DIY Towel Rack

If you love crafting and are on a budget, these DIY towel rack ideas are all that you need. There are 41 ideas below which have different uniqueness.

You will find the DIY project which changes the old stuff into the adorable one. You will also find an inexpensive and easy DIY project, yet the result will amaze you.

So, the wait is over. Enjoy and happy working!

DIY Rustic Towel Rack

DIY Rustic Towel Rack

Let’s start with this DIY rustic towel rack. It is like people’s desire to bring out the beauty of nature to their house. We have to admit that rustic style is one of the most wanted styles among others. 

Materials you will need:

  • 1×6 board (cut to 3′ or your choice of length)
  • 6 of these hooks (when I purchased mine, they came in sets of 4; I used two for another project, but you could use just 4 or 8 if you like)
  • cordless drill
  • hammer, chisel, or other tools for distressing
  • stain (I mixed dark walnut and special walnut)
  • D-ring wall hangers 

You can follow the steps and create your own.

DIY Farmhouse Towel Rack

DIY Farmhouse Towel Rack

Similar to the rustic style, the farmhouse style also uses natural material. And in this project, the towel rack is made out of the barn woods and vintage hooks.

You can start by measuring the barn woods. After that, you have to screw the hooks to the barn woods. In the last part, you have to screw the barn woods to the wall.

Voila! Your bathroom will be more organized.

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DIY Classic Towel Rack

DIY Classic Towel Rack
Project by Angela

Who doesn’t love seeing the well-organized towel in the bathroom? We all know that functionally, it works to place the towel. On the other side, the towel rack also works as a decorative piece to make your room more beautiful.

This classic towel rack is easy to build and made out of board and hooks. You can also stain the board to make it looks classic.

Simple Shelves Towel Rack

Simple Shelves Towel Rack

If you want to create a handy towel rack, you can try to make this simple shelf towel rack. It can store both clean and used towels tidy. You will need:

  • 1 x 10 x 4 board
  • 1 x 6 x 4 board
  • 1 x 2 x 4 board
  • Stain
  • Metal Hooks

Find the detailed step. You can paint the shelves as you wish. But if you want to keep it natural, you only need to stain it.

DIY Chic Style Towel Rack

DIY Chic Style Towel Rack

There will always be new ideas to make another style of the towel rack. When you are on a budget, you can repurpose the headboard and make a towel holder.

And if you also want to challenge your creativity, you can paint the old headboard white and decor it into chic style.

Simple Rod Towel Rack

Simple Rod Towel Rack
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When you are bored with the hook’s stuff to hold your towel, you can try to use this simple rod. It doesn’t only a simple step, yet the materials are also easy to find.

According to the function, it can be an admirable towel rack. In the other side, you can also put some stuff. That is why, your candle, potted plant, and also liquid are handy and well organized.

DIY Industrial Towel Rack

DIY Industrial Towel Rack

If you want to infuse the industrial style to your house, using the water pipe is the cheapest and easiest way to make it works. And if you are wondering what to do, you can make a towel rack with a water pipe.

Besides the industrial look, it also looks sturdy because it stuck on the wall and the floor.

DIY Ladder Towel Rack

DIY Ladder Towel Rack

Placing a ladder in a washroom is a good idea. It is not just a ladder when you can step on it. This ladder can be a decorative and towel holder.

The most important thing is you don’t need any stuff to make it. The only material you will need is the board and dark walnut stain. You can find the complete steps on the site above and get ready to get yours.

Wire Basket and Copper Towel Rack

Wire Basket and Copper Towel Rack

Using a copper pipe to hold a towel can be the best option. In the other side, it can also be your decorative stuff.

You will need the following supplies:

  • 1/2 inch copper pipe
  • 2 wire pipe hooks
  • Pipe cutter
  • Wire basket
  • Gorilla glue

The wire basket can be a perfect place to store your stuff. If this idea inspires you, you can follow the steps and create your own.

DIY Shelf Towel Rack

DIY Shelf Towel Rack
Project by Gail Wilson

If you want to repurpose the old stuff and boost your creativity at the same time, this project can be a good option. You need to go to the shed and find the old headboard chalkboard legs. After that, stick it to another board and paint it.

Put some small hooks and drill some holes and stick it to the wall. You can put the used towel on the hooks and put the clean towel, cotton, cotton buds, and a decorative wall on the shelf.

