An often overlooked aspect of any bathroom, towel rails are not what usually springs to mind when one thinks about renovating the room. However, not only do towel rails perform a necessary role in providing a storage space for towels, but they can also help add a design flair to an ordinary bathroom.
There are four basic types of towel rails, ranging from simple freestanding towel rails through to luxurious heated towel rails. Each variety has its pros and cons, so it’s important to establish which will work best in your room.
Freestanding Towel Rails
The easiest variety of towel rails to add to your bathroom; a freestanding towel rail gives you flexibility and freedom with its positioning. As stated, these rails are not attached to the wall, and can be easily updated without blowing your budget. If you do decide to use a freestanding towel rail, make sure it’s made from a lightweight material so it can be easily moved into and around your bathroom.
Wall-mounted Towel Rails
These rails require a little bit more effort, as they do need to be properly fitted and mounted against a wall. However, they won’t take up extra floor space so it’s an easy solution to space issues in smaller bathrooms. Mounted rails come in a variety of colours, materials and dimensions, so it’s not hard to find one that suits your space, and they’re also fairly inexpensive to install.
Ladder / Rack Towel Rails
With the option of both freestanding or wall mounted, ladder and rack towel rails give you freedom to be selective when it comes to design in your bathroom, and are becoming an increasingly popular choice of towel rail. The ladder option is freestanding, and is usually made from a lightweight material, while the rack towel rail is wall-mounted, and is made from a metal. Both options provide more storage space for your towels than the first two options, which is ideal for families.
Heated Towel Rails
At the higher end of towel rails, the heated towel rail varieties go above and beyond the average towel rail to warm your towels before and after use, and help reduce the musty smell that damp towels often emit. The rails normally use either a hydronic heating system or an electrical system to operate, and are the most expensive towel rail to install, so it’s important to factor in the cost. But certain heated rails can go a long way in providing heating for the whole bathroom, and may be an investment worth making.
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