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The Styling Secret of Wall Mounted Hooks

Towel bars are bad for marriages. Brian is constantly, after turning off the shower, asking me if he can use one of the perfectly styled towels that took me 3-5 minutes to hang (see above). And while I want to be super cool and say ‘yah, of course’ inside I’m screaming ‘ugh, can’t you dry-off with something else that doesn’t look quite so perfect. Both of us are slightly annoyed and the bathroom always looks a mess. Now because we put ours into wallpaper I probably won’t change it but if I could go back in time I would use wall mounted hooks. That is today’s styling PSA – rethink the towel bar and opt for hooks for a prettier, easy to keep clean bathroom (and a better marriage).

*SUPER IMPORTANT UPDATE: Apparently in many more humid climates towels don’t dry on hooks unless they have a lot of space. We don’t have that problem here, so I was literally blown away when you all commented about it. GAH! I’m sorry!! I told Brian about all the comments and he was like ‘yah, of course towels don’t dry fast on hooks, everybody knows this’. Anyway, I guess make sure you climate can handle it. I had no idea I could be wrong about something so innocuous but  apparently i’ve been kept in the dark about this towel-drying conspiracy.

Here are some examples of this genius tool:

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Now these hooks definitely make it less formal so if you like a formal looking bathroom then this might not be for you. Perhaps in a guest bathroom you can still utilize the bar, but if you actually use your shower and dry yourself off with a towel every day, then hooks might be a better option for you.

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And while yes, this isn’t the cure for cancer or a the new weight loss secret, it is something that not only can instantly add some style to your home but can make your morning routine a little bit easier.

After designing and styling so many bathrooms over the years, I’m proud to say that I’m very pro-hook, and anti-bar. Join the movement.

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And no, these lovely hooks aren’t just for the bathroom, they can also be used to corral your hats, purses, scarves in a lonely hallway or entry area, and even in a little kids room to hold capes, flower crowns, or tutus. The trick with this, don’t overcrowd them and leave a few hooks open to visually have it look less like clutter and more like a styled piece.

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So in the name of convenience, style, and simplifying your life, here are a few of our favorites online. Brady recently used #6 in his bedroom renovation, I have #11 in our pantry area, and I love the thought of using #4 with the S hooks to hang up a bunch of towels in a bathroom.

1. Brendon Farrell 6 Fin Hook Rack | 2. Protected Teak Shaker Pegs | 3. Oak Triple Coat Rack | 4. Brass Towel Bar & S Hooks | 5. Occordian Coat Rack | 6. Crosscut Coat Rack | 7. Beckett Multi Robe Rack | 8. Jodi Towel Rack | 9. Iron Double Hook Rack | 10. Chandler Rack | 11. Brass Row of Hooks | 12. 7 Peg Wall Mounted Coat Rack | 13. Mid Century Multi Hook | 14. Simple Iron Hook Rack | 15. Walli Coat Rack | 16. Alva Metal Multi Wall Hook | 17. Brushed Brass Towel Rack | 18. Svartsjon Hook Rack | 19. Mid Century Modern Wall Hook | 20. Afternoon Coat Rack | 21. Wardrobe Rack of Metal | 22. Old Metal Hook Bar | 23. Newton Wall Mounted Coat Rack | 24. Bamboo Coat Hanger | 25. Iron Wall Bar & S Hooks | 26. Weathered Oak Wall Mounted Coat Rack | 27. Zinc Accordion Rack | 28. Enos Coat Rack | 29. Wood Retractable Wall Mounted Coat Rack | 30. Black Iron Coat Rack

Now, some of those are quite big if you have a small bathroom, so if you don’t have much space then opt for individual hooks, 2-3 of them next to each other or staggered.

Also as you know I like me a hat so I have wall-mounted hooks for those in my pantry/mudroom, laundry room and my closet. Everything looks better on a hook 🙂

Take the pressure off your guests and your marriage and opt for hooks instead of bars. I’d like to apologize to the National Towel Bar Association for ruining your business, but someone had to say it.

