Make Your Own Towel Rack

You’ve just finished drying off after a long shower. Where do you put your wet towel? Throwing it on the floor creates clutter, dirties your towel, and doesn’t allow it to dry properly. However, you can’t fold your towel back up right away either if you want it to dry quickly. This situation is where a good towel rack comes in handy. Towel racks help you air-dry your used towels and also act as a storage method in a smaller bathroom space.

A good towel rack, however, can be difficult to find. Pre-built towel racks can be expensive and may not fit your custom space perfectly. Having a professional come and install a towel rack can be inconvenient as well as expensive.

But a towel rack doesn’t have to be a complicated purchase or build — especially if you can build and install one yourself! In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to build the perfect towel rack for your space. Read on to learn more.

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Towel Rack?

You’ve probably seen a towel rack before — after all, they’re not all that uncommon in bathrooms or bedrooms. However, did you know that not all towel racks are the same? Certain variables can make all the difference in how quickly your towels dry and how well the space in your room is maximized, such as the length of the hooks that towels hang from, the material that the hooks are made from and even the differences between a mounted and standing rack.

When building your own towel rack, you’ll want to make sure that you use quality materials that are sturdy and long-lasting. Instead of using plastic hooks to hang your towels, consider using metal or wooden hooks that are stronger and less susceptible to damage over time.

What Materials Are Needed?

Now that you know the characteristics of a good towel rack, it’s time to gather the necessary materials to begin your towel rack building process. Luckily, building a towel rack isn’t an expensive DIY endeavor. In fact, it’s much more affordable than buying a pre-built rack. Here are the materials that you’ll need:

  • One wooden 1×8-inch board
  • Wood saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Sponge
  • Drill
  • 2-inch construction screws
  • Three hooks (metal or wood)
  • Level
  • Stud finder

How to Build Your Own Towel Rack

With your materials in hand and a vision for your finished product in mind, it’s time to begin building your own towel rack. Remember, one of the most exciting things about a DIY project is that you have the freedom to create whatever you want to fit virtually any space. If you have any problems or make any mistakes along the way, treat it as a learning experience. The important part is what the finished product looks like. Follow these instructions to build your own towel rack.

1. Determine the Space

Before you can begin the actual building process, it’s important that you determine where you’ll be putting your towel rack to ensure that your finished product will fit. Scope out the space where you’d like to install your towel rack and measure the area. Ensure that the area is practical and in a good location for you. For example, if you mainly use a towel rack right after exiting the shower, it makes the most sense to install the rack near your shower or at least in the bathroom.

Remember you should also account for the towels themselves. Since they’ll be hanging a foot or two below the actual rack, you’ll want to ensure that there’s enough space to let them hang freely. 

2. Measure and Cut

Now that you know where you’ll be installing your rack, take the measurements of the space so you can begin your project. With the measurements of your wall space in mind, decide how long you want your towel rack to be. Once you determine the length, you can mark your board with the measurements and cut it using a wood saw.

3. Sand and Stain Your Wood

With your wood cut to the desired length, next up you’ll want to use sandpaper to sand down the surface of the wood until it’s smooth. Not sanding the wood properly may lead to splinters, visual imperfections and a lower-quality finished product.

After sanding the wood, use a sponge and wood stain to stain both sides. Let it sit to dry for around an hour.

4. Find Wall Studs

While you’re waiting for your wood stain to dry, it may be a good time to check for any wall studs in the area that you’re planning to install your towel rack. Use a stud finder to find and mark where the studs are in your wall. You’ll want to target these areas to screw your rack into to ensure that it is properly attached to your wall. 

5. Level and Secure Your Rack

Once your wood stain dries, it’s time to attach your rack to the wall. Place your board against the wall and use a level to ensure that it’s placed flat and straight. Mark a level line on the wall. Using the mark to match the board to the wall level, use a drill to insert three 2-inch screws into the board — one in the middle and one on either side of it further out.

Don’t worry about what the screws look like, as you’ll be adding your towel hook over the top of them soon.

6. Add Towel Hooks

With your wooden board secure and level on the wall, it’s time to add the hooks that will eventually hold your towels up. Place your hooks over the top of the screws that are holding your rack on the wall.

Most hooks take two 2-inch screws to be firmly attached to the wall. Drill each hook into the board to finish your towel rack build.

7. Hang your towels

Now that you’ve fastened the wooden board to the wall and the hooks to the board, your towel rack is almost complete, but there’s one final step — adding the towels!

A towel rack isn’t complete without good quality and comfortable towels hanging from it. At Towel Super Center, we’re committed to providing our customers with a wide selection of premium and economy towels at incredible discount pricing. With thousands of products available, Towel Super Center is sure to have the towels and washcloths that will best match your new rack!

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