wire basket with handles from Ikea.

17. Get a relaxed look with a freestanding towel rail

If you want a laid-back look for your bathroom, a freestanding towel rail is the perfect find. Choose a steel finish for a contemporary look or dark wood for a traditional bathroom. Our pick is the Bamboo Towel Stand from John Lewis.

18. Repurpose fruit crates as towel storage

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 colorful towels can be found at Christy towels, and similar fruit storage crates can be bought online from Amazon.

19. Store 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 like this pink melange felt basket from Muuto at 2Modern 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.

20. 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 towels on a rustic wooden table. For similar table, see Etsy.

21. Keep towels tidy in wicker baskets

Whether you're looking for a towel storage option for a small bathroom idea, 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.

22. Hang towels on a ladder

If you are limited on space, a real 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. Made from solid oak, this ladder rail is from Lime Lace. Leaned against a wall, you won't need to take up another weekend with DIY – hurrah.

23. Hang towels over a detachable 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 radiator towel rack is from A Place for Everything and while it's not life-changing from a design perspective, it does what it says on the tin.

24. Go for a traditional peg rail

Pinch this towel storage idea and display your colored towels on a peg rail. You could have one built into your scheme like the one below or pick one of the plenty of wall-mounted options out there.

Make your towels even more of a feature in your bathroom with some clever paint tricks, doing some kind of color block design is super quick and easy – just check out our feature on color blocking ideas for loads of inspiration.

25. Use wire wall racks for towel storage

We love the industrial look of a wire rack, but mostly you see them used in kitchens or as hallway storage. But guess what? They look great in a bathroom too. Roll or fold your spare towels into the cubbies and add some decorative bits too.

Think plants, candles, toiletries that come in brown bottles that make us think they are fancier and all natural – those sorts of things.

26. Go smart with a 3-in-1 mirror, radiator and rail

Saving one of the most innovative towel storage ideas until last, we found this triple combo long-length bathroom mirror, radiator, and rail a refreshing take on how to display towels. Perfect for modern-day family living, encourage young children to be independent and dry themselves properly with a warm towel, and hang it up in its place.

The Relax Inox mirrored radiator, available from The Radiator Company comes in three lengths and widths so you can incorporate this heated technology into your bathroom, no matter what size your space.

What is the best way to store towels?

'If you’re looking to save space in your bathroom, make the most of your wall height by introducing a stylish electric towel rail into the room to open up precious floor space that could be taken up by plumbed in gas radiators,' says Antonio Dengra, CEO at Rointe.

'By choosing smart-controlled electric heating, you’re choosing a more efficient and cost-saving lifestyle as it's cheaper to install than gas, has no maintenance rates, and lasts longer. With heaters controlled by an app, you can make sure your small bathroom is always at its optimum temperature.'