Do you guys think that I’m being super lazy? Or has this been a secret insidious problem riddling America that just needed a voice?

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3 years ago

We have one towel bar and put towels overlap and it drives us nuts. This is the solution! I love the options you posted too, so many good ones.

Anna
3 years ago

Yes!!! I put hooks on our bathroom wall when we moved in five years ago — it was the only way I could get more than two towels on the wall. NO REGRETS. Also, IKEA is the only retailer I’ve found that sells towels with a loop in the middle for a hook. Does anyone know of others?

Sarah
3 years ago
Reply to  Anna

I got some great towels from Macy’s by Kasatex I think? and they each have a loop for hanging which is awesome!

Lindsay
3 years ago
Reply to  Marcia

Yes! love the H & M towels–good price, good size and weight. I have hooks mounted in my shower but i tend to drape the towel over the hook rather than using the loop.

One of the best moves i made with my new bathroom was installing hooks in my walk in shower (mounted to the glass tile). No more mildewy yuck from hanging on the door or wall!

Emily
3 years ago
Reply to  Anna

And Zara Home.

Pamela
3 years ago
Reply to  Anna

I have some from CB2 that are great! the striped linen/cotton ones – they have a loop.

Lbpv
3 years ago

Yep, hooks in the bathroom are great! Especially in the kids bathroom. Four kids and they each have there own hook making it easy for them to keep their towel off the floor. Win! We used to use them in the garage too for backpacks and jackets.

Iz
3 years ago

I have to disagree! Towels don’t dry out properly on hooks. We just moved into a rental house without towel rails and really miss them.

Julie P
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I have had this problem as well. They get musty smelling quickly. However, I do intend to put hooks in my toddler’s bathroom so he can learn to hang his own towel from the little hood 🙂 Hooks elsewhere in the home are a trend I’ve been intending to try, so thanks for a good roundup of options.

Bethany
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

This was the first thing I thought of too. I love the look and convenience, but I’ve never found that a towel gets dry on a hook.

Cathy
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I also found that towels did not dry on hooks. I live in Southern California, a dry climate, and towels on hooks never dried completely. We could not replace the hooks fast enough.

JA
3 years ago
Reply to  Cathy

Also my first thought when I read this! I am in a humid climate and my towels DEFINITELY would not dry on a hook. Though I can see how this is a good solution for messy-looking towels just tossed on a rod. To me, a dry towel is way more important.

Lara
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Word. Towels do not dry properly on hooks…at least not if you have a regular person-sized bathroom? Maybe it’s different for those, like, gigantic all-glass paradise bathrooms on Dwell.

dux
3 years ago
Reply to  Cathy

That’s odd–we are on the Big Island of Hawaii, so very, very humid, and our towels do okay on the hooks. (I’m a before bed shower-er and find by the morning the towels are pretty dry.) But I can see that would be really disappointing to go find your towel still damp …. Our primary residence is in the CO Rocky Mountains where the air is really really dry (get your lip balm and be prepared for nosebleeds), like SoCal is humid (my hair!) in comparison when we’ve been there, and in CO we have bars and hooks in all bathrooms. The towel is dry before you even hang it! My husband and eldest prefer hooks. Maybe I prefer a bar because all our towels are monogrammed. I do love bars in a bathroom, but we have tons of fun hooks throughout for everything else. I love collecting them at antique stores or markets when we travel. My very favorite is one I purchased in France when an undergrad: it’s an Algerian wall plaque with small hooks, painted with a monkey advertising a banana drink. We hang our keys on it and it gives me so much joy every day… Read more »

Bethany A.
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

This is interesting – I have hooks in both bathrooms in my house and have never had a problem with them not drying completely.

Zoe
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

This is the same reason I actually swapped out the bathroom hooks in my rental for a bar…I found that the towels got musty and didn’t dry completely. However, I do hate the styling issue that comes with the bar. Problem somewhat solved….I bought a towel bar from Lowes that has a hook on each end! I would link it, but I don’t see it online.

