Start with the basics. Bath sheets usually measure 35" x 60" and provide the most cloth to absorb moisture after a bath or shower. Hand towels, while much smaller and often decorative, are important in a high-traffic guest or hall bath. Washcloths come in handy for families with children and during beauty routines.
For flair, add color and pattern. Pair bright towels with neutral walls, or match towel motifs to tones in your tile, fixtures or decor. Mix solids with coordinating patterns or small-scale prints with larger patterns.
Last, consider having special towel sets for guests or holidays. Swap these out as you see fit for the finishing touch.
To eliminate some of the guesswork, choose a towel set. A basic set includes pairs of bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. Larger families can purchase sets that offer four of each item
Towels are woven in a variety of materials that range from high-end to economical. Depending on your style, budget, and the level of quality you’re looking for, you’ll easily find a fabric that works for you.
Made of the highest quality long-staple cotton, Egyptian cotton is extremely soft and fluffy. The dense fibers absorb moisture quickly, but can begin to smell if they don’t thoroughly dry after each use.
The fastest drying of any towels, Turkish towels and their long-staple fibers provide a smooth feel. Turkish cotton is not as densely packed as Egyptian cotton is, making these towels lightweight and ideal for travel.
Soft and absorbent, towels constructed of 80 percent cotton/20 percent polyester blends are a practical and cost-efficient choice. Engineered fabric, like microfiber, is thin, light and absorbent.
Bamboo towels and organic cotton are options for the eco-conscious. With its looser weave, bamboo is soft and durable. It has odor- and allergy-resistant properties and helps wick away moisture from your skin.
Extend the life of your linens by washing towels properly. Before their first use, wash each towel to remove any residual silicone and ensure high absorbency. Carefully review the laundry care label before washing and drying.
Towels should be washed every three or four days, separately from clothes to avoid any fabric damage and for sanitary reasons. Make sure the water is warm and you’re using the proper amount of fabric softener. Wax from fabric softener can build up and ruin the fabric, so only use softener every third or fourth wash.
Before placing them in the dryer, give them a vigorous shake to loosen up the thread. This helps them dry faster and keeps them absorbent. It’s generally recommended to tumble towels dry on high heat. Finally, make sure your towels are completely dry before taking them out of the dryer and folding them so no lingering dampness can cause mildew.