Looking for a way to freshen up the appearance of your bathroom without spending a ton of money on a contractor? Try adding some new towels. Bath towels are more than a just a way to dry off- they are also a great way to express your individual style and taste. By simply changing your towels you could give your bath a whole new image. Not all towels are created equal however. There are many differences in towel construction that affect how well they work and how long they last. If you want the truly best towels you will want to become a sort of towel expert, which means knowing what makes a high quality towel different than a standard cotton towel. Who knew that towels could be so in-depth? Here we will cover what you need to know to pick out bath towels like a professional.



The first aspect to consider is the towel’s thickness and how plush it feels in your hands. This is determined by what towel industry insiders (yes, there is such a thing) call GSM, or grams per square metre. In lay terms, a towel’s GSM describes its weight and density. When looking at a towel’s GSM you want to think about how you intend to use your towels. A higher GSM number means a plusher and thicker towel and a lower GSM towel is less thick, requires less energy to wash and is easier to fold. So, are you looking for towels you can roll up and put in your gym bag or fluffy, thick towels for hanging on the wall? Remember this when looking at GSM numbers.



There is more to choosing the perfect towel than its GSM numbers, you also want to pick towels that will effectively do their job and dry off your body. If you want towels that dry well then you will want to pay attention to their individual fibre make-up. Each individual fibre will play a role in how well the towel absorbs moisture. Longer fibres are more absorbent because there is more fabric on every part of the towel to absorb water. (Simple but amazing huh?) If you are the kind of person who likes their towels to dry really well, then you may wish to look into long staple or extra long staple (ELS) cotton. These towels have very long fibres that allow them to absorb a lot of water.



Like they say- the truth is in the details. The tiny details of a towel will determine how long it lasts and how good it looks after a couple years of use. If you want your towels to last a good long time, (and you probably do if you spent money on them) then look for double-stitched hems and piece-dyed finishing. Piece-dyed finishing means that the towel has gone through a finishing process of pre-shrinking and pre-washing. This helps the towel stay both absorbent and durable over time.



What about if you or your family has sensitive or allergy-prone skin? Try choosing eco-friendly, organically grown cotton towels if you worry about such things. These towels are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions than non-organic cotton towels. This is because organically grown towels are made with purer ingredients, which allows them to be milder and gentler on human skin. This can make a big difference for people with extremely sensitive skin.



In the world of towels, size does matter. You will want to make sure that you get the right sized towel for how you intend to use it. Smaller towels dry quicker, so towels that are used several times a day, like hand towels, should be smaller in size. A standard hand towel should measure 50 x 100 cm or close to that. A guest towel, which typically measures 30 x 50 cm, is a tiny, decorative towel great for drying the hands or face. A bath towel that is around 70 x 140 cm in size will be large enough to effectively dry the entire body, but small enough to go through the washer and dryer without costing a fortune on your electric bill. Larger towels, known as bath sheets, are usually 100 x 150 cm or larger and are great for wrapping up your body like a bathrobe. Bath sheets are also useful if you are very tall.



Now we get to the fun part- altering your bathroom’s decor. You may be surprised how something as simple as a towel can drastically alter the appearance and style of your bath! Your towels say a lot about your level of sophistication, your personal tastes and your design concepts. There is no need to be shy when choosing towels. It may not be necessary to choose your towel’s colour based on your bathroom wall’s colours-you can always match the towel’s colour with the other aspects of the bath, like soap dishes, fixtures and cabinets. Experiment with various patterns, colours and styles such as embroidery. Make your bathroom unique by choosing a daring colour scheme! The best part about using towels as part of your bath’s decor is that you can always change the style quickly and easily!


As you can see, there is more to bathroom towels than you may have ever considered before. Don’t underestimate the power of your towels. Choosing the right towel for your situation means finding ones that function well and last a long time for the amount of money you want to spend on them.