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How to fold towels like in a hotel

Wow your guest with your towel folding skills – find the best tips and tricks here.


towel folding into a swan

Key Steps

To fold towels like in a hotel, follow these key steps:

  1. Make sure towels are clean and completely dry.
  2. Decide on the shape you want to create.
  3. Choose a towel in neutral colours, large enough to fold effectively.

Folding towels for guests is a great way to make your home seem welcoming and organised, and gives that professional touch to your hosting. Here’s how to fold towels in classic simple styles to create a neat linen cupboard and a few fancier options if you really want to impress.

Folding towels is fun, but make sure you get them nice and clean first using good quality detergents like OMO.

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How to fold towels: basic techniques for an organised cupboard

Since Marie Kondo came onto the scene we’ve all become aware of the true pleasure of a well-organised cupboard. While it’s always nice, it's especially important to give your house a tidy look when you have guests staying. You might also want to know how to fold towels to save space.

  • The important thing here is that towels are all folded the same way.
  • To create an organised cupboard, fold each towel into a small square then place on the shelf with the fold outwards so each towel appears as a single layer.
  • This makes it much easier to see how many you have and when you need to do some laundry.
  • Order them according to size and colour.

Fancy towel folding: how to fold a towel into a swan

Towel folding doesn’t have to stop at a classy turn-down. If you want to up your towel-folding game next time a guest comes to stay, why not try folding their towel into a swan and leaving it on their bed for a fun surprise?

  • Lay the towel on a flat surface horizontally.
  • Fold down the top 2 corners inwards.
  • Ensure they meet at the bottom to create a triangle shape.
  • Roll down from the 2 sides of the triangle towards the centre.
  • You should end up with a shape like a paper plane or arrow.
  • Fold up the top so that the point of the arrow becomes the swan’s head.
  • You should now have a swan – consider making 2 and placing them facing each other to make a heart formation.

How to fold guest towels: say it with a heart

If you’ve got newlyweds coming to stay or just want to amp up the romance at home, why not make a dedicated heart shape instead? Here’s how:

  • Lay the towel out on a flat surface.
  • Fold it horizontally until you get one thin layer.
  • Take both ends and fold both over the top of the layer to create a U shape.
  • Twist each side of the U.
  • Fold down the tops of both sides towards each other to make the top of the heart.

Hand towel folding: a few top tips

It’s all well and good knowing these fancy techniques, but there are some important dos and don’ts when it comes to towel folding in general. Always remember these tips:

  • Towels must be clean and dry before folding – never use a damp towel for a sculpture.
  • Neutral colours look the best for swans.
  • A red towel makes a great heart, but other block colours can be fun too.
  • Avoid highly patterned towels if you plan to fold them – it can look too complicated.

Towel folding can be a great way to have fun, especially if you do it with kids. You can also channel your creativity and impress your guests – so give these techniques a try!

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