How Well Do You Know The Common Towel Sizes?

Last updated on October 3rd, 2022

For laypeople, the word towel conjures up the image of a typical fluffy cloth used for drying after a bath. In reality, however, there are a variety of towels, depending on their size and function. If you are clueless about this classification or unsure about which towel to buy on your next shopping spree, this article can certainly help you.

Primarily, there are five different types of towels: washcloth, hand towel, bath mat, bath towel, and bath sheet. Here’s a look at some major differences between these towels based on size.


The washcloth is an absorbent towel fabric that is a fixture in many bathrooms across the country. Typically square-shaped, its dimensions range between 12 x12 inches and 13 x13 inches. Designed to be used on the face and body, the washcloth is made in such a way that it isn’t harsh on your skin. However, it also has enough texture to remove dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells. That said, washcloths must be washed daily to keep them free from bacteria, as they are used in a humid environment.

Hand Towel

Larger than the washcloth, the function of a hand towel is pretty straightforward: drying your hands after washing. The dimensions of the fabric can vary, but typical hand towels come in sizes of 15×25 inches.

The most important thing to look for in a hand towel is its plushness. If the material is too thin, the towel will not absorb water and remain wet. Hence, ensure your hand towel is thick and fluffy to handle multiple usages throughout the day. As for the design, if plain hand towels seem rather drab, you can go for one featuring decorative edges. You can also opt for brighter colors so that they can brighten the bathroom space.

Bath Mat

A bath mat is an essential element in a bathroom, not just in terms of looks, but also in terms of safety. Most bath mats have a bottom end designed for traction. So when you step on it after taking a long bath in the shower or the tub, you can safely dry off your feet without any fear of slipping.

The standard size for a bath mat is around 20×30 inches, but there are endless variations in shapes, colors and designs. You can go for the typical rectangular or circular bath mat, or get innovative with something more novel.

Bath Towel

A bath towel is a mega version of a washcloth. It is the most common item in all households. With dimensions ranging from 20×40 to 30×58 inches, bath towels are ideal for drying off your entire body in one go, including your face and hair. However, since they are larger than the other towels, it is important to have a towel rack or a hook to hang them on in the bathroom. It is also important to keep them clean and dry, as a larger surface area can lead to more accumulation of bacteria if left unattended. It is recommended to practice towel hygiene by washing them at least once a week.

Bath Sheet

A bath sheet is pretty similar to a bath towel, except for the size. A regular bath sheet can be as big as 40×70 inches, making it very convenient to dry the entire body. It is also made of a thicker material to absorb water more readily and dry off your body faster. Although they are mostly found in hotels and spas, bath sheets can be a fine addition to the regular bathroom, adding a touch of luxury and comfort to your bathing experience.


Now, with a better understanding of various towels and their sizes, you can shop more confidently and get exactly what you want.

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