Towel Rails & Rings
We feel sure that most have done it at some time or another, step out of the shower cubicle and then remember that the all important towel is still folded neatly on the vanity unit just out of reach!
Whether showering or bathing it is a good idea to have a towel hanging close to hand when it is needed for use, the same applies of course to using the basin when washing the hands or face and we are pleased to offer over one hundred rails and rings for you to choose from to find something which fits in with the style of your bathroom. These modern rails and rings can either accommodate a single face towel or with the rails a couple of large bath sheets or more if needed. One example is the classy double towel rail by Burlington, not just practical, but very traditional in the look of it, finished in easy clean high chrome with a full ten year guarantee. A great idea over a bath or for an overbath shower is the towel rack, which can be fitted at the end of the bath; one example at our web page is the Inda Quadro Chrome Towel Rack, offered by us at the discounted price of just £106.05. However, many people today prefer to have the luxurious feel of a warm towel when they step out of the shower or bath and we recommend that you take a look at the comprehensive range of heated towel rails at our web pages, these are traditional and highly contemporary, worth consideration when designing your new bathroom, shower room, or en-suite area.
Towel Rails & Rings Buyers Guide
The positioning of towel rails or rings is an important to thing to think about when you are kitting out your new bathroom. There are lots of different options to choose from and having them conveniently situated in the right places can make your bathing experience so much simpler. There's nothing worse than stepping out of the shower on a cold winter's morning only to realise that your towel is all the way across the room and you are faced with a chilly dash to it, dripping water all over the floor.
We offer a wide variety of different options for towel rails and racks so there is something to suit every taste. You can choose something purely functional or opt for a design with a little more detailing. When paired with some tastefully chosen bath towels, the latter can really add something special to a bathroom and is a great way to inject a little colour and extra styling. This is particularly useful in smaller bathrooms where there perhaps isn't room for lots of décor-only features.
What Types Of Towel Rails Are Available?
Firstly, we are going to take a look at the different types of towel rails available and how each might best be used.
A single rail can look great in the en suite to a guest bedroom or perhaps situated right by the sink for storing a face towel. They are fantastic options for smaller bathrooms as they don't take up too much space.
Double or multi rail
You might want to choose a double rail for a family bathroom, as here you can store two or more larger towels. It can also be a nice feature to use one of these in a guest bathroom and arrange their whole selection of new towels on the rail. Start with a larger bath sheet at the bottom, then a face towel, a hand towel and a flannel. This looks neat and professional and could even be used in a hotel or guest house.
Towel racks are most commonly seen at the end of the bath or an over bath shower set up. This is great as it means you always have a towel to hand, avoiding that mad dash for one that we discussed above! You can choose to either just store a few towels on the rack for immediate use or even keep all your clean towels here, especially if you live alone. We would recommend double checking that your shower or bath taps won't splash the towels though, prior to fitting the rack. The last thing you want is to have your beautiful new towel rack fixed to the wall and then discover your lovely fluffy towels get soggy while you are bathing! It might just be a case of fitting it a little higher or lower but is worth testing before it's too late. The added bonus of a towel rack is that with most designs you have the flexibility of using the bars as a towel rail too - meaning you can store a towel on top, then hang it dry once used.
Towel rings are most commonly used for holding the hand towel next to the sink, both in bathrooms and single toilets. It is handy to have these situated right by the sink for convenience but they can be fixed anywhere. Although we refer to them as towel rings, they actually come in lots of different shapes and designs, including squares, rectangles and C-shape units.
These often serve a similar function to the towel rings but usually comprise of a single bar sticking out at a right angle from the wall and a towel can be hung over. These often look a little more casual, with the towel simply hanging over the end, and might be a good option to consider in a children's bathroom.
Brands of towel rails and rings
Grohe offer very minimal and sleek designs. They would fit perfectly with any modern designs, particularly in a smaller bathroom where space is at a premium and you don't want anything too fussy cluttering up the space. We really love this Allure towel ring, which has an unusual and eye catching rectangular shape whilst still retaining a minimal effect. For something even simpler, you really can't go wrong with the Grohe Essentials range which represents exceptionally good value for money.