CfBtecher
3 years ago
Reply to  Zoe

This is so interesting– I find a folded towel on a bar never dries in the middle! Hooks seem like more air can circulate…

nora
3 years ago
Reply to  CfBtecher

Right?! My thoughts exactly… like a folded towel on a bar doesn’t dry for me ??‍♀️

Emily
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

Ditto! I love hooks, but towels don’t dry unless they are laid out exactly straight. Maybe in the summer, but definitely not the other 10 months out of the year in Seattle.

Brooke
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Emily, could you install a hook somewhere else? I have two hooks right next to our shower for towels but then also a pretty towel bar that is more decorative. Maybe have both?

Also, FWIW, we have big hooks designed to hang towels in a bathroom (ours are RH but I am sure many brands make them) seem to spread the towel/hang it away from the wall so we don’t have any drying issues. I put up smaller hooks in my kids’ baths and the towels sometimes aren’t dry as quickly. I wonder if the hook itself makes a difference? We live in the Mid-Atlantic, and it is pretty humid.

Natalie
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Emily you hang towels like a ten year old ❤️ I’ve got mounted bars and over the door hooks and I side with the bar people on ease of drying and the hook people on appearance – ours are haplessly flung over the two bars and then quickly moved to hooks if people are coming over! My husband also loves to hang his shirts on the hooks to ‘steam the wrinkles out’ …which is a different level of annoying entirely.

E
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I live in MN where it is super humid in the summer (83% as I type this) and dry in the winter. We have a mix of hooks and bars. They dry fine on a hook year round, certainly better than they would *folded* on a towel bar. And if you have kids, they definitely dry better on a hook than piled on a wet floor. 😉

Suzy
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I think it’s dependent on how you hang the towel itself – on our hooks, I am always sure to use a flat part of the middle edge and they dry no problem (bonus if you use Turkish towels). My hubby puts his on in an overlapped lump and it never dries. His looks like it’s wrapped on the neck of a boxer after a sweaty round; I find myself fixing his most days (partially because I’m a nice wife, partially because it saves me from extra laundry). We’re in Florida so it’s pretty humid and musty. But it probably also depends on where you live.

Lisa T.
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I agree with this, large towels never seem to dry out properly on hooks. I only use hooks for hand towels, and that has its own annoyances because most towels don’t have a loop or the loop is in the corner. Hand towels with middle loops are much more convenient, when you can find them!

Allison
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa T.

Agreed. Towels don’t dry completely on hooks! I have to spread mine out on a bar. Hooks are cute, though.

emma
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa T.

I agree with the doesn’t-dry fraction. To me the only solution that ever really worked well for many towels is the pull out aluminium drying rack from manufactum. Hooks really didn’t work for us, especially if you want to hang more than a couple of towels, in addition to the being folded part, they are just way to close together on hooks.

Sarah
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I think doing a hook bar is a bad idea for this reason. However, I got single hooks and spaced them about 8 inches apart on our wall – the towels don’t touch, and they seem to dry completely and haven’t been musty. We live in a humid area (SC) but do have a vent fan in the bathroom to keep moisture down.

Lissa
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I feel like towels don’t dry properly on either bars or hooks. I always hang my bath towel over the shower rod and then transfer it to the bar after it’s dry. I guess the solution is to get one of those bars that kind of swivels out so that both sides of the towel is exposed to the air? Do those exist or am I making that up?

Jody
3 years ago
Reply to  Lissa

I had one of my greatest homekeeping/marriage easing successes with this topic! We had towel hooks. Came with the house. We had TONS of towels. Due to 5 people using towels and towels not being fully dry or for whatever reason suspect. we were going thru many loads of towels each week. So new system: each person gets one Turkish color coded towel. They’re thin and dry fast. Color is yours so no worries a kid did who knows what with it. Girls get two towels (one each for our hair). In the wash they all go and right back on the hooks they go every couple days. No more folding washing and storing heaps of towels and you’ve got a clean and super dry towel all the time. Plus the soft array of colors look pretty in our bathroom. For our new house I’m looking for new hooks so thanks for this timely post of suggestions!!

