How to Fold a Towel.


Fluffy white folded towel on a gold florentine table beside a clawfoot bathrub.


I have nothing enlightening, intriguing or interesting to say about towels.   Nothing.  I’ve gotttttttt nothin’.

I know this because I’ve sat here staring at my computer screen for about an hour trying to think of a story about a towel.  I do not have one.  I have the same basic memories of towels everyone else has.  They’re nice when they come out of the dryer, they’re great for drying yourself off with and they make an excellent sling for carrying around a mountain goat in a pinch.

So, as I said, I have nothing new to add to the virtues of towels.

I do however, have for you a video on how to fold a towel.    Properly.

How to Fold a Towel


How to fold a towel like they do in hotels. ‘Cause stuff like this is super important. I hope to one day do a video that will teach you how to make ice. Or boil water.  Or some other manner of complicated household tasks that seems to elude us all.

Speaking of which.  Need to know how to open a package of spaghetti? 


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  1. Melanie says:

    OMG thank you for posting this! My husband mocks me and tells me that I am OCD for folding all towels this way…even my face cloths! Now I have videographic (word?) evidence!

    • Karen says:

      Melanie – My pleasure. We OCDers need to stick together. (yeah … you’re probably OCD … that’s a good thing, so don’t worry about it). I used to have a sound recordist with the last name Teixeira! He was very nice and never tried to touch my boobs when putting on the mic. ~ karen

  2. Yeah, It’s a bit late but you missed an important off label use for towels: weapon. Ya know, shnap! shanap! SNAP!
    Can’t wait for the fitted sheet tutorial. Mostly as a curiosity. I don’t care if they are wrinkled, as long as they are clean.

  3. Denise Leavens says:

    Towels, shmowels.

    THE TUB is spectacular! I love the black outside, white inside and gold fixtures. Even more I love the idea that it is a nice, relaxing tub to soak in while reading a good book or magazine, surrounded by candlelight and Vivaldi playing softly. The towel can be folded once more leaving room on the table for a glass of wine. Yeah. I’m there. You can have it back in an hour or two.

  4. Veronica says:

    I am also putting in my request for a fitted sheet tutorial. It’s haaaaard.

  5. Forget the towel! I have to know–is the table in the first picture yours? I have an exact match. Found under a huge tarp in the yard of a “trading post” outside Nashville.

    • Karen says:

      Beverly – Yup. That’s my actual towel on my actual table in my actual bathroom. I believe I got mine at a garage sale, if I remember correctly. Mine are plastic. My sister has the same Florentine ones that are wood. Much nicer. :) ~ karen

  6. you are funny and just adorable!

  7. Susan says:

    You are so much fun to watch — do tutorials on anything, say sweeping, and I’m in! Actually, could you please do one on sweeping floors while living with two very hairy dogs? That’d be awesome. Such a lonely job, not to mention seemingly pointless.

  8. Kristen says:

    This was great! I only started folding my towels this way recently, and it really does make them look so much better!

    Now, if you can do a video on how to properly fold a fitted sheet, I will be FOREVER grateful – I can never get mine to look like anything other than a messy pile of fabric.

    • Kristen says:

      And I just noticed I’m not the only one asking for the fitted sheet tutorial – apparently there is a high demand!

      • Karen says:

        Kristen – I cannot even begin to tell you how many people have asked me to do a fitted sheet tutorial. I keep putting it off for some reason. In the next few weeks. I promise! ~ karen

  9. Amy in StL says:

    I loved this! I fold my towels in a higgeldy-piggeldy fashion; some are lengthwise first, some not, the edges rarely line up. I also use this method for placing them in the linen closet. I use fabric softener recklessly; I love the scent and have yet to have one not pick up water (except for that cheap dollar store one my ex bought). I prefer to think of myself as a housekeeping rebel. My niece likes to tell me how messy my house is; this only encourages me for I have no OCD tendencies.

  10. Shauna says:

    Oh, my Mother was so good to me. I totally know how to properly fold a fitted sheet and love to teach people – silly I know. My husband thinks I’m nuts. To do it just right, you’ll need two people, but it can be done on your own. I fear I would take up way too much space trying to explain it in Karen’s comment box, so maybe I too should get around to doing a video;)

  11. Kate S. says:

    Glad to see that your “perfect” towel method is the same as mine. I’ve had to resort to threats and gouging out a few eyes in the past over other controversial “perfect” towel folding methods.

    On a related note, my husband still can’t figure out this simple fold even after seven years of marriage. I’ll have to send him your video.

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