Rustic DIY Towel Organizer

It’s that time of year when everyone is getting organized and I’ve teamed up with 9 other bloggers to bring you 10 fresh organization ideas (keep scrolling).  I think I have spent the past 2 weeks cleaning and organizing and  purging and I think I could spend the next 12 months doing the same thing. Am I the only one who thinks it’s never-ending?

I am constantly wondering and stressing over where to put everything in our home. And that includes towels. Yes something as simple as towels. Our main linen closet doesn’t hold much and we have very little space in our master bathroom, so our clean towels have ended up sitting on the floor of our master closet for the past 5 years. Yes, I just admitted that. It was a nicely folded stack, does that help?

We had a very basic towel rack in our bathroom. But to solve the storage/organization problem, I built a Rustic DIY Towel Organizer for our bathroom. It holds our clean towels and ones that are in use. It’s been the perfect solution and it was really easy to put together.

Rustic DIY Towel Organizer and Rack! Saves space and looks really easy to make. Tutorial included. via @tarynatddd

DIY Towel Rack

DIY Towel Organizer! Love this idea. via @tarynatddd

No more stacks of towels on the closet floor, yay!

DIY Towel Organizer!

DIY Towel Rack Before and After

Yup! Pretty glad I got around to making this project happen. Love a good before and after :)


DIY Towel Rack Wood Pieces

I started with two pieces of  Whitewood Planks, one 10″w and another 8″w (It was the cheapest wood I found with the finish I wanted). The top shelf measures  10″ X “1 X 22″ and the lower piece that measures  8″ X 1″ X 22”. You could use two pieces the same size, I just wanted a smaller piece for the bottom part because I thought it looked better with the size of brackets I used.

TIP: Before deciding the length of your shelf, first find the studs on your wall. With a shelf this heavy, I recommend securing it to studs. So the length of your shelf may depend on how far apart your studs are. Mine measured 16″ a part, so I added 3″ on either side of the brackets and made it a total of 22″. 

DIY Towel Rack ConstructionI secured them together at a 90 degree angle. The 10″ board will be used to place the towels on and the 8″ board is for the hooks. I used a combination of wood glue and nails. (P.S. I LOVE my Ryobi Cordless Nailer, it’s so easy to use and is the perfect tool to have around for small projects. I love not having to bring out the air compressed whenever I want to use it).

DIY Wood Rack Barnwood StainAfter the glue dried, I stained the pieces using a couple of different stains. I really wanted a barn wood look so I started experimenting with different stains I had on hand. I ended up using a thin layer of Minwax English Chestnut  and then did a dry rub of Rustoleum Kona.

DIY Towel Rack FinishI waited 24 hours for the stain to dry then did two coats of Minwax Satin polyurethane.

IMG_8393I knew I wanted black iron brackets and I ended up finding these at Target. Only $9.99 for both brackets!

I secured the brackets to the top shelf first, but waited on the lower ones.

DIY Towel Rack

Now it’s time for installation. I found the studs on the wall and marked them. Then, I matched the brackets up with the studs. Because I was going through an extra board and into the studs, I didn’t use the screws that came with the brackets. I recommend 2-2 1/2″ screws for both sets of the lower holes!

The last part was putting on the towel hooks. I bought these black hooks at Lowes to really finish off the look.

DIY Towel Organizer!

And that’s it! I love my new DIY Towel Organizer!

Need some more organization ideas? Try these from some of my favorite bloggers. Tons of printables to help you get organized in the new year!

Bombshell Bling 52 Mantels 4 Marrs, One Venus Crazy Little Projects Smart School House Dimple Prints Giggles Galore The Cards We Drew That's What {Che} Said Design, Dining + Diapers HTML Map

1. 10 Must Have Cleaning Supplies from Bombshell Bling

2.Chalkboard Labels For Kids from 52 Mantels

3. Menu Planning Printable from 4 Marrs One Venus

4. Organizing Printable from Crazy Little Projects

5. Blog Organizer Printable from Smart School House

6. Chore Printable from Dimple Prints

7. Chalkboard Command Center from Giggles Galore

8. Infant Clothing Size Dividers from The Cards We Drew

9. Free Daily To-Do List from That’s What {Che} Said

10. DIY Towel Organizer from Design, Dining + Diapers


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Lisa B. says

    I would choose the 2014 life planner -inspire -make the days count, for my son who will be going to college this fall!

  2. Ruthanne G says

    My bathroom is so cute except for how our towels are stored. This is such a great look! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. JaneEllen says

    Great project, Taryn. Love stained look, like how two stains worked to give it great look. You sure are one talented gal. I’ve never attempted to make a shelf (have mr. control freak who will not allow me to use his tools.)then it’s getting him to make what I want and how I want.
    I usually love a painted look but stains look smooth and nice to look at. We have a storage problem in our bathroom, none except under sink. Bought a cubby organizer at Target on sale this past weekend to store towels and toiletries. Because whomever had our house before/ordered it/didn’t have good insulation put in, if we put some toiletries under sink they freeze. Pretty stupid ordering a house for CO then not having good insulation put in, duh.
    The longer we’re in this house the more we realize what things they didn’t do, not good for us, makes higher utility bills, colder in winter/hotter in summer. Thank heavens for our ceiling fans, they’re a life saver in summer.
    Will have to see if hubs will make one of these shelves, will help immensely. Great post.
    Finally got him to put a hook up for our towels right by shower door so in winter we don’t have to freeze getting our towels. We have to run a heater in bathroom in winter.
    Your tutorial was great Taryn, very nicely done, you’re a gem gal. Happy days

  4. says

    Hi Taryn, just stopping in from the Show Me What Ya Got link party. I just love this shelf; so rustic and pretty! I like the idea of matching the brackets supports to the studs. Thanks for sharing your tutorial, and have a great day!
    Val @

  5. says

    Love! This turned out so well… I could really see a towel organizer like this in my home. I may use your tutorial! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!!


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