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DIY Towel Rack Made With One Board (Free Woodworking Plans!)

Need a place to store your bathroom towels? Make this DIY towel rack! You only need one 1×12 board! Download our free bathroom towel rack plans & learn how to build this shelf with our tutorial.

Thank you to Kreg for this DIY towel rack! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

A little while back we announced that we’re renovating the guest bathroom at our house. Check out the full bathroom mood board and plans here. You can also learn how to make your own mood board here – they are so fun to create!

Part of our renovation plan called for creating some towel storage, of course. Every good bathroom needs a good place to put towels. Since this is a guest bathroom, it is nice to have a place to store clean folded towels so your guests always know that they are clean!

Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole Jig

If you’ve been following Making Manzanita for a bit, you know that we are big fans of the Kreg pocket hole system.

We built tons of projects using our original K5 Pocket Hole Jig, we even have a super detailed guide and video about how to use it that you can check out here.

In 2021, Kreg released brand new pocket hole systems that replaced the K4 and K5, and the upgrades are pretty awesome.

Pocket hole joinery is definitely one of the easiest ways to join wood in woodworking projects. It’s our favorite hidden weapon for beginning woodworkers! We love the Kreg 720 Pro pocket hole jig.

The new 720PRO (which we were using for this DIY towel shelf) and the 520PRO (which replaced the smaller K4 system) were improved a ton, the most noticeable change being that they are easier to set up and use – score.

My favorite new feature of 720PRO and 520PRO is the clamp that you don’t have to adjust anymore. You should clamp it down and it automatically adjusts to match the thickness of your wood, so cool, right?

Pocket hole joinery is definitely one of the easiest ways to join wood in woodworking projects. It’s our favorite hidden weapon for beginning woodworkers!

Need a place to store your bathroom towels? Make this DIY towel rack! You only need one 1x12 board!

Want to learn more? I wrote a super detailed guide & created a video all about how to set up your Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole and use it, so be sure to check that out too!

We teamed up with our friends Kreg again for these DIY bathroom towel rack plans and are sharing them online for free, now available on KregTool.com!

Kreg’s website is chocked full of so many easy-to-follow FREE woodworking plans! I promise that you are going to find so much inspiration while you’re there! It is a goldmine!

DIY Towel Rack: Video Tutorial

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Ready to see how the DIY bathroom towel shelf turned out??

Doesn't this wooden wall mounted towel rack look amazing?! I'm so glad that we went with beautiful oak hardwood and stained it with one of my favorite dark wood stain colors - Jacobean.

Doesn’t it look amazing?! I’m so glad that we went with beautiful oak hardwood and stained it with one of my favorite dark wood stain colorsJacobean.

This dark wood stained wooden wall mounted towel shelf is the perfect place to store your clean and folded towels for guests over the toilet hanging on the wall.

As I’m sure you know, the cost of building materials and wood is soaring right now. But we were still able to build this DIY towel shelf at a modest price, I think. It helps that this project only required ONE board to make!

DIY Towel Rack Cost Breakdown

Note: these costs are, of course, subject to change and may be different in your region. The prices reflect the amount at the time of purchase for us.

Wood Projects Needed

Materials Needed

  • We had all the other materials we needed on hand, so the only cost to us was the one 1×12 board! = $0.00

But here are the other things, you’ll need:

Total Cost of Towel Rack = $53.76

I love the modern look of this easy wall mounted towel rack that goes over the toilet to hold towels. Follow along with our free woodworking plans to build it yourself.

If you want to build this easy one-board DIY towel rack, we’ve done all the hard work for you! All you need to do is hop over to Kreg’s website and check out the full tutorial.

Adding a DIY towel shelf is a great way to add both functional storage AND decor over your toilet, which can be a tough place to decorate!

Adding a towel shelf is a great way to add both functional storage AND decor over your toilet, which can be a tough place to decorate!

Would you love a towel rack like this in your bathroom?

Let us know in the comments below!

Learn how to build a towel shelf with these free easy to follow woodworking plans using beginner friendly pocket hole joinery.
DIY Towel Rack with One Board

DIY Towel Rack with One Board

Yield: 1 DIY Towel Rack
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $75

Need a place to store your bathroom towels? Make this DIY towel rack! You only need one 1x12 board!

Materials

Instructions

  1. Cut wood according to the cut list in the plans. Be sure to trim off the factory ends.
  2. Drill pocket holes using your Kreg Jig.
  3. Sand all the pieces using an orbital sander and 80-grit sandpaper followed by 150-grit sandpaper.
  4. Using clamps, attach the shelves to the back panel.
  5. Using oak pocket hole plugs, fill each pocket hole. Apply wood glue and add the plug. Once dry, sand each plug smooth and wipe away all sanding dust.
  6. Stain and seal in the color of your choice.
  7. Mount on the wall and it's ready to use!

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