double towel bar vs. hooks

MabiesMarch 19, 2014

We have a small bathroom, small space for towels... basically all that is available is a 24" wide wall between the vanity and the corner, and the pocket door will be closing right at that corner.

We are considering a double towel rack, but it sticks out about 4-3/4"... I think it might feel like it's crowding a person walking into the room. The switches also need to be above the towel rack. fwiw, contractor is looking to see if he can slide the pocket door about 4" so at least there is a typical width of moulding around the door.

I prefer the look and simplicity of hooks. Seems like towels need to be hung carefully on a bar to look decent. Bathroom potentially shared by all four family members, so some of the towels will need to be hung in bedrooms to dry.

Any ideas/thoughts appreciated!

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We have a similar sized space, our pocket door closes right next to the wall (you can barely see wee bit of wall in bottom right corner-haven't painted/installed trim yet).

I have a towel warmer that sticks out the same as a double towel bar would, door is only 28", I am a wide woman and have absolutely no problems or feel at all crowded entering the BR.

How about 2 hooks above a double towel bar? Then room for four towels. Switch could be in between, just have hooks high enough.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 4:30PM
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We have very little room for towels in our hall bath. After years of draping towels over the shower curtain rod I added these hooks in a narrow space right next to the tub.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:24PM
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And this double rack with shelves next to the vanity. It sticks out a bit more than I'd like, probably close to 6" but I've grown used to it and it's a vast improvement,

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:25PM
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I have hooks in each of my bathrooms. The wet towels hung on hooks take forever to dry out, they are usually not completely dry even by the second day. You might want to experiment to see how fast yours will dry out before you commit.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 7:38PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

You can try out hooks using Command Hooks. They are easily removed and re-useable with no damage to your walls/doors/etc. Then if you like hooks, you can commit to drilling holes. Suggest you get light weight faster drying towels too.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 7:49PM
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I really like the hooks we used in our daughter's bath. There are only 3 of them but they're double hooks so she can also use them for her robes and to hang wet bathing suits to dry. This room also serves as the guest bath and they worked out really well when we had company visiting from out of town, because everyone had their own hook.

We haven't experienced any issues with the towels drying out between each use, but we're in sunny, dry California and I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

Be sure to try out different hooks. I originally ordered the Mercer hooks from Pottery Barn, but the heavy towels wouldn't stay put. These are the vintage hooks from Restoration Hardware and we haven't had a problem. They're very heavy and "curvier" than some other hooks.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 8:06PM
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Dont know where you are, OP, but we live in the hot, very humid South, and towel hooks are not a practical option for us. Simolar to lisadlu, we stick with towel bars, otherwise the towels won't dry out well and will then sour :-(.

I hear you about the projection of the double bar, though. I wanted one for our master bath remodel but decided against it for the same reasons as you--it just felt like it would project too far into the walkway of our narrow bath.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 12:04AM
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Sorry I don't have a picture, but I elected to hang two standard rod towel racks, one above the other, in a newer bathroom. This gives me room to hang four towels. The top ones are probably too tall for a child to reach, but works well if you have multiple adult guests or adults and children sharing the room. We had this setup in our house growing up. It's nice to not have the towel racks stick out too much, but still be able to hang more than a few towels.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:59AM
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I bought several long, single towel bars, without really thinking through their placement. I discovered one bar was too long, and decided to go with a short double towel bar. We love its utility, hand towels and bath mat. And the master bath's door closes.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 2:19AM
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