Monday, July 22, 2013

DIY Towel Holder

Today I'm showing you a DIY Towel Holder I made for our bathroom.  This towel holder is perfect for people who move around a lot - or when you've still not settled into that final place that you'll always call home.  

We recently (well, if you call almost two months recent) moved in a new apartment.  The problem was the bathroom only had one towel rack - enough for each of us to have a bath towel folded on the rack together.  There was no where for a hand towel, so I took matters into my own hands.  

I didn't want to install actual hand towel hardware into the wall, since we'd just have to fix a huge hole once we move out.  With this transportable wall hanging towel holder, we can hang it in different places while only leaving two small nail holes in the wall - easily fixed with a tiny bit of wall putty.  

The hand towel rack I came up with started out as just a plank of scrap wood as seen below.  

I stained the wood with MINWAX Special Walnut 224 stain, which I ended up really loving the color.  It has that dark look that I love without having red tones.  I bought it at Walmart!  Amazing, huh?

After you stain, all you need is a plank of wood, a drill, and go buy a towel holder package.  You might need a shorter screw than the one they give you in the package, since that is intended to go into the wall and not a piece of wood.

Here's what you'll need for this project:
  • A packaged towel holder (can be bought at Lowes, Home Depot, even Wal-Mart).
  • A plank of wood (large enough to accommodate chosen towel holder).
  • A drill and drill bits.
  • Wood stain and a cloth.
  • Shorter screws, depending on the thickness of your wood.  You don't want the screws to go through.

Follow the instructions for attaching the towel holder to the wood, except using common judgement with some parts.  With mine, I just screwed in a plate to the surface of the wood (using shorter screws), and drilling the holes first.  After the plate was attached, you just place the towel holder over the top and there is a screw that can be turned at the bottom to attach it to the plate.  Of course, each type of towel holder may be different.  

To attach to the wall, I just drilled small holes in the back of the wood (that DO NOT go all the way through).  Then I put two nails in the wall equal distance apart from each other as the holes I drilled into the back of my towel hanger, as to make a recessed hanger.  

You could easily use the nail on hangers, however I was afraid it would wobble on the wall too much if it did not hang flat.  We have not had any problems with it falling off the nails, even though the holes are not proper recessed hangers.

Below is my finished product!

I've decided that I like the top half of my wood plain, for now.  If you are more the embellish-er type, you could always add some cute bathroom lettering to the top!

I always love hearing from my readers!


  1. How cute and simple. Thanks for joining us at the Let's Get Social Sunday. I also host a Tuesday party called The Gathering Spot and would love it if you'd come and link up. Have a wonderful week :)

    1. Thank you! I'll definitely check that out - appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Such a good idea for any left over wood scraps everyone has piled up. TY for sharing!

    Jamie @

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jamie! Yes, I love that we didn't have to 'buy' wood, just use scraps.

  3. Just found you through the blog hop. Love your blog and this towel holder is such a CUTE idea!


  4. Very simple and sweet. I love the grain in the wood you chose!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I agree, the grain turned out great looking after the stain!

  5. This looks great! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!


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