Magnetic Leather Towel Rack

Magnetic Leather Towel Rack
Project by M.E Gray

Admit it if you want everything to look perfect in your house. You can be bored with the hooks and the shelf to place your towels. This magnetic leather rod is all that you need to make a slender towel holder.

It can be a perfect option for your small area, which won’t make it looks narrow. If this idea takes your interest, find the materials, and the steps here.

Tips: You can make the appearance of the surrounding space by placing some wall arts.

Bunkend Towel Rack

Bunkend Towel Rack

If wandering around is your passion, the camper can be the best alternatives to simplify your mobility. When it is hard to find a proper place to place your towel on the camper, you have to make it.

And this project is worth trying according to the materials and the steps, which easy to follow.

You will need these materials:

  • 3/4″ diameter wooden dowels in the length you want for each bunkend 
  • 1″ webbing straps 
  • Medium metal grip clips
  • #12 finishing washers
  • #10 flat washers
  • 3/4″ wood screws

After all, your camper would be more adorable.

Towel Rack Back Shelf

Towel Rack Back Shelf

Are tired of the old chair which causing the uninvited view? If so, why don’t you modify it into something better? You can play with the back of the chair into a towel rack.

It is more beneficial because it has some spaces where you can place some towels in one. If you want another hint on the shelf, you can put a flower and some decorative stuff.

Industrial Pipe Towel Rack

Industrial Pipe Towel Rack
by Angela

The hint of industrial style on the elegant white bathroom is always a good idea. You can combine the water pipe with the board.

It can make your room looks tidier instead of the hanging towel on the hooks because you have to fold it tidy. You also need to sand down the water pipe and the board so that you can paint it well.

Easy Natural Rope Towel Rack

Easy Natural Rope Towel Rack

If you are wondering what should you do when you want to bring out the nautical vibe in your small space, here is the answer. This project shows you that you can infuse that vibe effortlessly.

You only need to knot the rope to the cleat.

It is the best option if you have to deal with the tiny space and you can still accentuate the marine style.

Minimalist Copper Ladder Towel Rack

Minimalist Copper Ladder Towel Rack
by Brittany via

The hint of the copper ladder can be the decorative stuff and infuse the vintage style. Functionally, it can be a stylish place to hang your towel.

The following supplies will help you to create it:

  • Two 1/2″ diameters 10′ copper plumbers pipe
  • 1/2″ copper caps
  • 10 x 1/2″ copper tee
  • pipe cutter

The step of installing this ladder is so easy.

Tips: To make it stay stronger, you can put a dab of adhesive inside the copper tees and caps when installing it. 

DIY Branch Towel Rack

DIY Branch Towel Rack
by Brittany Bailey

This project is dedicated to those who are on a tight budget. You can save your money much more because the materials are easy to find. It can be a perfect hint if you want to accentuate the natural vibe of the branch.

To keep the natural color of the branch, you only need to polish it. See the tutorial and boost your creativity! After you finish the step, it is so beautiful when you place it on the blank wall. And it looks more beautiful when you add another decorative piece.

Barn Style Towel Rack

Barn Style Towel Rack

Another handy towel rack comes from the barn style. It can be a perfect place to store much more of your clean towels in one. You can make this barn style towel rack by using the old pallets. It is way cheaper, yet the result is jaw-dropping.

You don’t need to paint it to define the barn style. It is also more functional because you can put the rattan basket on the lowest part of the rack and another storage on the top of the rack.

Bolt Towel Hanger

Bolt Towel Hanger
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We all know that there is no limitation on creativity. You can do and use everything as long as you can make it works. And this kind of towel rack is made out of the bolts on the board.

The burned scar of the wood brings out the aesthetic hint smartly. That is why this towel rack can be a perfect artsy piece on the blank wall.

DIY Straightforward Lucite Towel Bar

DIY Straightforward Towel Bar
A Beautiful Mess

When you don’t have enough leisure time to do a DIY project, this idea can be your option. You don’t need to do some handwork, which sometimes takes your time.

Get the following supplies:

  • clear 1″ acrylic rod (I had mine cut to 26″.)
  • ceiling brackets for 1″ drapery rod (x2)
  • gold spray paint
  • drill or screwdriver
  • super glue 

DIY Towel Ring

DIY Towel Ring
by Teri and Jenny

This kind of towel ring is one of the best alternatives when you want to add an artsy piece of stuff. You can play with the unfinished wood beads and put them on the metal ring.

But if you want to add a touch of blue color, you can dye it. See the complete and detailed supplies and the tools here. Also, the leather hangers give you a vintage style.

