Towel rack alternative ?

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I’m curious if anyone uses a coat hook for bathroom towels and if so your thoughts. Like? Dislike? Would you do again or change back to towel rack if you could? I love the look but not sure how well towels dry especially here in NC. Thanks!


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  • Janice Janice on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi Pam, I use the towel bars because that's what was aleady in my bathroom. A friend uses hooks and I believe it really is personal preference. The hooks allows the towels to dry within 24 hours, so no problem there. IMHO, the hooks provide a more casual look. Just be sure the hooks you use project enough away from where they are attached to allow the towels to stay on the hook. Some towels from Ikea actually have loops on the sides to hang from hooks for those who like that idea.

    Do what makes YOU happy!

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi! We use both a towel rack and hooks. Vastly prefer the towel bar. The towels on the hooks dry really slowly and get stinky faster.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 18, 2021

    When I remodeled my bathroom I used hooks. I liked them for a while, but they stuck out too far. I did notice the towels took longer to dry and I think it made the bathroom look sloppy. I repaired the wall where the 2 hooks were and added a towel rack. I did leave a hook on the back of the door for my robe.

  • Taniya Bellamy Jones Taniya Bellamy Jones on Jan 18, 2021

    I have hooks behind my door and I have a tall bookcase and I roll up my extra towels and I place them in the shelved.

  • Both my bathrooms have both towel bars and hooks. Towel bars are for the pretty display (guest) towels and hooks for the towels I actually use. However I live in a hot arid climate where even in the winter, the towels dry in a matter of a few hours. And I don't have a bathroom door. Small home and has pocket doors so some of the choices were made for me. The back of the bedroom door i have a slew of hooks for towels, turbie twists, robes, nightgowns. No one comes in since we are in the midst of a pandemic. Besides visitors are rarely in my master bedroom/bath anyway. It is truly a climate and personal style choice.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 18, 2021

    We have hooks and no towel bar. For years we have toyed with the idea of a heated towel bar/rack, it never happened although it sounds like a delightful idea.

    As others have stated, and correctly, the towels on the hooks do dry slower. However, the terry cloth bath mat goes over the side of the tub to dry quicker.

    In addition, hubby hangs his bathrobe and sometimes flannel shirts on the hooks, which slows the towel drying time.

  • I use a hook that attaches to the back of the door. If I want to hang it like a towel rack I just use the curtain rod.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jan 18, 2021

    I have used large hooks for years. I am in Florida, and I have never had a problem with my towels not drying. I will certainly keep using the hooks.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi Pam. Our house came with a powder/laundry room. We have a towel ring to hold a hand towel right by the sink in the powder room. And it works well for us. No towels hanging around to look messy. Our hall bathroom has a linen closet in it. No towel bar in this bathroom either. All 3 bedrooms have hooks on the back of the doors. They are the kind that are like a U shape and go over the top of the door. They cause no damage at all. (I didn't want hooks that screwed into the door.) We dry our towels by hanging them on these hooks. And it's a system that works well for us. Good luck Pam.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi! I have a row of pegs on a board and love it! They are sometimes listed as Shaker pegs if you want to buy some. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 18, 2021

    Love hooks for hanging coats, keys and towels too.

    It is a good way to organize smaller areas.


    From Hometalk's library of info:

    Pro: Easier For Kids

    Pro: No Towel Folding Required

    Pro: Takes Less Horizontal Space On Wall

    Pro: Can Hang More Hooks For More People & Use Less Space

    Con: Wash Towels More Frequently Due To Possible Incomplete Drying

    Con: Towels Can Look Sloppier, More Casual

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 18, 2021

    Hello. In the past besides towel racks we have used peg boards and over the door coat and wall mounted towel hooks.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 18, 2021

    Hi Pam: I have one in my bathroom and like it quite well. If you don't bunch them up, they will dry. If you can spread them over 2 hooks, they will dry quicker, but all in all, I like it :)

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 19, 2021

    I have the kind you screw directly in the wall and love them. So much better than a towel rack because I can hang them in less space. I haven't had any issues with mildew or my towels not drying. However we leave our bathroom doors open so the room can dry out after a shower.

  • Baxter Baxter on Jan 19, 2021

    I have towel hooks and drying towels is not a problem. I never did like the messy look of towels thrown over a towel bar. I am in NC too.

  • Annie Annie on Jan 20, 2021

    I use a coat hook style hanger on the back of bathroom doors. Seems to be just fine for us

  • I have a wooden shelf with 4 hooks on it for all our bath towels and I love it!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 24, 2021

    I have both, small towel bars for the folded towels to hang on, and hooks for the towels in use.

  • Amy Amy on Jan 24, 2021

    I have door hooks I bought from dollar tree on all my doors. Yes I use the one in the bathroom for towels to dry and same in my room. That's where I go to dry off so why not hang towels there too. I just have to remember to grab them before my shower lol.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 01, 2021

    Hello there,

    I have towel Rings, Rails and Hooks. I think Rings are ok, but the towels are never put back right, The Hooks are not good if towel is damp as they go out of shape when dry, so my first choice would be towel rail. Hope that helps!

  • Pamk Pamk on Mar 01, 2021

    Thanks for the info! I ended up going with a towel rod vs hooks although I did hang a hook next to the tub/ shower combo for easy reach. The bathroom is narrow and holding up hooks to the wall I realized it was a space issue. I was afraid guests might catch their arms on the hooks or kids might hit their heads on them. I switched out the 24 inch one with an ORB and then bought an 28 inch one to hang on the wall behind the door so that two towels will dry more efficiently.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 01, 2021

    Hi Pam: I used coat hooks for a towel rack when my kids were young. I really liked it because it was easy for the kids to use. As long as the towels aren't bunched together, they should dry pretty easily.

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