Emily
3 years ago
Reply to  Jody

Excuse my ignorance: What are Turkish towels, and where do I find them?

Emily
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Other Emily ;), hammam towels is another name for them – they are thin, woven, cotton I think?, beautiful towels that you can find on etsy. I’m trying to convert my family to them. They aren’t cushy and absorbent in the same way, but they feel lovely, look pretty, dry faster, fold up tiny, and can double as beach and picnic blankets.

Jody
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I got ours by searching Turkish towels on Etsy. They’re still going strong after 7 years and we even use them at the pool because they take up so little space in a beach bag and dry fast in the sun.

MelissaB
3 years ago
Reply to  Jody

Growing up there were 4 kids and 2 parents and my mom had 3 sets of different colored towels, everyone had their name neatly written with sharpie on the seamed edge where the towel indented so no one fought over who’s towel was who’s. Each week they all went in the laundry (it was one of many of the kids chores to do) and then a new color got swapped out while those were in the wash. My mom ran a fun but tight ship and our house was always no more than 5 minutes from ever being ready for a guest to drop by. As an adult I appreciate the “adulting” lessons she taught us all but it’s funny to see which siblings rejected it and which adopted it!

Sid
3 years ago
Reply to  Jody

I can HIGHLY endorse this type of approach. We’re in a humid climate and the thin cotton “turkish” towels dry easily on hooks within a couple of hours. Each family member gets a designated hook. I’ll never go back to regular towels or bars… unless someone gifts me one of those beautiful heated, european wall racks/radiators 🙂

3 years ago
Reply to  Jody

I love this idea so much!! Might need to copy you 🙂

denisegk
3 years ago
Reply to  Jody

We do this as well because the linen storage in our house is basically zero. Everyone has a towel, uses it twice before putting it in the laundry, and I do much less towel laundry now. It’s heaven! So, we have 3 girls and adding in me that’s 4 ladies with haaaaaair. So, I swapped out the “hair towels” for those turbie twistie towels from TV. They work really well, and they are small so they don’t take up as much space on the wall (which can start to look like we mounted the fleece of Snuffalupagus on it), in the laundry bin, or the w/d. It’s been a GREAT change. You may want to try it.

Margaret
3 years ago
Reply to  Lissa

I have one. IKEA. Don’t know how to link, but widely available.

Susie Q.
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I think it depends on the type of towel, as well as how you hang that towel. I see that a lot of people have bath towels that are extremely thick, fuzzy, and almost as large as beach towels. My bath towels aren’t like that, so drying them on a hook is not a problem. I have a couple bath towels that are thin and almost *scratchy*–they are great for drying yourself off! I know thin and scratchy sounds terrible, but I love them. I have an additional trick: I bought some clip on curtain rings (like you’d use for cafe curtains). On one end is a ring. On the other end is a little clamp. I clamp a corner of the towel and hang the ring on the hook. Towels are much more likely to get air and not fall from the hook. One more trick: I have hooks that look almost exactly like #8. Mine are from Ikea and are meant to be used in the bathroom. I hung these hooks next to the door in my apt (because the wall space there was very narrow) and use them for bags, etc. However, because the hooks are wooden… Read more »

Catt
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I completely agree! We have huge towels and they don’t dry properly on hooks….but I love the look of towel hooks. Lots of other great ideas shown here for hooks.

Brittany
3 years ago
Reply to  Iz

I’m so shocked that so many people are having this drying issue. I used to live in CA where there was no humidity really but we have since moved to super humid south Texas (on the gulf coast by the ocean) and we have never really had this issue. I use an over the door hook (it’s not pretty but there is too much tile and not enough wall-space for a proper hook). As long as we leave the bathroom door open when we are done and turn on the ceiling vent during showers there really isn’t any more moisture in the air in comparison to the rest of the house.