Numbered and Framed Towel Holder

Numbered and Framed Towel Holder

Living with a family member means you have to deal with the stuff moreover if you live with kiddos. You have to be smarter to arrange their stuff well.

When it comes to the towel, you can make this numbered towel holder, and mark off each stuff they have. It can help them to take back their own towel to its towel bar. On the other side, it makes the appearance looks cuter.

DIY Outdoor Standing Towel Holder

DIY Outdoor Standing Towel Holder

Summer is the most awaited moment to enjoy outdoor activities like swimming or sunbathing on the beach. To keep the floor clean from the sandy toes or the water drops come from the wet suit and hair, you need an outdoor towel rack.

It can be the handy towel rack you need the most to dry your body before you come inside the house.

Pool Side Tower Rack

Pool Side Tower Rack
by Jen

Since the temps are heating up, swimming is the best thing to do. And if you want to keep the floor clean, placing a towel rack next to the pool is the best decision.

Functionally, it can make your towels easily within reach. Aesthetically, this modern look of DIY golden towel rack will increase the value of the pool. You have to be safe since you will use the following tools :

  • Bernzomatic WK5500 OX Cutting, Welding, and Brazing Torch Kit
  • Jigsaw with Metal Cutting Blade
  • Angle grinder with grinding wheel
  • Steel Clamps
  • Protective Gloves
  • Shade 5 Safety Glasses

 It is your turn you create your own. 

Vintage Window Towel Holder

Vintage Window Towel Holder
Kristyn Merkley

One of the reasons why you need to repurpose the old thing is to add value to that old stuff. On the other side, you can also increase your creativity.

Hint: And if you let the paint starts peeling off, it will give a vintage vibe.

The only thing you need to do is put the hooks. But if you want another hint of art, you can hang the wreath. You can add another piece of decorative stuff surrounding to make it looks way much better.

Antique Towel Rack

Antique Towel Rack Ideas

Combining the antique towel rack and the modern bathroom is one of the great decisions. The hint of the dark-brown color of the towel rack is good together with the modern bathroom.

It is going to be a stylish DIY towel rack where the towels you have are well-organized. Besides, it can also be a focal point of the room.

Wall-mounted Basket Towel Rack

Wall-mounted Basket Towel Rack

This towel rack is made out of a basket. It looks way cuter when you hang it on the big vintage hook with the glazy golden ribbon. You can set the towel stylishly on this basket. On the other side, it is also easy to reach.

You can change the decoration according to your mood, or maybe you will change it according to the season. And this idea is perfect for your upcoming Christmas.

Classy Knob Towel Rack

Classy Knob Towel Rack

This artsy towel holder is one of the best stuff where you can beautify your blank wall and place your towels at the same time. You can use the glass knobs on the painted pallets.

It is perfect together with the hint of golden painting on the pallets. The finished look will give you a shabby appearance, which makes your wall looks way better.

Tiered Towel Rack

Tiered Towel Rack

If you want to accentuate the luxurious style, you can use this tiered towel rack. The lowest part of the rack is a good place to store your towel rack. You can place your stuff like soap, perfume, or your skincare on the middle part.

The top of the rack can be a perfect place to store your hand towel and other stuff. So, if you want to infuse the luxurious vibe in your room, this rack is the best answer.

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Vertical Water Pipe Towel Rack

Vertical Water Pipe Towel Rack
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If the space of your room is too small, you can install this vertical water pipe towel rack. It can be your space-saver because you can tuck your rolled towels as well.

This water pipe can infuse the industrial vibe. On the other side, the wooden pad can infuse the rustic style. And if you want to accentuate the industrial-rustic vibe to your room, this towel rack is the best decision.

DIY Nautical Towel Rack

DIY Nautical Towel Rack
Project by Cassie

Beach is a good place to let go of the fatigue. And if you can’t go to the beach as you wish, you can bring out the beach vibe to your house. This simple stuff can infuse the beach vibe easily. You can make this DIY towel rack by yourself.

Find these materials:

  • Scrap wood to the length
  • marine dock cleats
  • spray paint
  • screw

This sturdy towel rack is perfect on the white wall so that, it can be a focal point of the room.

Chic Towel Rack Idea

Chic Towel Rack Idea

If you are wondering what to do with the old chair, you can change it to the chic style of the towel rack. You can accentuate the chic style by placing it on the wallpapered wall.

Also, you have to paint it white. On the other side, you can beautify your towel rack by adding flowers on the jar on the shelf over the towel rack.

