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DIY Wooden Towel Rack

May 15, 2018

When we remodeled the boys’ bathroom last year, we added a couple of hooks for them to hang their towels up.  I had them strategically hung at a lower level so they could reach them, however, that also meant a little too much force was applied while a towel was being hung up.  Or maybe a child hung from the hook themselves just to see if it would hold him?  Just saying.  Needless to say, they started coming loose from the sheetrock very quickly and were about to fall out of the wall.

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

I liked the functionality of having them at kid level, but we needed a better solution.  Placing a board behind the hooks provided the stability we needed while also covering up the existing holes!  It was a super easy fix and has been working out great!  I wanted to hide the screws behind the hooks so that the board would be nice and secure without visible screws.  It just makes for a cleaner looking towel rack, don’t you think?

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

I have been seeing a lot of people using this Old Barn Milk Paint stain and I was intrigued for a couple of reasons.  #1, its a one step stain!  Can I get an amen?  It’s water based, so you just paint it on and that’s it!  You can do as many coats as you want to, but I went with two for this project.  And #2, it is non-toxic.  Enough said.  This is the color Weathered.


1″x 8″ board, cut to size.  I used a pine board cut to 28 inches
hooks–I used 3 (These are the ones I have because they match the other bathroom fixtures, but there are less expensive hooks available at Hobby Lobby or Amazon–I like these and these!)
2″ construction screws
stain or paint (optional)
paintbrush or rag to apply stain or paint
wall anchor (optional)


Measure your wall and decide how long you want your board to be.  If you know your measurements when you purchase the board, Home Depot or Lowes will cut it for you!

If you are wanting to stain or paint your board, do that next.  Allow plenty of time for your board to dry before you screw it to the wall.  Determine how many hooks you want on your board and where you want the hooks placed on the board.  Use a stud finder to locate the studs on your wall.  Mark them with a pencil to determine where to place your board.  Ideally, you would want to secure the board to 2 studs, but that may not always work out, depending on where your hooks are going to be located.  So, just aim for 1 stud at a minimum and use a wall anchor for the 2nd (and possibly 3rd) screw of you think it is necessary.

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

Use a drill to secure the board to the wall where your stud is.  Using your level, ensure your board is nice and straight before screwing the remaining screws into the wall.

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

Attach your hooks over each screw to cover them.  And now you have a custom towel rack that not only looks great, but is super functional and kid friendly!

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

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