I’ve got pretty fluffy bath sheets too and while they might not be totally dry if you wanted to shower again in under 12 hours, they are almost always dry by the next morning.

Molly
3 years ago

YES! I’m actually forever annoyed by perfectly styled “no-touch” towels on a towel bar. Why have towels hanging that you cannot use?! Thank you for the prescription to this malady!

Lindsey
3 years ago
Reply to  Molly

My grandmother used to have embroidered towels in a hall bath with a note pinned saying “do not use” haha! I never understood.

Jennifer 70
3 years ago
Reply to  Lindsey

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this! If it’s your own relative, I guess the answer is: both.

Tracey (From KY)
3 years ago

YES! I’m all about the hooks for bathrooms. And you don’t have to worry about people hanging the towels straight. 🙂

Katy
3 years ago

Unrelated question, I see you have a painting in your bathroom, is this an issue with steam? I want to do the same, but I am concerned it might ruin a good painting.

Robyn
3 years ago

We’re getting started renovating our guest bath and I can’t wait to take down the towel bar. It’s right over the toilet which is pointless and a little gross. We’ll be using hooks next to the shower and I think I spotted one I like on this roundup. Thanks!!

Amy
3 years ago

Holy crap. I don’t know why this has never occurred to me. You’re not only saving marriages, but the corner of our (only) bathroom door, which has suffered at the hand of countless wet towels being hung up to dry. THANK YOU.

3 years ago

I don’t think you’re being lazy, but I do think this shows LA climate bias! 🙂 Here in Seattle, I can’t get away with hooks—they’d never dry fast enough. Plus I find stuff falls off a hook more easily (am I just bad at hook hanging?) I love the look and the space saving (and the ease of installation compared to bars) but I can’t get on board for towels, only coats and purses and hats and such.

Reply to  Virginia

Virginia, I live here in Seattle and I have only used hooks in my bathroom for 15+ years. We have not had trouble with towels drying. I will agree – I’m not sure these options above are the best option for our climate. I use single, wall-mounted hooks. This allows the towels to be spaced out from each other. I love the ease of hooks and have found it can work in the PNW.

Elisa F
3 years ago

Fellow Seattlite here. I’m a hooker, too. (winky face.) My issue with bars is that I would have to have one bar for each towel and spread each towel unfolded on the bar in order for them to dry. That’s a lot of wall real estate. With well-spaced single hooks, like Virginia said, no problems. In one bathroom I was able to install the hooks right over the forced-air floor vent which helped the towels dry crazy fast.

Robin
3 years ago

I love the towel hook idea too! We have a towel bar next to the toliet (I’m not sure why that bothers me) but neither of us use it. There is a closer closet door next to the shower that we just sort of drape our towels over as if the door is a hook. So yes this sounds like the better way to go!

We live in AZ and we never have a problem with towels drying out by the next time we need them. However I’ve noticed when we travel to more humid areas they are always damp. Does the towel hook solution work for people in other climates? I’m just curious. I know when I’m in North Dakota in the winter time, I think the best invention on earth is the heated towel rack!

3 years ago

No!! Nothing lazy about it!! Just that how many of us have installed a towel bar to only to have to remove it bc it’s been yanked out of the wall! And then you have a sad place that leads to patching and eventually re-painting said wall!! And in our case we can’t even reach towel bar so we put towel over shower door (hoping it doesn’t get wet!). I’m looking for the “button” style hook I thought I saw as I looked through your other posts. That would be the ticket for us because we only have a 4″ wall space that we can put a hook of some kind! Loved finding this post though on towel bars because me and my decorator friend were having this very discussion this week and I said I don’t want another towel bar installed on my walls!! Hooks are the solution!! She said we were trendsetters!! Thanks for the help and the links to ALL the hooks available out there. Btw we installed 3 hooks in our bedroom for a hat, a bag and a robe. It was a Pottery Barn find. New product just added to their catalog & website. They’re… Read more »

Robin
3 years ago

I love the towel hook idea too! We have a towel bar next to the toliet (I’m not sure why that bothers me) but neither of us use it. There is a closer closet door next to the shower that we just sort of drape our towels over as if the door is a hook. So yes this sounds like the better way to go!