DIY Towel Rack for Kids

DIY Towel Rack for Kids

There are so many ideas to make your children put back their belonging. And usually, it is hard for them to take back their towels to the rack. That is why this idea can be the best answer to make the room tidier.

You can add the letters according to their name. You can also put their favorite cartoon figure and the wall arts on the shelf. It doesn’t only make the DIY towel rack cuter, but it also functional.

DIY Bathroom Towel Hook

DIY Towel Hook
created by Jeanna

Placing your towel to the reachable hook is all that you need while you are taking a shower. And the back door is one of the handiest places.

If you want to make it, you will need:

  • Wood
  • Stain
  • Paint
  • Vinyl Cut Out (I created the word “Towels” using my Silhouette)
  • Mod Podge
  • Robe Hooks

You can make a “Towels” mark and paint it. After that, you can screw the hooks under the towel’s letter. This DIY towel rack project is easy to apply. That is why if you want to beautify your bathroom, you can follow this project. 

Shelves Box Towel Rack

Wooden Shelves Box Towel Rack

Designing every single room in the house is always a good idea. It also works for the bathroom. You can make some shelves to store showering needs. You can store your folded towels stylishly on two of the shelves.

While 1 shelf is beneficial to store your soap bottles, grooming supplies, and other toiletries.

The materials you will need to make it works:

  • 1×6 lumber, 8 foot long (4)
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • 1½ inch screws (36)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Varnish
  • Brush
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • 2½ inch metal brackets (6)
  • ½ inch screws (24)
  • 4 inch wide tins (optional)

You can follow the steps and make your own shelves!

Back Door Towel Rack

Back Door Towel Rack
Find the product on Amazon

If making a DIY towel rack takes your time so much, you can skip the hard DIY project and get this product. It is user-friendly because it doesn’t need any hard work. You only need to install and hang it on the door.

This rack is made out of durable steel with a ceramic finial accent and chrome finish. And the ceramic finial can make the whole towel rack looks more luxurious. That is why it goes best with any type of bathroom.

Framed Towel Holder

Framed Towel Holder

This project is one of the alternative ways for you who want to bring out the artsy stuff effortlessly. You only need to use the old or unused carved frames.

On the other side, it can be good stuff to store your towels stylishly. Furthermore, the golden frames infuse the luxurious vibe to the room as well. If this idea takes your interest and curiosity, you can follow the steps and get yours.

Tumbled Stones Towel Rack

Tumbled Stones Towel Rack
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If you want to make your room looks more natural and unique, installing this stone towel rack is the best answer. It will accentuate the natural vibe, eco-friendly, and also the nautical vibe.

On the other side, this towel rack is so functional to place your towels properly. You don’t need to worry that the stones will tear your towel because the surface of the towel is smooth.

Metal Ring Towel Holder

Metal Ring Towel Holder

You can always find a way to make your bathroom looks better. On the other side, it must be functional. No worries, you can start with the simplest thing like the towel rack. This DIY towel rack will need fabric, frame/ molding, and tape.

See the following steps below to make your own:

  1.  I took the paper that comes in the frame. I just used an IKEA frame I had sitting around.
  2. I folded the paper in half twice, so quartered it. Then took some scissors and cut out a small rectangle out of the middle.
  3.  I place the paper on the hardware to make sure it was the right size, not too big, and not too small.

Brass Towel Rack

Brass Towel Rack
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Who doesn’t love the combination of wooden and brass material?

They are good to infuse the classy style of the room which matches with any other styles. Also, the simple shape of the towel rack can make the area looks wider and tidier. You can place your towel elegantly here in the towel rack.

DIY PVC Towel Rack

DIY Inexpensive PVC Towel Rack

If you want to make a DIY rack towel for the pool, you also need to think about durable materials. And the PVC can be the best decision to make an outdoor towel rack.

It doesn’t only weather-resistant. On the other side, it also easier to build just like playing the legos. Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 1-inch schedule 40 PVC pipe, 60 feet
  • 1-inch 3-way PVC connectors, 4 pcs
  • 1-inch PVC T-connectors, 16 pcs
  • 1-inch 45-degree PVC connectors, 8 pcs
  • PVC primer
  • PVC cement
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • glue

For the complete and detailed steps, you can follow the steps on the source above.

Wooden Spool Towel Rack

DIY Wooden Spool Towel Rack

Upcycle the wooden spool and make it way more functional and aesthetic at the same time. 

