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Bath Linen 101

Dress up your T&B with these wet-area-friendly fabrics


We're all familiar with hand towels and bath towels. But you don't have to stop with these essentials! Here are other must-have fabrics that you may add to your bathroom to give it an instant upgrade.

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Types of Bath Linen

Bath Towel

Bath Towels come in varying sizes, ranging from 24”x42” to 30”x 56”. Designer Vera Villarosa shares that some of the good quality cotton that you may consider are Egyptian Cotton and Supima because of their high absorbency, durability, and silky piles. Luxurious kinds come in bigger sizes but keep in mind your needs to help you choose the right type. 

Face Cloth

Also known as washcloths, these often come in 12”x12” or 13”x13” and are used to wash the face and small areas of the body. Face cloths are usually arranged on a tray in powder rooms or bathrooms. 

Hand Towels

Hand towels are bigger than face cloths but smaller than bath towels. They are often used for half baths and can also work as kitchen towels when a more absorbent towel is needed. 

Bath Mats

These are made of extra thick floor towels meant to absorb water after stepping out of the shower. Some mats come with vinyl or rubber bottoms for a non-slip feature. These mats are recommended for households with kids and the elderly. 


Popular fabrics used for bathrobes include cotton (most common for its affordability and absorbent quality), microfiber (fine synthetic fiber that’s soft to the touch and mimics natural fibers), and silk (lustrous fiber of premium quality). 


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