Find A Spot For That Kitchen Towel

Ideas for Placing a Towel Bar in the Kitchen

In most kitchens, towels are indispensable, needed for everything from drying hands and dishes to wiping up spills. If you do not have a spot dedicated for towels, you know how irritating it is to have them just floating around the kitchen.

Finding the right place to hang your towels will keep you organized so you know where they are when you need one. However, it can be difficult to find the perfect towel holder, especially if you're limited on space or there isn't one designed into your kitchen. Here are a few ideas for placing your towels so they are always available and look great at the same time.

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    The Handles on Your Appliances

    Where to put the kitchen towel? Not on the Range, Ewe!
    Image Source / Getty Images

    Utilize what you already have and hang your kitchen towel on your appliance handles. The great thing about this option is it doesn't require a kitchen remodel. You can easily implement this concept into the kitchen you have!

    However, this idea only works for appliances at eye level, such as a wall oven. Hanging a towel on anything lower—like a dishwasher or range—will cause the towel to drag on the floor every time you open the appliance. It's not a sanitary solution for everyone.

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    Hide Your Towels

    Rev-A-Shelf Towel Bar Storage
    Under Sink Towel Bar Storage- When You Don't Want To See Your Towels. Rev-A-Shelf

    If you are the kind of person who just can't stand an exposed hand towel, you have a few options. The easiest is to mount a towel bar to the back of a cabinet door. Most people choose to do this under the sink because it's conveniently located where you need towels most often.

    You can also use a towel bar pull-out that hangs a few towels. Companies like Rev-A-Shelf have units that work for both of these solutions. They're often an easy install you can do yourself.

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    Expose Your Towels

    Days of the Week Dish Towels Hanging On Farmhouse sink
    Dish Towels Can Be Great Accessories for Your Kitchen. Charles Maraia / The Image Bank / Getty Images

    A towel bar under the sink or inside a cabinet isn't practical for most people. Opening a cabinet with wet hands to get to your towel creates more moisture on your cabinets and simply takes longer.

    That's why you might want to consider adding exposed towel bars into your kitchen design. There are a variety of styles and colors available and they can really add to the overall look.

    Whether you're doing a full remodel or simply want to add a towel bar to an existing design, look for the most practical place to install one. Then shop around for one that fits the space and your style.

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    Bath Towel Bars

    Craftsman Oak Kitchen With Towel Bar on Island
    Kitchen Island Accommodates Large Towel Bar. Fotosearch / Getty Images

    Bath towel bars can be a great solution for the right kitchen. The main problem is that they tend to stick out from the wall or cabinet three to four inches because they're designed to accommodate large bath towels. Since kitchen towels are smaller, using this much aisle space might be awkward for small kitchens.

    If, however, you have a countertop overhang of four to six inches, this might work perfectly. It's a feature often found on islands and can be a great solution for stashing all the kitchen towels you need. Plus, you'll expand your style options when shopping for bathroom bars.

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    Appliance Pulls

    Top Knobs TK141BB For Kitchen Towel Bar / Nar Fine Carpentry
    Top Knobs Appliance Pull Used As A Kitchen Towel Bar. Nar Fine Carpentry / Top Knobs

    If you can't spare the aisle or cabinet space, you can use an appliance pull. These are cabinet pulls that are designed specifically for appliances that get exterior panels to match the cabinetry.  

    The advantage of these types of pulls is that they are longer than typical cabinet pulls—anywhere from 12 to 30 inches. They also project farther into the space and allow the towel a sufficient amount of clearance. You can find them in a variety of lengths, finishes, and styles, so there's sure to be one that fits your kitchen design.