How to Make a DIY Towel Holder

When you’re going for a lake house design the way some of the top HGTV designers and contractors are on Home to Win, it makes sense to feature plenty of natural elements and finishes that incorporate the gorgeous surroundings. Fortunately that doesn’t always mean shelling out top dollars to get that look, either.

Danielle Bryk proved as much in the series’ second episode when she and Rob Evans took on the home’s powder room and transformed it from a run-of-the-mill bathroom into a jewel-box space full of big elements. One of our favourites was the custom rope towel-holder they installed. It took minutes to conceptualize and make, but it packs a pretty punch in the finished room.

Here’s how to get the easy but refined DIY look in your own powder room, kitchen, laundry or mud room in mere minutes.


  • Natural fiber rope
  • Fasteners
  • Tape measurer
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Reinforcements

What you do:

  1. Measure out your rope to fit along the desired area of the wall. Be sure to account for natural drooping once the towels are hanging on the rope.
  2. Measure out and mark equal distances between the spaces on the wall where your fasteners will go. Be sure to also measure out an equal height from the floor so that your finished product isn’t lopsided.
  3. Drill holes into the wall and attach your fasteners using screws and reinforcements.
  4. Thread the rope through the fasteners, making sure to create an oversized knot on each end.
  5. Hang your towels and step back to admire your handiwork.

Pro Tips:

  • Danielle used three fasteners to create this look but depending on the size of your space you can certainly downsize the look and use two.
  • Look for rope that fits in with the rest of your design concept; that can mean rope in varying colours and sizes. Just be sure that whatever material you do choose is strong enough to hold up the towels.
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