One of the greatest mysteries in life is how hotel bath towels manage to look so perfectly fluffy.
It might be due to the fabric softener used, but I have a hunch that the fluffiness of a hotel bath towel is more to do with the way it's folded, rather than the material it’s made from.
If you would like to achieve this even folding at home, forget everything you know about folding towels and take a look at some of my simple towel folding tricks that will make your towels look beautiful as well as save you space.
But first, let’s take a look at why it’s important to learn how to properly fold towels.
Why Is It Important To Fold Towels Properly?
They Look Beautiful
The first advantage of folding towels is that it makes your bathroom look gorgeous. Properly folded towels are sure to wow guests when they step into your bathroom!
If you’ve recently purchased luxury towels then properly maintaining the quality of these towels is important, as it helps you save time and space.
Every space counts in your bathroom, and so folding towels properly is worth it.
Helps Keep Your Bathroom Items Organized
Organizing your bathroom items is super satisfying and by properly folding your towels you can make organizing your bathroom even easier.
4 Fancy Towel Folding Methods
There is no one perfect way to fold towels, as it all comes down to how you like to display your towels and store them, i.e. in a cabinet, on a shelf, or on a towel bar.
Traditional Hotel Folding
This method gives your towels clean, smooth edges which makes it ideal for towels that are stacked and stored on a bench or open shelf.
Start by spreading your bath towel on a flat surface, then fold the long end into the middle and do the same on the other side.
Then fold the short ends into the middle, making sure you have left a gap where the ends meet as this will give you room for another fold.
Lastly, grab one end and fold it over the other and you have a wonderfully folded bath towel! Smooth out the surface and stack the towels.
Spa-Inspired Rolling Method
To make your towels look even more luxurious, take your cues from your favorite spa and roll your towels rather than fold them.
This method saves space, keeps the towels close together, and is great if you store your towels in open cubbies or baskets.
First, spread the towel on a flat surface. Diagonally fold one corner towards the middle so the short side matches the longer side of the towel, with a pointy edge.
Fold the towel in half lengthwise, then turn the towel over so the folded edge is at the bottom.
Finally, roll the towel tightly starting from the short side across the point. Once you’re at the end, tuck in the point to keep it securely rolled.
Towel Bar Folding Method
This traditional method is ideal if you hang your bathroom towels. It gives you easy access to your towels so you can grab one quickly and drape it over a towel bar.
First, fold your towel in thirds lengthwise, and then fold in half before bringing the short end towards the middle. And you’re done!
Folding Method To Reduce Wear
Keep your towels fluffy with this folding method to prevent your towels from wearing out.
This is also a great space-saving technique as well as reducing potential wear that a towel might experience if it’s hung up on a towel bar.
First, fold your towel in half lengthwise before folding it half widthwise, joining the shorter ends together.
Finally, fold it in half widthwise for a flat, wide fold that you can easily stack.
If your towels needed to be folded more compactly for better storage, then fold the towel in thirds rather than in half.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is There A Correct Way To Fold A Towel?
The correct way to fold a bath towel depends on a couple of things, such as where you want to store the towels, how much space you have to store the towels, and if you need to maximize the space.
Depending on your answer, you can decide how to efficiently fold a bath towel.
If you would like to store your towels in a small space, then it’s best to go for the narrow third-fold method.
However, if you have a lot of room, a simple third-fold method will do.
But if you would like to leave towels out for a guest or you want your towels to look extra fancy, then I recommend a rolling method rather than a folding method.
Which Is Better? Folding Or Rolling Towels?
Honestly, one method isn’t better than the other. Both are great and make your towels look beautiful while saving space.
However, some people prefer to fold towels as it is quicker and doesn’t need a large, flat surface for you to fold towels on.
However, this doesn’t make the roll method less beautiful or effective, so if that’s your preference, go for it!
What Is The Best Way To Fold A Towel For Deep Shelves?
Instead of folding your towels differently for deep shelves, think about stacking towels with two stacks.
There you go! Four simple methods to fold towels that make your towels beautiful and simple to store, whether you want your towels to resemble hotel towels or spa towels!
If you’re new to folding towels, you are not alone.
Although it seems like a simple skill, folding towels isn’t seen as necessary when you’re not in a hospitality setting, and not something that we instinctively know how to do.
Keep working on your methods and soon it will be second nature to you.
I hope these techniques for towel folding will come in handy next time you have guests and want to source up your bathroom or fold your clean towels in a way that will improve their longevity.