How to fold towels – with flair

Learn how to fold towels properly and enjoy a bathroom worthy of a boutique hotel

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Sure, learning how to fold towels beautifully may not be a major priority if they are stored behind closed doors, but if your towels come tumbling out every time you open the linen closet or press, it’s likely due to poor folding techniques. And if you want to display towels for guest use or on open shelves, spa-hotel style, then it could be time to up your towel folding game. 

Properly folded, towels will stay neatly stacked and ready for use – and if you're looking for laundry room ideas that are functional and good-looking, learning the technique is an easy win-win. 

Improving your folding skills is also helpful if you’re considering how to keep towels soft. They’ll stay in better condition without excessive creasing, compared to towels shoved into cupboards haphazardly. Towels should be folded every time they are washed, and also after use, but only once they have been thoroughly dried. A heated towel rail will ensure towels dry quickly and help discourage mildew or stale odors between washes.  

How to fold towels fancy

When it comes to folding towels to keep them perfectly organized and stylishly arranged, we turned to renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo for advice. The KonMari Method™ for folding towels works for both storage and display purposes as it will keep your towels uniformly folded and tidy. 

‘Whether you plan to tuck your items into a linen closet or drawer or display them on an exposed shelf or in a glass paned cabinet, this folding technique ensures your towels are both neatly organized and visually pleasing,’ explains Marie. The technique can be applied to towels of all sizes (full size bath towels, hand towels and face towels).

Step 1: Fold the towel in half lengthwise to make a rectangle.

Step 2: Fold the halved towel in half width-wise (if it’s a small towel like a face cloth, you can skip this step).

Step 3: Fold the towel into thirds, take one end in the middle, then put the other end over it. 

Step 4: Do the standing test. If the towel is correctly folded, then it will be able stand by itself.

How to fold towels to save space

How to fold towels

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If you have plenty of space available in your linen closet, Marie recommends stacking full bath size, hand and face towels on top of each other in neat vertical stacks. However, if space is restricted and you are organizing a linen closet to make more room, rolling them is recommended. 

‘If you need to get creative with space, hand and face towels can be rolled and stored upright and one in front of the other in drawers or baskets,’ she explains. ‘This tip can also make it more easily accessible for family and guests who need to quickly grab a hand or face towel.’ 

How to fold towels like a hotel

neutral bathroom with curved traditional style washstand, gold towel radiator and marble

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There are several ways to fold towels like a hotel for display on the towel racks and rails but it is wise to keep things simple, especially in busy households. One of the easiest and neatest methods is to lay the towel flat and then fold each long edge into the middle, so both of the long edges meet in the center. This will leave you with neat sides, with the washing label tucked inside. Then just lay it over the towel bar, and slide until you have equal length sides hanging down. Hang in size order, with bath sheets at the bottom, then bath towels, hand towels and finally face cloths, if required.

Linda graduated from university with a First in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting. Her career began on a trade title for the kitchen and bathroom industry, and she has worked for Homes & Gardens, and sister-brands Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, since 2006, covering interiors topics, though kitchens and bathrooms are her specialism.