How to Pick the Best Towel Rack?
Towel racks are the best way to store and dry your towels. And thanks to them, your towels will last longer. While looks are important, you should also keep hygiene in mind.
If your towels don’t dry properly, they might be infested with germs and bacteria. This is why picking a rack that fits your house is important.
It is also important, of course, that the rack you choose fits the general style and aesthetic of your bathroom.
Keep in mind your bathroom’s tiles, materials, and colors, as they are also important when picking your rack’s materials and design.
One little bad choice can disrupt the order of your bathroom’s colors and designs.
Now let’s take a look at a few ideas that can help you better evaluate your options.
The number of towel racks
Towel racks are the best way to store and dry your towels. And thanks to them, your towels will last longer. While looks are important, you should also keep hygiene in mind. If your towels don’t dry properly, they might be infested with germs and bacteria. This is why picking a rack that fits your house is important.
The first question you have to answer is, “how many towel racks do I need?” Drilling a wall can harm the paint if done too much, so the placement and number are important. Make sure your measurements are correct, or else you won’t be able to install the rack correctly.
Usually, two or three towel racks are used in the bathroom. One near the sink, one near the shower, and one near the bathtub. If you want to store your towels altogether, you can group them and have access to them from one location.
While aesthetics and comfort are important, so is practicality. A metal rack next to the bathtub, for example, can both give you access to a towel right after the bath and help you balance yourself while getting out of the tub. Yet you shouldn’t completely lean on it, as it is not made for supporting a human and thus might fail to do so.
The size of the rack
When thinking of racks and bars for towels, you should keep in mind that having one that is longer than the towel is important, as otherwise you might have overlapping towels.
Of course, you can always fold your towels in two in order to fit them, but this way they will take longer to dry and it might cause some unwanted guests on the towels, such as bacteria.
You might want to invest in smaller towels to store somewhere else and put them on the rack or bar when desired.
Sometimes a rack might not be enough to store your beautiful towels. And as time goes on, you might expand your towel collection and might need extra storage space.
You can fold and store your better or worse towels in another storage space. Just make sure they are not damp and are stacked separately.
Installation of the rack
Installation of towel racks can sometimes be tricky. So some decisions are made according to that. You can go this way, especially if you think you might change your mind in the future.
Some racks can be installed with a simple turn of the screw, but some may require professional tools or help. For example, for a wall-mounted rack, you have to use an electric drill and maybe anchors if your bathroom doesn’t have wall studs.
If you don’t want to drill or screw anything on your walls, you might opt for a free-standing towel rack. Or if you don’t have enough space in your bathroom, you might use an over-the-door rack.
You can also opt for racks that can be glued and removed whenever you wish. If you think industrial glue might harm your tiles, you can use racks with rubber adhesives.
Aesthetics and materials
If you find silver towel racks to be standard, you can choose quite a lot of different colors, materials, and shapes of towel racks.
You should avoid plastic ones as they are only temporary solutions due to their low durability. You can use plastic racks to try some colors or models, later changing them to a more expensive option.
Chrome is one of the best materials, as it fits many of the color arrangements. Their main downside is that they need regular maintenance. They should be cleaned with soap, water, and/or distilled vinegar.
Nickel and Brass
Brushed nickel towel racks give your bathroom a more luxurious look thanks to their matte finish, and they don’t need frequent maintenance like chrome. Polished brass is a great material if you are going for a more vintage look in your bathroom. Perhaps the main downside is that the price range for this item is more expensive than others.
Oil-rubbed bronze is another great option if you want a more old-school look.
If you have a general light color scheme in the bathroom, this one is great option.
It won’t show fingerprints or water stains, so it is easy to maintain. Like the two options above, this one is also a little costly.
Of course, if you want, you can opt for a custom color to match your tub, sink, or other bathroom decoration. For example, you can use a matte black towel rack in a mostly white or golden bathroom to create a contrast and elevate your bathroom’s style.
Last but not least, for sure, is how much your towel rack can support. Two or three towels are the general maximum capacity of a rack.
You shouldn’t stack towels as they won’t dry quickly and might cause bacteria to breed, creating a foul smell and an unhygienic situation.
If you like to use more than three towels simultaneously, you can find a rack with three bars, giving you more options both aesthetically and practically.
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