How to roll towels – 3 ways to a spa-like fold every time

Wondering how to roll towels the expert way? These 3 methods will bring the look of a hotel room to your home

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Curious about how to roll towels the professional way? While this question may seem relative, it is something you may ask yourself, particularly after a weekend away or an afternoon at the spa. And the result is more powerful than you may initially expect. 

Rolled towels exhibit an organized, clean aesthetic that contributes to the luxury of the best boutique hotels, resorts, and spas worldwide – so it’s only right that you would want to recreate this look in your home. 

Knowing how to fold towels is one thing, but rolling towels will elevate your bathroom ideas almost instantly, but which method is best for your space? We spoke to the experts.

How to roll towels – the professional way 

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Here, the experts share their top three towel rolling methods that work in every style of home. 

1. The classic hotel method 

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It’s arguably the most famous technique of them all, but what does the hotel method involve? Home organizer Dean Davies from Fantastic Services recommends starting by spreading out your towel flat on a surface before folding the long sides into the middle. Then, you fold each of the short sides in and make a gap where they meet. 

Next, fold one side over the other, creating a beautifully folded bath towel and smooth out any wrinkles and store them in a neat stack.

‘One of the reasons this method is so popular is that it creates clean, straight edges, making it ideal for a stack of folded towels stored on an open shelf or bench,’ Dean says. 

2. Narrow fold method 

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If you’re looking for how to roll towels in a compact space, the narrow fold method is the one for you. This small bathroom idea is, according to Dean, perfect if you ‘have limited space or want to roll your towels to stuff them neatly in a basket or cube.’ 

Starting at one of the narrow ends, fold the towel in half lengthwise so that both halves are aligned. Dead also suggests making a crease to ensure the fabric doesn’t move and all the corners are aligned. Then, to create a piece that is narrower than it is tall, fold the rectangle in thirds – starting from a narrow end. 

‘To roll the towel, start by folding it in half and then starting at the narrow end, work your way to the other end, creating a tight roll. The folded edge should now be in the center of the roll. Then store with the folded edges facing up in a basket,’ he instructs. 

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Dean is not exclusive in his admiration for this small bathroom storage idea. Richard Roberts, Director at Sanctuary Bathrooms, also suggests that rolling your towels is an effective way to maximize space and may even make the room look bigger. 

‘One way to keep things neat is to properly store your towels. Rolling them will tidy your towel rack and give a luxurious touch to your bathroom,’ he says. 

3. Spa method 

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As Joanna Ross, General Manager of Design at Sheridan, suggests, knowing how to roll your towels will give your space a spa-like appearance. But what does it take to achieve this ‘sleeker touch’? 

‘Lay the towel out on a flat surface and fold one of the corners diagonally. The point should then line up with the edge of the fixed corner and generally lie somewhere near the center of the towel,’ Richard says. He then recommends folding your towel in half, then flipping it over with the folded edge out.

Then you should roll the towel, starting with the short side opposite the point. When you reach the end, you should tuck the point into the roll to hold the towel secure.

Rolling your towel may make a small bathroom look bigger and bring a luxurious sense of style to your space – we’re experimenting with every one of these methods.  

How does Marie Kondo roll towels?

Marie Kondo doesn't roll towels so much as fold them. To roll towels the Konmari way:

  • Lay the towel flat then fold it in half, lengthways.
  • Now fold the towel in half, widthways.
  • Next, take one end of the longest part of the rectangle and fold it into the middle.
  • Then  take the other end of the rectangle and fold it over the top.
  • Marie Kondo stores her folded towels standing vertically, but we think they work just as well lying flat.

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Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Homes & Gardens and Livingetc. As a News Writer, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.