Althougth I know when I’m in North Dakota in the winter time, I think the best invention on earth is the heated towel rack!

3 years ago
Reply to  Robin

I agree about the heated towel rack! Love them when we were in Europe!

JOSH
3 years ago

Thank you! I love this idea. I just removed my towel bars, but have yet to replace them because I wasn’t sure what to get. Love #1 from Rejuvenation. So cool!

Netter
3 years ago

I definitely like the simplicity and casual vibe. I have a couple questions/ concerns.
1. Does the towel dry as well? Seems like it’s kind of bunched up.
2. How do you keep things from slipping off? That’s always been my problem with hooks.

Rachel
3 years ago

I love this! (More than I should!!!)

Abigail
3 years ago

I love the look, but I’ve always had wet towels dry kinda musty/funky when hung this way? Nobody else? Thrilling point, I know…

SheLikesToTravel
3 years ago
Reply to  Abigail

I switched to hooks more than a year ago and I think they keep my towels fresher for a longer period of time. Although I live in the middle of a desert were things dry out fast.

Katie
3 years ago

I have found that the towels don’t dry out as well on hooks and as someone who really hates drying with a damp towel, I may have to put up with the towel bar, however annoying it may be. I totally love the idea of having hooks in an entry though! So fun to style.

3 years ago

We have them in our mudroom for coats and hats, etc. – high AND low so the kids have a set and they are brilliant. I never would have thought about putting them in the bathroom, but I’m over here looking at the pictures going, “ohhhhh……yessssss…..that makes so much sense!” Next house!

Leslie
3 years ago

The only problem with towel hooks is that the towels really don’t dry as well. And there is nothing worse than getting out of the shower and being greeted by a slightly damp towel! I had to use hooks in my current bathroom because it’s small and we didn’t have room for a towel bar. Yes, it’s convenient. But I miss a bar!

Gayle
3 years ago

Emily- although I love he look of hooks, that’s what we currently have in our master bath. The problem switch hooks vs bars is that the towels can not be spread out to dry. If you’re someone like me that barely dries off after a shower, it works fine. But if you are like my husband who dries off completely with his towel, the hooks just don’t allow his towel to dry out – and all of his towels look pretty bad after a couple of uses. I’m not saying don’t go for hooks because they are pretty, but just know If your towels are really wet after a shower, it will take them much longer to dry thoroughly!

Jo
3 years ago

This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me as we are about to paint our bathroom and wanting to change from the current cheap towel bar to some nice hooks. And there you are to guide me, thank you! Love this roundup!

Caud
3 years ago

Find these roundups of functional pieces so helpful. Where is the hand towel in the first photo from? I think the bath towels are target? Going for similar linen look in my bathroom.

caud
3 years ago

I find these roundups of functional items so helpful–thank you! Wanted to know where the hand towel in the first picture is from? I believe bath towels might be from Target? Redoing our bathroom and going for similar look but can’t seem to find the right hand towel.

Kari
3 years ago

We have a towel bar for the perfect folded towel and a hook on the back of the door for usuable towels. I use the same Turkish towels for both, and I love the layered look. Now the only fight in our house is that I refuse to buy the huge, overly plush, Walmart towel eyesores my husband prefers. Ugh…

Vicki
3 years ago
Reply to  Kari

Ahhhh, get your hubby some towels that he likes, just for him. He’s worth it :))

Robin
3 years ago
Reply to  Kari

I tried the turkish towels but found they don’t soak up water! I went back to my ugly walmart towels :/

3 years ago

Great round up! Always looking for wall hook options!

