Nicely folded towels are a wonderful way to decorate and add style to your bathroom. Whether the towels are out on display or tucked away inside a cupboard, this method of folding towels will make them both pretty to look at and optimized for storing well. Follow these simple steps next time you fold your towels and I guarantee you’ll be looking for a way to display them if they aren’t already out! 😉
Growing up, one of the chores we traded off doing as children was folding all the towels after they were washed in the laundry. I still vividly remember my dad teaching me how to fold towels the way I’m about to share with you. He wasn’t necessarily concerned with the fact that they looked pretty, but wanted them folded this way so they would optimize the space in our towel cupboard. And in the moment, I remember rolling my eyes and thinking this was the most ridiculous “skill” to be learning. Haha! And now, years later, I’m teaching all of you how to fold towels! I love how things like this work out. 😉
As a designer, I’ve found that folded towels are honestly one of my favorite ways to decorate in a bathroom. Every bathroom I’ve designed has some sort of open shelving on it with folded towels on display. They give the room an element of softness and are welcoming to your guests because they don’t have to go looking for a towel!
Before we get into the detailed tutorial (with pictures!) on how to fold towels, I thought I’d list out the simple steps for those of you that like bullet points… 😉
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLDING TOWELS
- Fold into thirds long-ways
- Fold in half twice
- Put on display with open edge to the back
How to Fold Towels
the Pretty Way
STEP 1: FOLD IN THIRDS LONG-WAYS
PINCH THE SHORT SIDE CORNERS
The first step is to hold the towel in front of you by pinching two short side corners.
FOLD OVER FIRST SIDE
Next, fold one side in a third of the way “hot-dog” style.
FOLD OVER SECOND SIDE
Then take the other side and fold it over a third as well.
STEP 2: FOLD IN HALF TWICE
FOLD IN HALF FIRST TIME
After it’s folded in thirds, use one hand to scoop up the bottom end and grab it at the top with the other hand.
FOLD IN HALF SECOND TIME
Lastly, fold it in half a second time.
STEP 3: PUT ON DISPLAY
When I put my pretty folded towels on display, I prefer to put the open side towards the back and the patterned, or finished part of the towel down.
If this folding method is new to you, you are not alone! While it sounds like a basic skill, folding towels the pretty way is definitely a learned method! I hear from people all the time that they have no idea how to fold towels the “right way” and in this case, “right” means pretty. 😉 I hope this helps you next time you go to decorate your bathroom or even just put away your clean towels!
Have a great day!
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