Happy Monday guys!

I hope you all had an awesome weekend!  The weather here was too pretty to stay inside, so we spent lots of time out in the garage getting stuff done.  To keep up with all of our projects as we are creating them, be sure to FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

My next project solved a huge problem I have been dealing with for 5 years.  My hubby is very specific about his hand towels.  He wants one hanging at all times, and a backup ready to go that he doesn’t have to go search for.  That led me to design these guys!  Check out my DIY towel holders I created for under $10!

DIY Towel Hook for the Bathroom

DIY Towel Holder

See… Now he has 2 towels ready to go!  Woohoo!

This is a super easy build!  It’s also a great starter Kreg Jig
project for those of you on the fence or those that have yours still sitting in the box…

Let’s get started!

Supply List for 2 Towel Holders

1 x 10 x 4 board

1 x 6 x 4 board

1 x 2 x 4 board


Metal Hooks

My first step was making my cuts.  I used my Ridgid miter saw to make all my cuts.  You can also use a cheap hand saw like this one!  It requires a bit more elbow grease, but totally gets the job done.

Wood for DIY Towel Holder

Cuts for DIY Towel Hook

Cuts for DIY Towel Holder

After making all my cuts, I used my Kreg Jig
to put two 3/4″ pocket holes in each of my 1×6 pieces.  I put one at each of the arrows.

Kreg Jig K5 pocket holes

Here is what they looked like before I attached them…

towel holder DIY tutorial

Next, I used my Ryobi drill to attach the shelves with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

How to build a towel holder

This is where i placed both of the shelves…

Towel Holder How To

To add the front 1×2″ trim piece, I ran a line of Gorilla wood glue down the front of each shelf piece.

How to make a DIY Towel Holder

Next, I used my Ryobi Airstrike cordless nailer (love love love this tool) to put a few brad nails into each piece like this…

Ryobi Airstrike Nail gun

Here is a side shot of the shelf…

Side view of towel hook

Now for stain!  I used Varathane stain in dark walnut for this piece.  You can find this at Home Depot.  We love it because it dries super quick and it only requires 1 coat… Woohoo!

Here it is drying!

Stained towel hook

Before hanging it, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander to distress and rough up my edges.  I love the finish it gives!  Plus, it uses the same battery as my drill making it super convenient.

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

To hang it, I decided to mount it directly to the studs in the wall.  An easy way to find your studs is by using a stud finder.  This is the one I use.
I used my drill to pre drill two small holes in the center of the top and bottom of my back board.  The bottom one will be covered by my hook, and the top will be filled and covered with a rolled towel.  Next, I used 3″ torx screws to go through the back of the board and into the studs of the wall.  I used wood filler to cover my top hole.  Finally, I attached my hook which covered that bottom screw.  Easy peasy!

Here it is again all finished!

DIY Towel Holder

Towel Hook by Shanty2Chic

DIY Bathroom Towel Hook

Shanty2Chic Towel Hook

DIY Towel Hook by Shanty2Chic

DIY Towel Hook for the Bathroom

Bathroom Towel Hook DIY

What do you think?

I love that I made these for under $10 and in no time at all!

I would LOVE for you to share my towel holders and PIN them below!  You guys are always so awesome!

Thanks so much and let me know if you have any questions at all!


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  1. Not only is this nifty, but it’s actually simple enough that I can actually manage it! That’s always a plus! ?

  2. Seriously as soon as it warms up enough for me to stand being in the garage for 10 minutes ( its -10 today) I am SO making both the hand towel holder and the bath towel holder someone else showed. Yay! I have made a few things you have posted, always fab directions. Thanks!

  3. Thank you SOOO much for the awesome instructions. I absolutely love your site and am going through picking out which ones I want to make for the house. Here’s one of my first ones.

  4. I love this idea but I would love to see one big enough to hold bath towels versus hand towels. Thanks for posting and let me know if you have one for them.

  5. im tired of body towel holders being pulled through the dry wall… and our studs, at 16″ apart are to wide for any towel holder I have found… So thanks to your idea, I will create a longer version of this to accommodate multiple towels hanging and mounted to the studs. Thank you!