On another unrelated note…..do we get to see the master bathroom reveal soon? I’m dying over here!

Alicia
3 years ago

DUDE!

Such a good post. I have been meaning to research some good wall hook options for a few spots around my house. NOW I DON’T HAVE TO! *High Five*

Thanks Emily + team!

Alicia
3 years ago
Reply to  Alicia

Side note: Link 22 is bad/broken. Just FYI!

Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Alicia

All fixed! Thanks! xx

Amber
3 years ago

To the damp towel concerns, I’d recommend thinner towels. I live on the humid east coast and have a tiny bathroom that gets really steamy, and switching to Japanese style towels solved our dampness issue. Turkish style towels work too. They also are less likely to fall off hooks.

patricia
3 years ago

I’ve always been all about the hooks. Every bedroom needs to have one on its door. After a shower, upon dressing, the towel can be hung up so as to be used again tomorrow.
I recently bought a very cool condo and it didn’t feel finished until there were hooks on the bathroom and bedroom door. After every shower I was like “Where the heck am I supposed to put this thing?”
HOOKS!

CAT
3 years ago

This post is so timely. I just said to my boyfriend, “Don’t use the hand towels, they’re just for show.” Cause it DRIVES me batty to see a hand towel hanging all wonky in its ring. Perhaps we should talk hooks for hand towels as well as larger towels????

MaryMargaret
3 years ago

Hooks forever! We have them on the backs of bathroom doors and by the sinks in all the baths! Yours not drying fast enough? You might have to launder more often OR do what we did and switch to some swank thin but thirsty striped Turkish towels that are great for the bath, the pool, as a picnic blanket or as an emergency wrap! Try the Linum line from Nordstrom (on sale) or even cheaper from Overstock! They are thin and dry fast. Might take a bit of getting used too — they are not fluffy and looped so a bit of a different drying off experience. Works and looks great!

3 years ago

yep, we should have hung hooks instead of a towel bar which doesn’t fit our oversized towels. It makes our bathroom look like crapola. I needed this post 8 years ago! Next home…..

Steph M.
3 years ago

Hooks are so good!! We redid our very small vintage bathroom and I had a hard time finding a place for bars that wouldn’t cramp it’s new style. I settled on hooks on the back of the door and they are so good! Functional and you only know they’re there if you’re in the room with the door shut.

AliJ
3 years ago

I joined the bathroom hook club this past winter and I am so glad I did! It makes it easier for my husband and my 9 year old daughter to hang it on a hook versus them just throwing it on a towel rack and me constantly fixing it so it saves my sanity too. I bought my hooks from Ikea and we love them!

Evelyn H.
3 years ago

We do both! Two towel bars for display towels only, and hooks for the towels we use everyday. 🙂 We stumbled upon it with our new house, and I love how neat and clean it looks! Best of both worlds… convenient and pretty. 🙂

CRYSTAL
3 years ago

I agree……I’m in the mood to hang one.

the ~hand towel~, will have to be the show stopper.

Lisa
3 years ago

Yes to the hook for towels, hats etc.

Tarynkay
3 years ago

Possibly this is not a problem in a dry climate like southern California, but here, using hooks leaves you with damp manky smelling towels. We prefer the bars so that the towels can be spread out and dry better. We even put in a shower curtain rod with an extra towel bar as part of it. We have 4 people sharing one small bathroom, so we ran out of wall space for towel bars. We also hung one at kid height so they can learn to rehang their towels.

Court
3 years ago

We did this! We took down our towel bar & did 3 large individual hooks, reusing the old holes from the towel bar for the end hooks, we just added one set of holes for the center hook, and it gives the towels extra space to dry, none of them are touching so it’s perfect. My husband and I love it so much more & we’ve never had a mildew issue so far! Emily, you could still totally do this, using this method & you wouldn’t have to ruin your wallpaper!

