Towel bars are home improvement devices usually installed in the bathroom used primarily to hold towels. These bars help keep the towel dry by letting the air pass through its fibers, as well as prevent it to become moldy. Nowadays, towel bars come in different styles and materials, and are most common among the residences in North America.
Basically, a towel bar is a rod held securely two and a half inches away from the wall where it is installed. It can be used to hold either bath or hand towels, depending on the homeowner’s preference. Typically, it is mounted in the wall of the bathroom or kitchen in the area where it is accessible.
Types Of Towel Bars
- Bathroom Towel Bars
Most people store towels in the comfort room and for this reason, bathroom towel bars become an important addition in the restroom. Typically, towel bars come in 18-inch or 24-inch length and can be made from various materials including wood, steel, and bamboo. As for the finish, they may either be smooth, polished, or fluted. Modern bathrooms nowadays usually use nickel, silver, or steel towel bars; while some that love the authentic look prefer towel bars made from pine or teak wood.
- Heated Towel Bars
These towel bars keep the towel warm, especially during colder months. One good thing about heated towel bars is that some models do not need rewiring of your bathroom as you can plug them right into an outlet hassle free. Additionally, they are not expensive – unlike the common misconception that they are.
Aside from the benefits mentioned above, you’ll be surprised to know that there are still more. Heated towel bars are energy efficient, easy to install, long lasting, and incredibly stylish. An efficient heated towel bar is a good investment as you won’t have to replace it every year – a durable model can last up to 5 years.
- Rustic Towel Bars
The natural home decors with a rustic feel are very stylish, especially when placed in the bathroom. And if you want to achieve a country look on your bathroom’s interior, then this towel bar is for you. In making rustic towel bars, any “earthy” materials can be used. These materials may include reclaimed wood, pinecones, dried foliage, as well as acorns. Antique-looking iron steel, nickel, and bronze can also be used to give off the rustic appeal.
Other Bathroom Organizing Alternatives
Another good alternative to use in organizing your restroom is the train rack. This heavy duty equipment got its name from the train, where they act as a mini closet for the train passengers. Train racks are not only good for bathrooms, but also in the kitchen and bedroom where you can use them to hold hand towels, robes, and other valuables. They are usually made from plated steel and can easily be cleaned using a clean, damp cloth.
Aside from towel bars and train rack, you can also make use of towel hooks. These are often found alongside towel bars, where they serve similar functions. Hooks are often attached to solid objects that are mounted on the wall with screws. The only downside of using hooks is that they do not allow air circulation through the towels, but the good news is they take much less space than towel bars.