Towel Bar vs Towel Hook

Heather Asiyanbi - 7/30/18 12:49 PM

An organized bathroom has a place for everything and everything in its place, which is one reason why bathroom accessories are so important. Accessories are also the finishing touch for any bathroom design; the details are small but matter, like whether or not you install towel bars or towel hooks. Each one has it own aesthetic and make your new bathroom look great, but the one that works best for you can vary depending on the size of your bathroom and how much ventilation you have in your bathroom.

Towel Bars

Ranging in length from 18 to 36 inches, towel bars are an attractive and functional way to hang towels after bath time and showering. You can add towel bars that are part of your faucet's collection, creating a cohesive look for your bathroom, or, you also have the freedom to add pieces that complement your overall design, pulling your look together without being an exact match.

Emily Henderson Towel BarsFormer HGTV personality Emily Henderson installed unlacquered brass faucets and fixtures throughout her L.A. home, including a towel bar in her master bathroom. While she appreciates the way the towel bar contributes to her bathroom's French country design, she laments her choice because her husband doesn't quite share her need to keep towels orderly.

"Both of us are slightly annoyed and the bathroom always looks a mess. Now, because we put ours into wallpaper I probably won’t change it but if I could go back in time I would use wall mounted hooks," she wrote in a blog post.

But, in response to feedback from readers who don't live in breezy, southern California, Emily notes that if you live in an area of the country with high humidity and/or your bathroom doesn't get great ventilation, then robe hooks might not work.

"Apparently in many more humid climates towels don’t dry on hooks unless they have a lot of space. We don’t have that problem here, so I was literally blown away when you all commented about it. GAH! I’m sorry!!" she added. 

Towel Hooks

Towel hooks are handy accessories because they have a low-profile and can be installed to hold towels of all sizes as well as your robe for padding around after your shower. If towel bars are more formal, towel hooks are definitely a little more casual though no less stylish.

Prodigal Pieces Towel HooksAnd, while Emily believes towel hooks would reduce some of her bathroom-styling angst, Larissa Haynes from Prodigal Pieces relies on the convenience of towel hooks to keep her family's towels neat in between baths and showers.

Larissa and her husband have six children and just one bathroom, so keeping their shared space neat and orderly is a priority. Because towel bars can appear more formal, towel hooks definitely fit the Haynes' casual style, and they don't need as much room as a towel bar.

"With 8 of us, we needed plenty of space to hang our towels," Larissa noted in her blog post detailing her DIY bathroom makeover.

Decision Time

Whether you choose towel bars or towel hooks will, in large part, depend on how much room you have in your bathroom. Towel bars occupy more real estate on your wall, but you can hang towels in a uniform fashion and feel confident that towels will dry in between baths and showers. Towel hooks take up considerably less space, but towels can get bunchy where they loop onto the hook and mildew can grow in towel folds, creating unwelcome odors.

Towel bars are considered the more formal of the two while towel hooks are definitely more casual.

As expected, towel bars can be more expensive because there's more to them, but, in the end, your design scheme and style will dictate which accessory you add to your remodel budget.

Towel Rings

There is a case to be made for a towel ring as well, but they're really better for smaller hand towels near your bathroom sink. The design of the towel ring would bunch up your bath towels and trap moisture where mold and mildew can grow and create unpleasant odors. 

Topics: Bathroom- Decision Guide- Accessories

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