Bathroom towel rail and hook  buying guide

Bathroom towel rail and hook buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Essential bathroom accessories, towel rails and hooks provide a spot to hang up towels, dressing gowns and face cloths. Available in a range of different styles, towel rails and hooks should be chosen with your needs in mind. From design to installation method, here's our guide to bathroom towel rails and hooks.

Important features

  • Towel rail
  • Towel hook
  • Material
  • Type
  • Fitting method
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Towel rails are used to hang up your towels, allowing them to dry out before the next use and avoid unpleasant odours in the process. Wall-mounted towel rails are generally the most commonly found and these help to save on floor space. Ideally fitted beside the sink or shower, some towel rails come with additional features such as soap dishes or various forms of storage. You can choose from a range of materials:

  • stainless steel: hard-wearing, water-resistant and modern;
  • wood: lends character to your bathroom;
  • PVC: rot-proof, durable and offers excellent value.  

Heated towel rail combine the functions of a towel rail and a heater and are usually wall-mounted. Made up of a set of heated horizontal bars for hanging towels, heated towel rails also gently heat the air in your bathroom, making them a very effective additional to your heating system. They can even be used as your sole bathroom radiator.

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Bathroom hooks can also be used to hang towels, as well as face cloths, clothes and dressing gowns. These units consist of one, two or four heads.

Wall-mounted bathroom hooks

These handy bathroom fittings come in a range of different designs.

  • Screw-in wall hooks, durable and hard-wearing (require fixing plugs in the right size);
  • Suction cup hooks, for quick installation on tiled surfaces;
  • Self-adhesive wall hooks, don't require any drilling.


You can also choose from a variety of materials:

  • stainless steel, for unbeatable strength;
  • aluminium, lightweight, hard-wearing and rust-resistant;
  • bamboo, good moisture-resistance;
  • plastic, inexpensive.

Wall hooks, like any other bathroom fitting, should be chosen according to your requirements, the style you're going for, and any practical considerations (such as installation method).

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 221 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!