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Towel racks and rails – 10 designs to add elegance and convenience to your bathroom

These towel racks and rails are an essential addition to your time spent unwinding in the bathtub

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These luxury towel racks and rails are essential for formulating your bathroom's finishing touches – and they can add a little something to make your bathroom shine. Clearly, towel racks and rails have one central purpose, but these additions can also insert a further element of styling into your space, and tie the entire design together.

A towel rail can offer you a cozy, fuzzy respite after you climb out of the warmth of your bath or shower – and prevent you from feeling a chill. They are in investment into making your bathroom more like a relaxing spa and they go the extra mile to make it a place where you're able to unwind. On the other hand, towel racks are more likely to be used as storage inside your bathroom and allow you to stack towels neatly, or to house wet towels so that they won't go damp. If you don't want to install a towel rack to save your walls, then there are also freestanding rack options that can complement a room perfectly, and these can be placed anywhere you like within your bathroom. 

Regardless of which towel rack or rail you pick, it's crucial that you have factored the look and dimensions of it into your space so that your room doesn't feel broken up by this addition. For inspiration on exactly how to do this, we have bathroom ideas (opens in new tab) to match any preferences to start you on your journey.


10 towel racks to bring together your bathroom 

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1. Sylvie Standing Towel Rack: View at Anthropologie (opens in new tab)
This classic brass towel rack will bring together your bathroom perfectly. It has beautiful detailing, with two levels of the rack separated by a connecting arch. It's a freestanding rack, meaning you can place it anywhere and have your towels to hand. 

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2. Wireworks Towel Rail Mezza Grande: View at Amara (opens in new tab)
Made from American white oak, this pick from Amara is really quite special, and will heighten any room its added to. It's simple, and yet so luxurious, with a dark satin lacquer to also help prevent water damage. 

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3. Chrome Towel Rack: View at CB2 (opens in new tab)
Chrome is a must-have for many bathrooms, and this stylish pick from CB2 is perfect for keeping things organized. It's sturdy, and of ultra high-quality, making it a real investment for your towels and their care.

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4. Brushed Steel Wall Mount Towel Rack: View at Crate & Barrel (opens in new tab)
A wall-mounted towel rack allows you to maximize on space in your bathroom and gives a spa-like feel to the whole room. This streamlined choice has space for four folded towels and is available in nickel or black. This rack is bound to give you a real hotel feel, so you'll always feel like you're being pampered.

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5. Blomus Modo Towel Ladder: View at Amara (opens in new tab)
If your bathroom is a slice of minimalist heaven, this is stripped back ladder will be the perfect accompaniment to your bathtub. With no attaching required and a corrosion resistant covering, this will keep your towels close for you until you need them. 

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6. Amara Wall Mounted Towel Rack: View at Anthropologie (opens in new tab)
With ample space for all of your towels, this brass mounted rack has a traditional look that would contrast a modern bathroom, as well as accentuate more muted bathrooms with a touch of flair.

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7. Lyra Hand Towel Ring: View at Urban Outfitters (opens in new tab)
A towel ring is perfect for smaller, secondary bathrooms or for installing as close as possible to your bath or shower. Made from brass and available in black and gold, this minimal pick is a lovely final touch to your space.

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8. Marble Towel Holder: View at Ballard Designs (opens in new tab)
Without the need for installation, and a little different from the usual freestanding design, this marble holder will stand strong in your bathroom to deliver you all the towels you need. It has a solid marble base and a nickel fittings. You don't need to worry about damaging your floor either, as this is fitted with rubber pads along its bottom. 

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9. Minimalist Towel Storage & Display: View at Uncommon Goods (opens in new tab)
This elegant rack offers a different way to store your tiles and allows you to stack up towels of different sizes too. Made from sustainably sourced black American walnut, it can hold up to 8 bath towels at once, which is very impressive. 

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10. Luxe Towel Rack with Round Mirror: View at Amara (opens in new tab)
Add a room-enhancing detail with this rack that also features a small mirror, and that can blend nicely with any bathroom. The gold color and minimalist design will make your bathroom shine, and we love how the mirror is adjustable too. 


Browse more towel racks and rails...

It's essential that you find the right towel rack to complement your bathroom, so it's understandable if you might need more time to browse all of your options. For high-quality options that are bound to brighten up your bathroom, check out these options from our recommended retailers:

Molly Cleary
Ecommerce Writer

 Molly is the Ecommerce Writer for Homes & Gardens and spends her time searching the internet for the next best thing for your home, with a focus on shopping edits and buying guides. Before joining Homes & Gardens, Molly graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature, with previous internships undertaken at The Economist in her summer breaks.