A towel size chart is an essential tool helping us decide what towels to buy for our homes and even our hotels. When you want to refresh your towel stock, you may stumble upon various towel names, imperial measurements, metric measurements, and all sorts of details that make online shopping a bit confusing. To clear things up, we will offer you the ultimate towel size chart and explanations so you can get the best towels for your needs!

The Ultimate Towel Size Chart

We will discuss the most popular of towels, their sizes, and their uses.

1. Washcloth

The smallest item in the family of towels. You can buy them in washcloth sets, separately, or in full towel sets containing one piece of each towel family member.

  • Size: 13x13 inches (sometimes 12x12 inches) = around 30x30 centimeters;
  • Shape: square;

Uses: Being a face towel, this small cloth finds its way in any bathroom to dry your face; you can also use it to wash your body in the shower. However, given its small size, you won’t use it to dry your body. It completes a towel set in a bathroom or hotel room and works great for kids to dry their hands or faces. Sometimes, people use them in the kitchen as well instead of kitchen towels to dry dishes or wipe their hands when cooking.

2. Fingertip Towel

A bit larger than the washcloth, the fingertip towel is not as popular. However, you can find it in many homes – usually for guests – in hotel rooms, in kids’ bathrooms or the kitchen.

  • Size: 11x18 inches = around 28x46 centimeters;
  • Shape: Rectangular;

Uses: This is a very pretty little towel you can put in the bathroom for guests to dry their hands; it also works nicely to complete a full-on-display towel set in the bathroom or hotel powder room. They are easy to hang, fold or roll for display and have a significant decorative purpose. Small kids will use fingertip towels easier than standard hand towels, so they make a nice addition to the kids’ bathrooms as well. Sometimes, you will find them in kitchens instead of kitchen towels to dry dishes or your hands.

3. Hand Towel

One of the most versatile towels of the family, hand towels can sport different standard sizes. We use cotton hand towels daily to dry our hands, but people usually use them to dry their faces as well. Often you will find them in the kitchen area – also for hands drying. They play a beautiful decorative role in the bathroom, coming in sets or full towel sets for hotel rooms and designer bathrooms. As we said, their size might vary a little, but it is unlikely the difference will bother you. However, if you choose the larger types, you will have more room for drying. Moreover, the larger ones offer better display options.

  • Size: 18x26 inches = around 45x65 centimeters (you may also find 15x25 inches or 18x30 inches face towels);
  • Shape: Rectangular;

Uses: As the name implies, we use these towels for drying our hands. However, using them for our faces is a regular practice in our homes. These are the go-to towels in any home or hotel bathroom, and kids use them as well in their bathrooms instead of other types of towels.

Given their size, you can roll them, fold them, and display them any way you want. You can buy them alone or by the sets. However, keep in mind that they take quite a beating on an everyday basis, so make sure you buy high-quality fabrics that are resilient to wear, tear, and humidity.

Not so long ago, we offered you our ultimate guide on cleaning white towels. No matter if you use white or colored hand towels, you should know you have to employ specific maintenance strategies, as these towels are vulnerable to wear, tear, mold, and bacteria. Many people also use the hand's towels to dry their hair.

4. Bath Towel

Going up on the size chart, we find the bath towel, probably the most popular, versatile, and ubiquitous of all towels in the family. While some measurements may vary, the bath towel is that one item we all have in the bathroom to dry our bodies after a shower or a bath. They are quite large and able to wrap our bodies or become a cocoon of heavenly softness for small children.

  • Size: 28x55 inches = about 70x140 centimeters; you can also find 20x40 inches or 30x58 inches bath towels; the ones on the larger end of the spectrum work better for larger adults, while the ones on the smaller end of the spectrum work well with children and slim adults.
  • Shape: Rectangular;

Uses: Besides drying your body and wrapping your body in a layer of soft comfort, the bath towel – the smaller ones – can also dry and hold your long hair after a shower or a bath. People use them at the pool or the beach to dry their bodies and wrap themselves in them.

You will find them in hotels and spas, luxury resorts, and all households. These towels need to absorb water, dry fast, be resilient to wear, tear, humidity, and mildew. For this reason, you should look for Turkish cotton bath towels.

Moreover, if you use them for kids, read our guide on how to clean and maintain baby bath towels to keep kids

5. Bath Sheet

The largest member of the towel family, the bath sheet is an oversized bath towel. You can have one or two at home, but you will find luxurious bath sheets in spas, luxury resorts, five stars hotels, pools, and so on. Since they are large, you can use them to cover your entire body, for a more luxurious post-shower or post-swim experience. They also feature some size variations, but they are not significant enough to change the way you feel.

  • Size: 39x59 inches = about 100x150 centimeters; you can also find 35x60 inches or 40x70 inches (the largest type on the scale);
  • Shape: Rectangular;

Uses: The size offer these superb bath sheets a luxurious and self-pampering feel to them; you can use them after a bath, a swimming session, or on the beach. Some use them as travel blankets during flights. They make incredible spa towels – used to cover massage tables. You can use them at the spa as well. Some even use them instead of beach towels as well, given their high level of absorbency.


We hope you found our towel size chart useful and comprehensive. Of course, you will discover non-standard towels in some shops (we like the large square ones to use as cover in the summer and or the new round ones for the beach). Also, we recommend you check out bath wraps collections as well, as these towels are the stuff of luxury dreams.

Remember that no matter what towel sizes you favor most all your towels have to be of impeccable quality, mild and safe for your skin, and available in fabulous fabrics.