DIY Towel Rack

I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that the big budget bathroom makeover reveal will be next week!  The bad news is that you will have to hear me go on and on about two more projects before the reveal, including today’s DIY towel rack.

(If you’re bored by the bathroom, you can always check out my guest post on JourneyChic today, where I’m sharing my wardrobe essentials!)

But back to the towel rack…

From the beginning, I knew I wanted a whole slew of towel hooks in this room.  We have a lot of guests during the summer months, and the one towel bar that previously existed in the room was just not enough.  Now there are plenty of hooks for towels, robes, bags and clothes.

I was first inspired to make my own towel rack when I saw this picture on the West Elm site:


As it turns out, West Elm just uses the plank of wood to showcase its hardware; you can’t actually buy this piece.  But, I liked the idea of bringing in some natural wood with nicks, knots and cracks, which would add some character to an otherwise clean and modern looking room.

Since this piece would take up most of the wall space and double as art, I wanted the shape and color to complement the curtains I made and the mirrored sconce I added to the wall next to the toilet.  There is already so much white in the room, so I decided a nice almond color would be a perfect nod to the off-white curtains and the bamboo shade.

I found a simple 1 x 4 foot pine board at Lowe’s for $5.  While I was there, I picked up five hooks, d-rings for hanging, a bottle of spray paint and a bottle of spray enamel.  The total order was only $32.40 for all the supplies I needed for the project, with the hardware being the bulk of the cost.

First I used a plate to trace the cutting lines.

Using a jigsaw, I followed my lines and sanded it all down.  (Chris wasn’t home and it was too dangerous for me to take photos while using the jigsaw, so you’ll just have to imagine me in action!) I was quite pleased with the finished shape.

After a few coats of spray paint and enamel, and a couple of hours drying time, the base was ready.  The next steps required a lot of measuring, leveling and calculating.  It took some time to determine where the wall studs were and where the piece would hang, and to place the d-rings and hooks.  Math really isn’t my strong suit, but I lucked out and measured enough that I got everything in place with only a few minor errors.  My level laser/stud finder came in very handy.

I thought the towel holder needed some color, so I carefully wrapped some coordinating fabric leftover from the curtains around each of the hooks before placing them down and screwing through the fabric.  It just adds a little something.

Soon enough all five hooks were in and I was in business.  The towel hanging business, that is.

This same project could work well as a coat hook in an entry way or mud room, or even in a bedroom or walk-in closet.  Truly, the hardest part is doing the measuring math!

So, how do your towels hang?  Do you have an innovative towel storage solution, or do you use the traditional towel bars or hooks? Tell us all about it!

Linked this week to:


Cottage Instincts Make it for Monday

The Persimmon Perch: Made it Monday


  1. What a cute project! So much more interesting than traditional hooks. We have over-the-door hooks in our bathrooms, but my bathroom has a towel bar on the wall as well. Our big problem is where to store towels that aren’t in use (we don’t have a linen closet). Our master bath is awkwardly shaped and doesn’t have enough wall space for an installation like yours, or even a train rack above the toilet.

    Thanks for your guest post today!! Looking forward to the big bathroom reveal!

  2. Angie says:

    I have one similar to this that I made for my back door area. I used a piece of primed Boston Header trim for my board. Very simple – no need to test my jig saw skills.

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