A pyramid of rolled towels along a shelf adds a quick decorative touch in a bathroom.

How to Roll & Display Bath Towels

by Amanda Bell

When purposefully displayed, towels add a soft elegance to a bathroom or linen closet. Rolling the towels, as opposed to folding them, opens up your presentation options and affords a host of other benefits; namely, it’s much easier for a child to learn to roll her towel than to fold it, which means your kids can help keep the bathroom neat and tidy. Mix hooks, some at child-friendly levels, for drying the towels after use: A rolled wet towel will soon become musty.

A Perfectly Rolled Towel

Lay a bath towel open and flat on a table. Fold it in half lengthwise.

Begin rolling the towel from one end. Adjust the towel as necessary to keep the rolled portion in line with the edges. Roll it tightly for a streamlined, elegant look or a bit looser for a more casual effect.

Lay the towel seam side down when finished to keep it rolled.

Display Ideas

Arrange the rolled towels vertically in a wide umbrella holder. Place this on the floor in the bathroom or in a linen closet on a tall shelf.

Place the towels on a bathroom or linen closet shelf pointing outward, displaying the spiral design the rolling created. In the bathroom, use a shelf that has hooks below it to dry wet towels.

Slide tightly rolled towels onto a wine rack, one towel per holder. A wood rack adds warmth to a bathroom outfitted in cooler colors, while a metal rack is typically thin, displaying more of the towel.

Create a pyramid of towels inside of a cube organizer or along a shelf. Arrange one row of rolled towels along the bottom and then a second row right on top, nestled in between the two towels below. Repeat this process, working your way upward, until the shelf or cube is filled.

Install a decorative rolled towel holder on the bathroom wall or on the back of the door. This features sets of two deep hooks, spaced a bit apart, that allow you to lay the rolled towel on the rack horizontally.

Collect rolled towels, either vertically or horizontally, in a basket. Place this under a pedestal sink, near the shower, in a linen closet or atop a larger vanity.

Stack the towels inside of a decorative magazine rack. This makes grabbing a fresh towel easy and putting towels away simple for younger kids.

Items you will need

  • Umbrella holder
  • Wine rack
  • Cube organizer
  • Shelf
  • Decorative towel holder
  • Basket
  • Magazine rack
  • Hooks
  • Installation hardware
  • Drill with various bits


  • Mix and match different-colored bath towels for a more exciting display, either grouping colors together or alternating them.

About the Author

Amanda Bell spent six years working as an interior designer and project coordinator before becoming a professional writer in 2010. She has published thousands of articles for various websites and clients, specializing in home renovation, DIY projects, gardening and travel. Bell studied English composition and literature at the University of Boston and the University of Maryland.

Photo Credits

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