Quality Towel Rails From Hudson Reed

We have one of the largest selections of bathroom towel rails in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Which Bathroom towel rail to choose?

Whether you’re looking at installing a heated towel rail or something more traditional like a plain old towel hook, there are several factors you need to think about before making your choice. The first thing to think about is where it’s going to go. If you have a small bathroom, you may want to opt for a smaller towel rail instead of one that takes up too much space. On the other hand, if you have a larger bathroom, you can probably afford to get a bigger towel rail than the average person might expect.

Next, you’ll want to think about whether you want your towel rail to be a permanent fixture or if you’d rather leave it on a shelf somewhere else while you use it. Finally, you’ll also want to pay attention to how easy it is to install. Is it already put together so all you have to do is plug it in? Or does the installation require you to pull off some drywall?

Let’s take a look at what the options are for each of these four categories. Then we’ll talk about which ones are best for your particular situation.

What to look for in a towel rail

First off, you’ll want to decide on exactly what kind of towel rail you’re shopping for. There are three main types of towel rails: over-the-door, wall-mounted, and freestanding.

Over-the-Door Towel Railing

This type of towel rail attaches directly to the door frame using screws through the bottom of the rail. It offers a classic look that works well with any decor style. This type of rail is typically used in smaller bathrooms.

Wall Mounted Towel Railing

Wall-mounted towel rails attach to the wall by means of brackets or screws. They offer a modern look that fits well into almost any decor style.

Freestanding Towel Railing

The last option is a freestanding towel rail. These are basically just a tube with a handle on top, but they still come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. You can even buy them preassembled. With no brackets or mounting hardware involved, this type of rail makes the most sense if you don’t mind putting your towel rail in a corner. Freestanding towel rails are often made of plastic or stainless steel.

Types of towel rails

Once you’ve made your decision as to what kind of towel rail you want, you’ll need to decide between using a horizontal or vertical towel rail. There are pros and cons to both.

Horizontal Towel Rails

If you want a simple way to hang towels, this is the way to go. It’s very lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh down your bathroom walls or door frames.

Unfortunately, horizontal rails can be difficult to access for drying wet items because they aren’t angled towards the floor. However, if you keep your towels and linens hanging on the backside of the rail, you won’t have to worry about getting everything out of your way to hang them.

On the downside, you can only fit two towels per rack, so if you plan to hang more than two towels, you may have to pick another type of rail. For example, a decorative towel bar can hold up to 12 towels.

Vertical Towel Railing

A vertical towel rail can accommodate more than two towels at a time, so it usually comes in handy if you need to hang more than two towels. Unfortunately, it can make hanging things, such as toilet paper, a bit awkward.

It’s hard to reach the back sides of the rack to hang anything behind it, since there isn’t a built-in place for towels to hang on the backside. You can always add racks to either side of the towel rail, but you have to remember to remove them once you finish drying. If you don’t, you could easily end up leaving a pile of damp towels in front of the rack.

In addition to being able to hold more than two towels at a time, it also provides a better surface area to dry your hands on. If you prefer to dry your hands on the towel itself instead of touching a cold metal surface, a towel rail is a great option.

Classic or Modern

Another thing to consider when picking out a towel rail is how classic or modern you want it to look. Many people use antique towel rails as an accent piece. Others prefer a sleek, modern design. Whichever you choose, you’ll have plenty of options.

You can find towel rails in white, chrome, black, wood, glass, or nickel finishes. There are also different shapes and sizes available, including square, round, oval, and even octagonal.

Classic or Modern

Whatever you choose, you should match your towel rails to your overall aesthetic. If you tend to lean toward a more traditional or rustic vibe, you may want to stick with a more classic towel rail. If you tend to gravitate towards a more modern or contemporary style, try something more elegant.

For example, if you choose a round shape, you could go with a solid colour or select a patterned towel rail. A gold or silver tone will give your room a luxurious feel.

On the other hand, if you chose a rectangular shape, you’ll want to stay away from patterns. Instead, choose a solid colour like black, brown, grey, or white.


Most people prefer their towel rails to be shiny, smooth, and clean. To achieve this effect, you can purchase towel rails with polished brass or chrome finishes. Alternatively, you can choose a matte finish. While matt finishes are less expensive, they lack shine.


Some people prefer the look of a brushed chrome finish. Brushed chrome adds a touch of elegance without breaking the bank.

Small or Large

The final question to ask yourself is how big you want your towel rail to be. Do you want a single towel holder or multiple towel holders? If you have a small bathroom, you can likely get away with a small towel rail. Just make sure you choose the right size for your shower.

However, if you have a large bathroom, you should invest in a larger towel rail. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to store towels in the closet. If you need help figuring out how large to make your towel rail, look at our guide on the right dimensions for towel rails. Finally, if you need help deciding on which towel rail to buy, take a look at our guide to choosing the perfect towel rail.