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How to Fold Towels

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How to Fold Bath Towels
A stack of beige bath towels on a bench.

There are several ways to fold a towel. The different methods can be utilized for different storage situations. The three common towel folding methods are: tri-fold, deep fold and narrow fold. 

Colorful towels on shelves in a linen closet.

This method will make towels sit neat and tidy on the shelf. 

  • Lay the towel out on a flat surface with the tag facing up.
  • Fold a corner of the towel over about two-thirds of the way across the short side of the towel. 
  • Smooth down the length of the towel with your hands.
  • Fold the other side of the towel over the first third. Smooth down the length of the towel. Your towel should now be long and skinny.
  • Next, fold the towel in half.
  • Fold the towel in half again.
  • Display the towel with the folded edge facing outward.

Deep Fold
Folded white towels on floating wood shelves in a bathroom.

This is the perfect fold for a narrow closet or shelf.

  • Lay the towel out on a flat surface.
  • Fold one edge of the towel fold it over to the halfway mark on the short edge of the towel. 
  • Repeat on the other side. The two long edges should meet in the middle.
  • Fold the towel in half, length-wise so that the towel layers sit on top of each other.
  • Fold the ends of the towel towards the center, leaving a little gap in the center to avoid bulging in the center.
  • Display the towel with the folded edge facing outward.
Narrow Fold
White towels in a white cabinet in a bathroom.

If you are really tight on closet or shelf space, then perfect fold for is the narrow fold.

  • Lay the towel on a flat surface.
  • Fold the towel in half along its length.
  • Next, fold the towel in half creating a fold at the halfway point, aligning the short edges on top of each other.
  • Then, fold the hemmed edge of the towel two-thirds of the way in to create a crease.
  • Fold the opposite edge over the hemmed edge.
  • Display the towel with the folded edge facing outward.
How to Fold Towels Like a Hotel
Wash clothes rolled up in a wood bowel.

Make your guest bath feel as luxurious and welcoming as a five-star hotel. Folding a luxury bath towel is not a top-secret form of art. In fact, it's easy to emulate at home.

Many hotels simply use the trifold method with their towels and linens. However, if you want to impress your guests with your towel-folding skills, try this easy towel folding spa-style roll.


  • Lay the bath sheet or hand towel out on a flat surface.
  • Fold one corner of the towel to the center lengthwise.
  • Fold the towel in half lengthwise and then flip it over.
  • Roll the towel tightly toward the pointed end and tuck in the flap.
  • Display the towels in an attractive bowl or basket. 

How to Fold Towels Decoratively
White towels folded into a swan shape on a bed.

Cruise ships and resort hotels love to wow their guests by folding bath linens into whimsical or decorative shapes. A popular fold is a towel swan.

  • Use one large-sized towel. 
  • Place the towel on a flat surface.
  • Fold the edges of each corner to create a triangle. Since the towel is a rectangle and not a square, the edges won't line up at the bottom.
  • Then, roll the edges until they meet in the center. It should look like an arrow. 
  • Fold the arrow point back to for a ā€œZā€ shape.
  • Squeeze the corners of the towel to set the curves.
  • Create another swan to have a matching set.
  • Display them face to face so that the beaks touch.
How to Fold Towels to Save Space
White towels rolled up inside a cabinet.

The trifold, bifold and deep fold methods will save space on your closet shelves. However, the best space-saving towel folding method is the spa-style roll. Rolled towels take up significantly less space than flat folded towels. Rolled towels can be stored easily in other places if you have limited storage space.

How to Fold Hand Towels
A person stacking folded towels.

Hand towels can be folded in same manner as bath towels. Since they are smaller, the bifold or spa-style roll may be the best way to go. Just like with bath towels, place them on the shelf with the folded edge facing outward.

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