Today, I’ve got a DIY bathroom towel rack with hooks for you. It wasn’t too hard to put together and I am hoping that it will be indestructible as my children use it! 🙂
Looks pretty, doesn’t it?
This towel rack came out of necessity. My girls had totally destroyed their towel bar. It was a double towel rod so there would be enough room for both of their towels. Apparently, they are really hard on such things as you can see. It had gotten ripped out of the wall and before it was ripped out of the wall it was falling apart. While I had organized their hair clips and that made the bathroom look a little bit better…the glaring elephant in the room was the missing towel rack.
We needed to come up with a solution. I didn’t want to just put up another double towel rod because I didn’t want to have to replace it as well. In addition, when we have guests, they use this bathroom. There is never enough towel room for my daughters and guests. I needed to figure something out that would be indestructible, maximize my towel hanging space, and look good…no small task!
This is what I came up with. Honestly, it didn’t work out to be less expensive than a double towel bar. I was hoping it would, but this came in at a bit over $50(maybe closer to $60). I totally could have saved money by using less expensive hooks, but I just thought these were so pretty and that they would look great in the bathroom.
Here is what I used.
I used hardwood. It is redwood. Incidentally, I also terrified the poor man at The Home Depot who helped me. He had a 9 month old. I kept telling him I needed strong and tough things. He would make a suggestion, like pine. Ummm, no, you don’t understand how rough kids are on things. The conversation went on like this for quite a few go arounds. I’m pretty sure he went home and told his wife some crazy lady with 2 maniac girls was in the store that day and that their child would never destroy things like mine do….oh just you wait Home Depot man…they seem so sweet, but they will destroy your house!
Alright, back to the towel rack. I used redwood so it would be hardwood. Strong and not easily nicked. I figured it would make it harder for the kids to pull the hooks out if the hook were screwed into strong wood. I found a molding detail that I liked to add some interest. I also purchased 4 of the hooks you see. Mr. T went back later to get the countersink drill bit, finishing nails and the wood buttons. We already had wood putty and 2 different lengths of screws.
Start by priming and painting your wood and finish detail. Using finishing nails, add your trim around the edges. The miter cuts were done before priming and painting and were done just using one of those yellow box miter cut tools(affiliate link). We had a long length of the molding, so we had plenty of room to work to get the right cuts.
Once you add your finishing nails, you need to use your wood putty to fill in the nail head holes and the small gaps in the mitered corners. You can see without that done in the top picture above and with that completed in the bottom picture above. It just adds a really nice finished look.
Do the math to make sure your hooks are evenly spaced (sometimes this is the hardest part). Mark them. Using a drill, pre-drill the holes. Then screw the hooks into place.
Next, using a drill bit, drill holes into the 4 corners of your board. You will use these for the screws to mount the towel rack. Then use the countersink drill bit to create a wider opening at the top of the holes for mounting. These holes should be the correct width so that your wood buttons will fit securely into the opening. The wood buttons will cover over the screws and give you a pretty finished look.
The finished towel rack with all the towels and robes on them. We can easily move the robes to make room for guests when they come.
More towel hanging room, check. Pretty, check. Indestructible, we will see! 😉 So far so good! The other day, I did notice that they manage to get water on the towel rack, sigh… So, if you decide to make a towel rack I would suggest using some type of paint that is good for wet areas, such as satin or semi-gloss, or a specific paint for kitchen and bath. I used what I had on hand, this is the paint we used in the girl’s bedroom. I may regret that choice.
Are your kids as hard on things as mine are? or is that just my kids and I terrified the poor Home Depot man for nothing?
I managed to get their bathroom organized in a way that it has stayed organized. You can see my ideas for organizing kids’ bathrooms. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too.
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