Toddlers and towel bars do not mix. It’s like putting a monkey in a jungle gym and telling it not to hang on things. Did she just compare her children to monkeys? Ya, yep, did that.
Anyway, I don’t even like towel bars, so I’m not mad. Nope, I’m happy it broke. Because then I had an excuse to build a towel hook rack. And it only took me like three months to get done!
This is the kids’ bath/guest bath, and really, we don’t have that many guests, so I have just been throwing their towels over the shower rod. Classy, I know. But then there was an incident in the master bath that may or may not involve mold, and tearing out sheet rock, and a broken shower, and the long and short of it is that we are all using that bath now.
You know things have come to a head when your four year old starts sketching designs for towel hooks. Not even kidding. See?
So I took the not so subtle hint, dug out the hooks I bought a while ago, and whipped this one up in about an hour. Minus varnish dry time, of course. I’m happy to say it meets with the four year old’s approval, and I’m pretty dang pleased with it, as well. At only 17″ long and 5″ high, it’s perfect for a small space, but still adds a touch of hospitality for guests.
Want to build one? Dig around that scrap pile, and let’s do this.
How to build a simple towel hook rack
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Materials and Tools
1x6x4 wood (my finish pieces are both 4″ wide, but you can go bigger or smaller, as well as longer or shorter)
3/8″ wood dowel
11/32″ drill bit
saw (circular or miter)
Step 1: Determine length, add hardware
I found two scrap boards and cut them to the same length. There’s nothing special about the size; mine are 4″ wide and 17″ long flooring scraps. If you use a 1×6 board you can either leave it the full 5 1/2″ wide or rip it down.
I used these hooks. Evenly space the brackets and screw them into the board. You may need to find shorter screws if the ones that come with the hooks are too long.
Step 2: Pegs
I used pegs to keep the design simple. Cut a 3/8″ dowel into sections. Mine were somewhere around 2 1/2″.
Mark the spots on the board. Double check them with your washcloths to make sure the spacing works.
Drill holes using an 11/32″ bit. A 3/8″ bit leaves wiggle room, and a 5/16″ bit is too small. I found the 11/32″ is perfect. Put a bit of glue in the holes and tap them in place with a mallet.
Tip: tape off the bit where you want to stop drilling so you don’t accidentally go through the board.
Step 3: Attach the sections, varnish
Glue and attach the two sections. I used Spax screws to keep the boards from splitting and countersunk the holes. You can use pegs if you like or leave them as is.
Finish your board with whatever varnish you have on hand. I used my favorite varnish, Arm R Seal by General Finishes.
Step 4: Attach hanging hardware
Hang your towel hook rack and gussy it up with some toiletries for guests and some washcloths, or whatever else you like.
I love how clean the look is with the simple pegs. The entire thing doesn’t take up much room, but adds functionality and looks great in the spare bath.
I’m totally thrilled to finally have a towel hook rack in that bathroom. That’s one thing off my list, on to the next!