Hansgrohe is a German manufacturer who focuses on the technology behind good design, giving you innovative premium products. We are currently stocking their Montreux towel hanger. This is an incredibly simple piece yet just oozes style, and would go well in almost any bathroom.
Whereas the brands above offer extremely simple designs, Imperial is a fantastic choice if you want something with a little more detailing. The ceramic caps on this Rondine wall mounted rail offer a very versatile choice and you can choose whether to have a chrome, gold or nickel coloured bar. If you still want to stick with something that is 100% metal finished, you might want to look at the Istia model. Again, this can be ordered in chrome, gold or nickel but is made unique by the wall mount, which has a flowing scroll design that is reminiscent of intricate ironwork detailing found in balconies and architectural ironwork throughout the Mediterranean. Imperial also offers a towel rain in the same Istia design and the two together would make a nice set.
Keuco has been continuously expanding its range of products since the company was formed in 1953 and it really shows. They focus on highly innovative bathroom accessories and furnishings and are known for high quality but unusual pieces. If you like edgy and modern home decor then we think you will love the Keuco pieces we currently have in stock. The Moll towel ring is one of our favourites, with its thicker frame and downward facing D shape. It sits fairly flat to the wall compared to some other pieces, making it a good option again for smaller bathrooms or simply for those who like design that really blends into the bathroom.
The Plan towel holder is also a really fantastic space saving piece, as its two swivelling arms mean you can hang one or two dry towels close together, then open the arms for greater airing when you need to dry damp towels. This makes for a highly convenient towel holder, particularly for busy households when you need the space and efficiency.
Inda began producing brassware bathroom products in 1944 and have gone from strength to strength ever since! Today, the company boasts 2 production plants, 3 branches in Europe, 60 distributors worldwide and a catalogue of over 6500 products. This Italian company is driven by a true entrepreneur and is constantly evolving its range to respond to current home living needs and lifestyle changes.
Inda produces some very versatile towel racks, such as the Hotellerie 62 model. As we mentioned above, you can use these racks either to stack towels on top or equally well to hang towels from - or a mixture of both! As the name suggests, this would be a good model to consider if you are outfitting a guesthouse or hotel. Inda has several different designs of rack in their Hotellerie range so there are plenty of options to choose from. Another favourite is the Touch Double Arm rail, which is a space saving choice with a lovely simple finish.
So far, admittedly, lots of our recommendations for bathroom towel racks and rings work on the assumption that you are able to fix things to your bathroom walls. However, we do understand that lots of people rent their homes and therefore may not be able to attach fixtures permanently, yet still need somewhere to hang their towels. This is where Smedbo comes in. The Scandinavian market leader has some fantastic free standing towel rail options. These could also come in handy if you are decorating and need something temporary or even for in a bedroom if you are short on radiator space. Take a look at the Outline model which is one of our top picks. A truly versatile bathroom accessory - who says it's just for towels?
Crosswater is one of our approved sellers and, at a slightly lower price point to some of the other options we have discussed, offer some beautiful but affordable pieces for your bathroom. We discussed before the versatility of a towel rack but this Crosswater Central 2 Tier rack really takes that one step further. With a rack on top for stacking your towels and a hanging bar below from which you can air or dry your towel, this is such a good space saving option.
Burlington describes their designs as 'classically styled bathrooms' and we could not agree more. We currently have in stock the three essentials from Burlington: a towel ring, a towel rail and a towel rack in their Traditional design. These chrome fittings would look lovely fitted together in a bathroom as a coordinating set. Alternatively, each piece is subtle enough that it could work well to compliment other more detailed pieces that you may have chosen. If you find yourself really taken with the range, you might want to take a look at the other bathroom accessories from Burlington, such as their mounted roll holder or soap dish.