Hooks, Rings, Bars and Racks

Every bathroom has a number of towels that need to be both stored and held in an accessible and efficient manner. If you have a closet, this is a perfect place to store your unused towels for when you need them. However, you will need some towels at the ready for when you need them, whether they be for your shower, your sink or any other area of your bathroom. The four main ways to keep your towels at the ready, all of which can benefit your bathroom design in different ways. These are towel hooks, towel rings, towel bars and towel racks. Each of these are great for essentially any bathroom design. This guide will highlight the pros and cons of each one and how they can help your bathroom design.
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Finishes and Materials

One of the things that all four of these have in common, are the materials and finishes that are used with them. Some of the most common base materials include various types of metal, such as brass and steel among others. The variety of finishes can be quite vast, but the most common finishes are stainless steel, chrome and brushed nickel. Matte black and white are also two very popular finishes for bathroom accessories, so keep that in mind as well. It is important to know what these are made of as well as the finishes used, because more often than not, you will want to match these fixtures and accessories with the rest of your bathroom design. If purchasing these items separately, this is something that you need to take into consideration.

Hooks and Rings

If towel bars aren’t accessories that you find particularly appealing, you will most likely be looking at including some towel rings and hooks for your bathroom design. Hooks and rings are much smaller than bars, allowing you to increase space in your bathroom and add a minimalist aspect to your bathroom. They are also very convenient for anyone who is using the bathroom. As an added benefit, hooks and rings can accent your bathroom wonderfully with a number of different designs and finishes.

Towel Hooks

Towel hooks are great options for a bathroom in place of towel bars. Hooks can be placed in a number of different locations, all of which can be convenient and effective. For example, if you do not necessarily have room on your walls for towel hooks, you can install them on your door in order to create a bit more space. Towel hooks on your door can be mounted directly on to your door, but one of the most common ways they are used is through a hook fixture that you can hang over the top of your door. This way, they can be removed and move to a different door if you decide that you don't want your towels there anymore. If you do install them on your wall, which is one of the most common places to install them, make sure you place them near your shower or bathtub in order to make your towels in the most convenient location as possible. This will likely be the same area in which you would put a typical towel bar. They are also convenient in the sense that it is very easy to hang your towel with little effort.
One of the best things about towel hooks is that they are very easy to make if you want to do a little DIY project. Because bathroom hooks are simple in design, you can get creative with this, using your preferred materials or items. Hooks are also great for holding larger items such as robes. Hooks are probably the best option for robes on this list because they allow the rope to stretch out to length and get completely dry. Even if you do incorporate other methods to hold towels, hooks will always serve as incredibly useful complements.

Towel Rings

Towel rings are more popular for hand towels, but you can also use them for larger towels. Install one next to your sink in order to incorporate a conveniently located hand towel. This is one of the more beautiful and effective ways to hold a hand towel because of how important it really is in terms of comfort and accessibility. This is the best place to put your smaller towels that you use for hand washing, helping them dry out and be displayed perfectly. Many bathroom designs will have a small basket for their dry towels so that when your current towel is wet, you can put it in your laundry basket and replace it with a dry one.
Rings are very stylish and beautiful accessories to include in your bathroom while simultaneously adding a great towel holding accessory. For example, a brass towel ring will be a beautiful complement to a rustic or vintage bathroom design. If you have a chrome centered bathroom design, you can find a towel ring for that as well. Though this beautiful accessory is the least common out of the four options on this list, it is still incredibly effective. If this is the preferred option for your bathroom plan, it is definitely worth consideration.

Bars and Racks

These two fixtures are used for holding larger towels and in higher quantities. Because these two incorporate bars, the towels will be able to fully stretch out and air out properly. They are great to use if you have the wall pace for them, and can be great design pieces. They can incorporate a number of different beautiful features and designs, as well as various different sizes.

Towel Bars

Towel bars are some of the most common fixtures you will find in a bathroom. They do their job wonderfully and they are simple yet beautiful pieces of furniture and decor. Towel bars come with the great feature of heating if you choose to go that route. Heating is an incredibly useful tool that a towel bar utilizes extremely well. Heating will keep your towels dry, and more importantly, it will keep them clean. If you allow your towels to hang on the bar while they are wet for too long, it is possible that bacteria and germs can build up. This is especially important because the more you can optimize the cleanliness of your bathroom, the better off you will be. It is also important if there are multiple people using the bathroom and people are just grabbing the first towel they see. The cleaner you can keep your towels, the healthier you and your bathroom will end up being in the long run.
As far as where to mount your towel bars, you should have two things in mind. The first is how accessible your towel bar will be. You want to be able to reach a towel on your towel bar from where you are standing in your shower. If your shower has a door, it will likely have a bar on the handle so it shouldn't be an issue. If that isn't your situation, make sure your towel bar is within arms reach of your shower. You can include multiple towel bars, but just make sure that at least one is accessible to you at all times.

Towel Racks

Towel Racks are very similar to towel bars but they do have a few key differences. The main difference between the two is the amount of bars. A towel rack will have a series of bars instead of one single bar. This is great for holding a number of different towels separately instead of laying them one on top of the other. These bars can be horizontal or vertical depending on the kind of rack that you want or how much space you have. Many racks also have both options, giving you several possibilities. Another key difference between bars and racks, is that racks can be mounted on the wall and the floor, while bars are typically limited to the wall.
Floor standing towel racks can be moved to your preferred location. They can also be folded up and stored in a closet or another convenient location. Similar to towel bars, towel racks can also be heated, giving you the same benefits of a clean and dry bathroom area and very clean towels. If you have many people using the bathroom or you would just prefer to have a greater number of towels available, a towel rack will be the perfect option for you.

Which Should You Use?

All of these different methods will hold your towels in different ways, so it can be hard to choose between them all. A typical bathroom design will have towel bars and a towel ring, or something similar to that. This really depends on what you want personally and what you think will work the best in your bathroom design. In some cases, you can incorporate all four of these options. They all provide unique benefits and they should all be considered when thinking about your bathroom design.