It doesn’t need a lot of things to do to make it works. 

You only need to add the following materials:

  • Rope
  • Screw
  • Drill
  • Felt Pads

And since it is a little bit small, you can make it the hand towel rack. Hang it next to the sink to dry your hands stylishly. 

The rope and the wooden spool lead the bathroom to the coastal atmosphere, which infuses a relaxing and fresh vibe. 

All In One

DIY Rack And Towel Rack In One

Bring in the additional function to your shelf to maximize the function of the shelf in your bathroom.

Consider installing the towel rack to the shelf. It could be a smart hack to deal with the small space.

This multifunction towel rack is made out of the painted wood. You can put some of the decorative pieces on the upper part of the shelf. Then, attach some hooks beneath. Choose the black hooks to add a different accent and create a beautiful look.

Modern Towel Rack

DIY Modern Towel Rack
A project by

Add an up-to-date accent to your bathroom, which also functional at the same time.
It is a modern towel rack, which also works as storage.

Expose the natural wood by polish it instead of paint it. It offers you a natural look and modern in one. Attach a galvanized water pipe to hold your towel. The water pipe takes part to infuse a modern look.

Then, the shelves on the upper part could store the other toiletries stylishly.

Slender And Beautiful

DIY Hanging Leather Towel Rack
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Consider a slender towel rack that would fill in the blank space on your wall, which works both aesthetically and functionally at the same time.

It also could be the best activities you can do during your leisure time

Upcycle the leather strap and turn it into a towel rack. 

You will only need:

  • Two pieces of leather (60 inches in length)
  • Wood dowel
  • Rivets and setter
  • Keyrings
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape

It is a straightforward project that worth trying. 

The Deer Antler

DIY Deer Antler Towel Rack

If you are wondering how to add an aesthetic point to your bathroom and also functional, try attaching the deer antler.

Consider the silver antler that looks good together with the countertop. It infuses a vintage style, which elevates the beauty of the bathroom as well.

Attach the towel rack on the side part of the bathroom. And if you want to add a different accent, you can spray paint the towel holder.

Wooden Towel Holder

DIY Wooden Towel Rack

Try to upgrade your skill by upcycling the wood into the towel racks. Is it simply made out of the wood and complemented by the bath hooks.

The galvanized hooks look great together with the brown wooden towel racks. Opt for the best paint to add a different accent to beautify your space as well.

Hint: And if you want to accentuate the artistic touch, the different size will make it looks way better.

The Freestanding Towel Rack

DIY Freestanding Towel Rack
A project by

Placing a towel rack next to the pool is always a good option. You can reach the towel way handier. Other than that, you can also dry it properly right after you use it.

Try using the wood material. It is lighter than metal material. Yet, it has a beautiful appearance to be placed in the pool area.

Create a tiered towel rack. Other than that, adding storage could be the best option to extend the function of storage as well.

The Shabby Chic Accent

DIY Chic Towel Rack

Upgrade the beauty of your bathroom by adding a touch of the traditional and beautiful accent.
The shabby chic style must be the best option to make your space look way prettier.

The aged look of the shelf offers a beautiful appearance. Put a wire basket to store the towel hands properly. Add the faux potted plants beside the basket. Then, attach a wooden rod where you can hang a bigger towel on it.

DIY Simple Towel Rack

DIY Simple Towel Rack

Store your towel vertically could be the best option if you have to deal with limited space. The open shelves could hold some of your rolled towels.

Besides organizing your towel stylishly, it offers you a simple yet adorable accent. The rack is made out of pine boards, and the dock cleats where it could hold the towel as well.

The silver dock cleats look great together with the natural color and texture of the wood board, which add an accent to the wall.

DIY Wood Ladder Towel Rack

DIY Wood Ladder Towel Rack
See the tutorial at Bobvila

The ladder must be a good inspiration if you are planning to deal with limited space. You can consider turning the ladder to organize your towel as well. 

Challenge your creativity by upcycling the wooden dowel into a classy towel rack. 

The material you have to prepare:

  • Wooden towel
  • Copper T-junction
  • Copper caps
  • Handsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Sandpaper
  • Mineral oil or varnish
  • Hot glue gun

Assemble the wooden dowel and fasten it with the copper. The copper works to fasten the wooden ladder. On the other side, it adds an eye-catching accent to the natural color of the wood. 

These are the towel rack ideas we have screened through the internet to inspire you.
Pick the best idea that will upgrade the beauty of your room, and organize your towel stylishly.

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