Like curtain rods, towel bars have so much untapped potential. Take them out of the bathroom and they become decluttering superstars, capable of keeping hundreds of things tidy and out of the way. Go beyond linens, and think about shoes, cleaning supplies, accessories, kitchen utensils, and even plants and tools. See all the ways a basic bar can help organize your entire house.
If you have a mobile kitchen island, add a towel bar to one side. Above, the brass bar for kitchen towels is a great addition to this table-turned-kitchen-island from Petal & Ply. A simple hook would do the trick as well.
If you like the brass and wood bar above, check out Etsy for similarly beautiful handmade options. We love this one from Shire Design, which sells for $79.50. You can select your finish and it will be ready to ship in 1-2 weeks.
One of the best strategies for keeping your closet clean is to have the right storage for each and every item in there. The Chronicles of Home added some towel bars for scarves which turned a bare wall into that perfect spot.
This 24 in. Towel Bar from Home Depot sells for $5.68 and is a great budget option. Paint it the same color as your walls and it will blend into its surroundings and look more attractive than its price tag suggests.
Speaking of closets, this one from Stylizmo mounted a stacked series of bars to hang and display high heels, which is a great solution for closet walls with extra vertical space.
IKEA has a number of towel bars. We couldn't find the BYGEL one above is no longer available on IKEA's U.S. website, and might be discontinued, but you can still buy them on Amazon for under $15, for now at least.
If have a little extra wall space, you can mount a bar to the wall and add s-hooks to hang your bags. This home, from Refinery29, used an inexpensive bar in the entryway and doubled its storage capacity.
Mount a bar underneath your kitchen cabinets for an extra storage boost. It's a great place to hang often-used utensils and mugs. Swoonworthy went a step further and glammed up her GRUNDTAL system with a little bit of gold spray paint.
If you don't want the messy job of painting, buy an actual brass bar, like this one from CB2. It's modern with clean lines, and comes in three sizes: 18" for $19.95, 24" for $24.95, and 30" for $29.95.
If your entryway needs a catchall, check out this DIY organizer from Martha Stewart. She used gooseneck brackets and a bar, but a small store-bought towel bar would work well too.
Jenn over on Clean & Scentsible has a great set up on the door below her kitchen sink. An IKEA rail and s-hooks hold rubber gloves, and an acrylic organizer keeps the soap and scrubbers handy.
If you're a renter, and don't want to drill into your kitchen cabinets, buy and over-the-door model, like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond, which sells for $7.99 and comes in brass, bronze, copper and chrome finishes.
Don't forget your outdoor space as well. We love this shed, seen at The Cavender Diary, which used the back of its doors to store tools and hoses. Again, s-hooks and towel bars to the rescue.
Jessie of Messy Jesse used a series of rails to organize her sewing and craft supplies, showing that they are great way to gather a lot of little items and supplies all in one neat place.
It looks like Jessie used IKEA's FINTORP series above, which comes in black and chrome, and has coordinating accessories for storage. A 31" rail is only $9.99 and the 22.5" size is only $8.99.
If you can find a bar that's long enough to span your window, it's a fantastic place to hang some plants, especially herbs that need lots of sun.