towel bars suck

Philosophically, I am opposed to towel bars. Really.


 From a pragmatist’s point of view, they make no sense either. The towels hang beautifully tied with fancy tassels for “company”,  which is code for “NEVER TOUCH THESE TOWELS.”  Artistically is the only way to approach a towel bar because they serve no real function. And artistically they get an F.

 However, when you try to actually  use  a towel bar, the towels get all scrunched up and shoved together. Ugly. Dysfunctional. Confusing. . . are the towels fresh or dirty? Who can tell? In the design world, towel bars are like being sucker punched. It’s only my opinion.

 I’d like to meet Mr Towel Bar (the inventor) because I have a hunch that he’s a honey lipped, sweet talker. And what makes me even crazier is that no one has had the nerve to call him out. Nope. We just go on buying more towel bars. Like sheep to the slaughter. Towel bars, towel bars, towel bars. 

May I make a suggestion?

Buy a handsome, iron coat rack or hat rack or whatever you’d like to call it.

 Doesn’t this LOOK better? After a shower you can throw a towel from across the room and it will land in an eye pleasing position! Doesn’t this FUNCTION better? Everybody, even the guests can use it!  Doesn’t this, in fact, embrace all philosophic truths? That all beauty is good, and all goodness is true, and all towel bars suck?


Dianne Ross

 Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors



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