Creating a Designer Look in your Bathroom with Towel Rails

By Zephyr and Stone

Looking to create a designer bathroom on a budget?

Grouping three towel rails together with carefully considered spacing does just that. It’s simple and inexpensive, and really takes your bathroom space to the next level.

Zephyr and Stone

Zephyr and Stone

And it seems we’re not alone in our love for the effect this simple design feature creates. Grouping your towel rails provides visual balance on the wall and valuable drying space. Opt for single heated rails if your budget allows, or standard rails for just as much aesthetic impact.

McKimm

McKimm

Using contrasting towels rails, like these black ones on white or light tiles, adds even more impact to your design. Ensure your towel rail is colour matched to your tapware to create cohesiveness within the space.

Carole Whiting

Carole Whiting

Determine the position of your towel rails before or at frame stage of your build or renovation, and install fixing blocks within the wall at heights accordingly. These in-wall blocks will be the anchor for your towel rails, providing a solid fixing point. Take a photo and record the heights to ensure there is no guesswork after the wall is lined or tiled. In recording your heights, ensure you allow for any changes in floor level if the area is yet to be screeded or tiled.

Zephyr and Stone

Zephyr and Stone

But now for the most important detail - just how far apart do you install your rails?

There are no hard and fast rules, however 270mm - 300mm apart generally works well. Pictured below, our Scandi project features towel rails installed 270mm apart. These 800mm wide towel rails provide ample width for drying two large towels side by side. To ensure there is enough space for adequate drying of two towels, an 800mm or 900mm wide rail is recommended. The third rail is the perfect place to hang a floor mat to dry.

Zephyr and Stone

Zephyr and Stone

Zephyr and Stone

Zephyr and Stone

But why stop at three? Here Tom Robertson Architects show us that four rails can look fantastic too.

Tom Robertson Architects

Tom Robertson Architects

So what do you think? Have we convinced you to add a third towel rail in your new bathroom?

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