Towel racks are capable of a lot more than just holding linens—it's time to let these multi-tasking organizers out of the bathroom so they can help you declutter every room in the house. From storing shoes in the entryway to corralling pens in the office, the towel bar proves its tidying potential.
Figuring out how to organize pot lids while maximizing cabinet space is a long-standing struggle. To keep them from cluttering up the shelves, the Martha Stewart team attached two towel bars across the inside of the cabinet door and lined the lids up along them.
And to organize the pots and pans themselves? We're following James's lead and hanging them from a series of towel bars using s-hooks, as shown above in his Clinton Hill apartment.
Turn the back of your closet door into an accessories station by mounting a towel bar dedicated to jewelry. The stylists at IKEA Family Live suspended bangles and necklaces from theirs, but I'm thinking scarves would also work well here.
When one towel bar simply isn't enough, it's time to turn to the double towel bar. The Home Depot Blog hacked the one above, turning it into a book sling, but the same design also works for shoe storage (see the first image on the top of the post).
Refinery29 spotted this 12-inch towel bar standing in for a coat rack in interior designer Laser Rosenberg's refined-yet-rustic Noho apartment. We're starting to think that towel bars are the only organizing tool we'll ever need to own.
In her pretty country-style kitchen, Cami from Tidbits puts a 12-inch towel bar to work holding dish towels, cutting boards and oven mitts. Consider attaching one in an easy-to-reach, yet out-of-the-way location, like on the side of a counter or kitchen island.
Closet Case Patterns shows us how to build this entire mobile cutting table from scratch, but we're zeroing in on the simple metal bar attached to the side. Pick one up at IKEA, along with a pack of always-handy S-hooks, and secure it to the side of a desk or table you already own.
To up the storage space in a minimalist walk-in closet, Stylizimo affixed two towel racks to the wall for stashing sunglasses, hats, belts and jewelry.
Because you can really never have enough shoe storage, Marie Embertsén from The Waves Me Make attached a towel rod to the inside of her closet door exclusively for storing pairs of pumps.
If your desk is perpetually cluttered with pens and Post-its, take a tip from BHG and suspend metal pails from a towel rod to corral all the odds and ends.