Towel Bars: A Bathroom Essential
An appropriate-sized towel bar is vital for any bathroom, both practically and looks-wise. There are, however, a few things to be mindful of when purchasing and installing one. Let’s start by discussing the different types of towel bars on the market, followed by some tips about how you can choose one.
Types of Towel Bars
- Shower door towel bars
This is the most space-friendly towel bar you can install. It doubles as a door handle. The only limitation of this towel bar is that it is installed on a shower door (glass panel). So if your bathroom doesn’t have a shower cabin, you’ll have to resort to one of the options below.
- Wall-mounted towel bars
Wall-mounted towel bars are the most common ones. The whole set includes two wall mounts and a bar that goes between them. Before you buy one, it’s vital for you to consider the size of the bar, its height, and the appropriate location you wish to install it.
- Towel rings
Towel rings are wall-mounted too but instead of a long bar, they feature a ring that’s used to hang a towel. Their best use is being installed right next to the vanity for easy access to hand towels.
The types we’ve mentioned above are the primary types of towel bars — they’re the ones you’ll mostly find in most bathrooms. If you’re particularly hunting for towel bars, these ones should do. If you’re looking for any other alternatives for hanging towels, we’ve highlighted a few alternatives down below.
Are There Any Alternatives to Bathroom Towel Bars
Some people prefer installing towel hooks, valets, shelves, racks or basically anything that they can hang a towel on. While they’re all functional alternatives, none of them comes close to offering seamless access to towels as the traditional towel bars do.
Ideal Location for Installing Towel Bars in Bathroom
Regardless of the type of towel hanger you go for, if you’re not choosing the right spot for it, it will frustrate you. For instance, if you install a towel bar on your bathroom door, you may have to close the bathroom door every time you want to use the towel.
Choosing an ideal location for installing a towel bar comes down to easy access, hassle-free maneuverability and aesthetics.
Concluding: Things To Consider Before Buying a Towel Bar
As we wind up, we want to make sure you’ve got the proper know-how of choosing a towel bar for your bathroom. Here are a few things that you will need to consider:
Most first-time buyers forget that they need to consider the size of their towel bars. The bar should be wide enough to fit your widest towels. A wide towel bar will easily handle smaller towels but we can’t say the same for a narrow towel bar and larger towels.
Make sure you’ve got the ideal spot for the towel bar pin-pointed so you make the right purchase.
3. Installation height
A towel bar should ideally be installed around 45-inches above the ground. This is the ideal height for most adults and will position your towels for easy access. Note that this height is ideal for adults. If you’re installing a towel bar in the kids’ bathroom, you can bring the installation height to around 30 to 35 inches.
Lastly, make sure your bathroom accessories, vanity and tiles’ aesthetics blend well.