Where to Store the Towels When You Don’t Have a Linen Closet

When I was planning my bathroom renovation, I knew that one of my issues was towel storage. In my existing situation, they wound up smushed in the vanity underneath the sink’s P-trap, crowded by cleaning supplies and hair appliances. So I turned to Houzz photos for solutions. Here are some of the best ideas I found.

Open Vanity Shelving

With the wide variety of ready-made vanities as well as custom work available, there are all sorts of configurations where open towel storage is part of the vanity. Here’s a lesson from the beautiful photo styling we see on Houzz every day: Neatly folded matching towels are the way to go with this solution. The next few photos illustrate various configurations. See if any of them suit your style.

There are many options, including the clean look of this cantilevered vanity with open cubbies on the bottom.

Here is a modern washstand interpretation of this idea:

If you are a symmetry fan, this one is for you. It has open shelves in the center of the vanity (free from those pesky P-traps).

With baskets. If you don’t have time for that Martha Stewart-esque perfect folding and you like your towels more hidden, you can put baskets on the vanity’s open shelves.

In this bathroom, the wicker baskets add to the beachy vibe, playing off the jute rug and wooden table.

You may opt for loose baskets or for basket drawers on sliders.
These baskets tuck nicely into the vanity. And their dip-dyed style plays beautifully off the pattern on the floor.


A row of hooks can add a functional and decorative element to a blank wall. But if you will be mixing your damp towels with your fresh ones on a rack like this, make sure the wall behind it can stand up to moisture.

Freestanding Furniture

In a larger bathroom, a freestanding piece like an étagère can make your bathroom more interesting and provide a lot of storage. If you don’t want to worry about folding everything neatly, consider a shelf that incorporates doors or drawers in its design.
Here a matching freestanding cabinet mixes drawer storage below and doors with  top. Apeek through reveals white towels and other neatly organized items.
Recessed Niches

This towel nook is a compelling part of the thoughtful, clean-lined architecture of this bathroom.
on top. A peek through reveals white towels and other neatly organized items.

The wall at the end of the bathtub can be a good spot to place a recessed niche for towels.

Built-in. This bathroom combines the idea of the recessed niche with cabinetry that matches the vanity.

Floating. This option keeps fresh towels handy for those who love a soak. Note that these shelves do not extend over the edge of the tub, or they could be a head-banging risk.

Over the commode. Speaking of safety, cabinets and racks over the loo are often referred to as “headbangers.” We often forget that, in a tight space, there’s room in this spot for storage. Just make sure you can put it where it won’t keep earning that moniker.
article credit:  www.houzz.com

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