Towels come in a variety of sizes and sometimes referred to with different names. Here I will explain the different sizes and what they are most suitable for.
Comes in many sizes. Manufacturers of towels will offer sizing from 24″ x 42″ to 30″ x 56″ and call them bath towels. If you are familiar with towels in Motels, then you have experienced the 24″ x 42″ size. This size is relatively inexpensive, but allows for more pieces to be laundered at the same time. Luxury towels usually come in the upper range size of 30″ x 56″. This size is more expensive, and most likely found in homes which do not require large amounts to be laundered at one time. Look for the size that fits your needs.
These are usually used in the Bathroom, some of the larger ones can find their way into the Spa or Hot Tub areas, especially in Homes.
These are found in the Bathrooms as well as Guest or Half Baths. And depending on your needs, could subsitute for Kitchen towels as well.
Wash Cloths or Face Cloths
Bath Mats or Tub Mats
These pieces are extra thick toweling made to absorb water as you are toweling off after stepping out of the shower or tub. They are usually 20″ x 30″ to 24″ x 36″. The bathroom is most likely the area to use these items, but again, could play a role in the Spa and Hot Tub areas of the home.
Bath Sheets, Beach Towels, or Pool Towels
As the name suggests, these towels are very large. Usually somewhere between 34″ x 60″ to 40″ x 70″. Most solid color towel collections offer this size. But there are also many patterns to choose, especially if you prefer to keep your bath towels separated from your recreational towels.
Fingertip or Guest Towel
These towels are not as readily available as they were a decade ago. These are mostly 11″ x 18″, fringed on both ends. Most found in today’s market are embroidered or embellished of some sort. Around the holidays you will find a larger selectiona. These are for the Bathroom or Guest Bathroom for Guests to use.