Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kitchen: Vertical Storage Option Series Part Three- Storing Dish Towels

Welcome to Part Three of my Vertical Storage Option Series. To see Part One, click here and for Part Two here.  In this post, I want to share some photos I have collected showing dish towel storage options for you to consider when designing your dream kitchen. IMG_0001 

^In the photo above, attached to the inside of the pull out cabinet front, is a metal dish for holding a sponge or other type of soap pad.  Next to it are some metal rods for hanging dish towels. There appears to be a shelf at the bottom which would be a great  place for dish detergent and dishwasher detergent.  It looks like a fixed panel above which leads me to believe this very functional pull out cabinet front is located directly under the kitchen sink.

Source: Beautiful Kitchens Summer 2009


^The pull out cabinet front shown above has the capacity to store numerous folded dish towels. It also includes several wooden bars which give you the option to fold dish towels over these bars.

Source: Great Kitchen Ideas


^Similar to the previous cabinet front pull out, this one has three shelves to place folded dish towels.

Source: Kitchen Ideas That Work by Beth Veillette


^My first inclination after looking at this photo is to say the opening to this cabinet front pull out should be facing the other direction; towards the kitchen sink. Upon further review,  I realize there is a sink to the right of the drawer.  Still, I am thinking one would need a towel at the kitchen sink more than one at the second sink. Perhaps a master craftsman could figure out a design which would eliminate the side wall which would make this pull out functional from both directions.

Source: The Smart Approach to Kitchen Design


^ Above is a convenient option for a towel bar, however, make sure your towel bar does not protrude too far out from the cabinet. If it protrudes too far out you might find it is uncomfortable in your belly or hip region. 

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^For some reason, I am having trouble wrapping my mind around the above photo. There appears to be high end beautiful cabinetry, yet this opening and plastic coated rods look cheap.  I am not seeing any kind of door to cover the opening when the rods are pushed back into the cabinet.  What do you think?

Source: Kitchen Ideas That Work by Beth Veillette


^An interesting built in towel hook. As I study this photo, it appears to me that these hooks are on the low side. What do you think?

Source: Taunton’s Home Storage Idea Book by Joanne Kellar Bouknight



^The dish towels hanging on the island in the photo above are both functional and decorative.

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^This island design gives you a decorative area to hang your dish towel.

Source: Tauton’s Home Storage Idea Book by Joanne Kellar Bouknight

Please check back for more posts in my Kitchen: Vertical Storage Option Series. Blessings.  …susan


Design Esquire said...

I love all these options. I just hang mine on the bar on my stove - not very original!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these options! I love the second photo option with the storage for the extra towels. However, the fifth photo with the towel bar is my favorite! I hate having to use my sticky or wet hands to open a drawer to grab a towl. And I don't really see what the big deal with having to hide the towels in the first place. That is a very functional option for that unusable space right under the sink. We always have ours hanging on the stove handle or draped over the door of the cabinet directly below the sink. :-)

Gay Riggs said...

No master craftsman needed for kitchen #4 hanging towel pull out drawer. Just remove the "back" board per your suggestion. Instead have a board "mirroring" the width of drawer in the middle and at the back. Then have the dowel going from front through the middle board to the back board. That way the hanging towels are available to both sides. Also each of the 2 dowels could be placed a little off center (top dowel to the right of center and bottom dowel to the left of center) so that it would be easier to reach both top and bottom hanging towel.

Shannon said...

I love, love, love the first picture. I am definitely going to use this in our kitchen cabinets. I am so glad you posted about this subject, I had no idea how I was going to store towels, soap, sponges, etc.!!! You are always a life saver.

Cristin said...

Great options! Many thanks.