Ali
3 years ago

Agreed!! I live in London where heating drying racks are popular and my husband also has trouble putting the towels nicely back ? He swears by the heated towels but then it always looks a mess

3 years ago

Omg this is so simple and genius!! When my husband actually hangs his towel back up it’s usually in a crumpled up mess that not only looks terrible, but WON’T ALLOW THE TOWEL TO DRY!! Grrr, can you tell this is an issue at our house. Thank you for saving our marriage!

Miranda
3 years ago

Hi there Emily + Team,

Recommendation about product posts. By the way, these are some of my absolute favorite posts. I think it would be so helpful if you could click on the image of lets say ‘hook 6’ and when clicking on said image the webpage to that hook would open as a new tap/window. This would save you from having to memorize all of the numbers for each hook you want to view. I just love so many of the options and at times it can be hard time remembering which numbers to click once I have scrolled to the bottom of the spread. Just a small detail and totally not necessary but would be exceedingly helpful! What are you thoughts on this?

Tracie
3 years ago

When I redid my 2 sons’ bathroom years ago, I put hooks on the wall for their towels. What are the odds of boys under the age of 12 (or 23 for that matter) hanging their towels back on a towel rack. Zilch!

Britt
3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this practical idea!!! Can you please do a wood flooring round up? I’m looking for the perfect wood flooring for my new house and need help!

Annie
3 years ago

I’m already on team hook, and can confirm that this concept saves relationships. Now searching for a solution to shoes all over the entrance that keep the door from opening. Thoughts!?

MelissaB
3 years ago
Reply to  Annie

Ohh I know this one! Depending on the house we were at and how much storage space was by the door we’ve used a few options..

We’ve used this and cut a nice wood stained top for our keys, mail etc… http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10031987/

We’ve done just big and small baskets by the door to keep shoes wrangled…and my favorite that we still use today is this one that I instantly made my husband make after reading it here on EHB ages ago…we left ours bare wood and it still looks brand new even though we live in an area with many seasons that contain mud! Thanks Emily for the stylish DIY’s you used to do!

https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/customize-it-entryway-shoe-organizer

Kat
3 years ago

I am a huge fan of peg rails (as I, and the Shakers, call them). I did a DIY continuous peg rail in my master bathroom, so there are pegs literally all around the room to hang things on. It’s amazing. I’m planning on doing the same in my guest bath, only with Ikea pegrails (which I didn’t see on your round-up – the Kubbis, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10289576/). We did that in my mom’s guest bath and it looks adorable. We have Ikea towels, too, which all have the little loop for hanging, so it’s perfect! I’m even thinking about putting these in my (future) nursery – at about 2/3 height, all the way around the room, as the upper trim for wainscoting or board and batten below (painted to match) and paint above. I feel like the pegs will be all kinds of helpful for baby and kid things – bags, hangers, towels, etc. Hooks 4 ever!

olivia
3 years ago

I’m shocked (SHOCKED!) Eames hang it all didn’t make the list.

Great options all-round though 🙂

Steph
3 years ago

I wish for pretty hooks like these in my bathroom so bad! Our typical pretty expensive but pretty crappy LA rental apartment- one bathroom has FOUR ugly towel bars, and the other has SIX ugly towel bars. Who needs that many towel bars??? None of them match, some of them are crooked and it’s just the worst. I removed one, but it (like all its other towel bar friends) was never removed for routine painting, so taking it off left these huge gaping paint chippy holes that were impossible to patch and so I sadly put the towel bar back up.

Karla
3 years ago

We just moved in to a house with bars & hooks in the master bath and hubby still prefers the bar, lol. I gave up a while ago on having pretty folded towels in the bathrooms as we live here and it’s not worth obsessing over. The guest bath has a hand towel in the ring by the sink but I don’t worry about displaying towels on the bar as it’s just something extra to be cleaned if we don’t have company for a while. Guests are more than welcome to pull out a set from under the sink if they stay long enough to shower.

Jody
3 years ago

We did this in our master, which is also very dinky. Genius level marriage saver!

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