POLL: Paper Towels - Standing or Hanging?

Emily HurleyNovember 5, 2013
How do you handle the paper towels in your kitchen? Are they hung under the cabinet to save space or are they on a counter top dispenser or perhaps on a built in dispenser under your counter?

Tell us! (Photos encouraged)
Under the counter
Under the upper cabinets
Standing on the counter Kitchen Remodel
Other - Tell us!
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Interiors by Design, Terri Marcus, ASID, RID
I mount mine on a holder on the inside of cabinet door under sink. Completely out of site, much nicer look
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condomary
That 3rd pic with the paper roll under the counter looks like a great idea, except for maybe dripping on the floor when you grab it with wet hands. Have to say I haven't seen that before. My roll has to be on the counter to be close to the sink. I have no upper cabinets over the sink to attach to as I have a pass through.
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Mark
I keep my paper towels in my cupboard and out of view. It's not that I dislike the look of having them on the counter it's because I go through them too quickly if they are too handy to get at.
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Alison
Ours are just on the counter at home. On our boat there's a built-in roll thing hanging above the sink, which I definitely prefer.
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chookchook2
I'm going to put out a book on microwaving with paper plates and paper towels. Seriously, I'm really good at it . Doesn't work with soup.
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chookchook2
Really going to bed this time Emily.
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Teresa S-j
I have an odd kitchen with little counter space and not enough clearance between the cabinets and countertop, so for now, ours is on a stand on a table.
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zmhome
Other: no paper towels!
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lucyhomedecor
On the kitchen counter. I use them all the time.
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studio10001
I don't use them, but do like microfibers cloths, and store those under the sink.
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Kaplan Architects, AIA
We keep them in the pantry cabinet.
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Barnhart Gallery
Tall brass and copper canister on countertop covers entire roll except for edge to grab. Would coordinate perfectly with the brass and copper pendant lights in your example photo.
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sunnydrew
I had them on the counter for 10 years. Just re-did my counters and now the roll is mounted under the sink where it belonged.
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Comwest Construction
You can install them under the kitchen sink cabinet or up on the counter works.
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Shak├║ff
Liked the cool undercounter install!
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Emily Hurley
Mine sits right on the counter next to my sink.
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Nicole Lee
standing next to the sink! its the most convenient!
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bungalowmo
Lucyhomedecor...LOVE your copper backsplash! Yummy!!

For my paper towel...it's sitting on top of the radiator in the kitchen. Lays between the fins nicely! :0)
    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 3:01PM
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happyasaclam
DH bought a stainless steel standing holder and I thought he nuts. Now I applaud his genius!
    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 3:17PM
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touchadream
I read about a drawer which feeds them through a slot. I want one of those.
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happyasaclam
My MIL has them mounted the way Interiors By Design does. But then she is short and doesn't have far to bend to reach them. I'm tall and find her choice very inconvenient! LOL!!!! Wherever we each choose to put them is the right place!
    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 3:23PM
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chookchook2
Nicole lee I'm afraid I do not find standing near the sink is at all convenient. Next you'll say you're barefoot. Also why do manufacturers tell us to stand up for x minutes after heating something up?
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chookchook2
Unbleached paper towel with food on it can go in the compost.
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bluenan
I have a tall antique stoneware crock that perfectly fits a large roll of paper towels, white only, never a pattern! They are out and easy to get to but disguised.
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Depo SD
I keep them in a cabinet next to the sink. I rarely use them. I like microfiber cloths and bar mops instead.
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kimdee24
Standing. On the same chrome stand thing I bought at IKEA a thousand years ago. It's nice because I can move it where I need it. But I try not to use too many paper towels.

@Depo SD - LOVE bar mops and microfibre towels.
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Norwood Architects
Either, depends on the amount of room you have.
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edithsmom
We have little counter space and for a year,I had the towels next to the sink, but now they are mounted under the upper cabinet...hate the look and we are using more. I think the next step is to remove the towel holder and go to microfiber cloths as others have mentioned.
    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 6:55PM
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mjbibby
I quit using them a year or more ago. I get along fine with microfiber cloths and rags.
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Joyce
On top of the counter for easy access. We tried the under the kitchen sink thing but always bumping someone out of the way to get to the paper towels. I have limited counter space in my kitchen but the paper towel holder is a weighted marble and takes up little space on the counter next to the sink. We use a lot of paper towels, as commented by others, so I wonder if microfiber cloths are the way to go for us. With 14 family members coming for Christmas this year I requested they bring what else................paper towels!
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Grant Ezell
Mounted in the cabinet above the microwave. There is always unused space above your spices.
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bjens
Ours are attached vertically with a holder to the side of the frig. Main thing is to keep them in the same place so my little spillers can clean up after themselves!
    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 12:53PM
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LB Interiors
Voted Other ... than options above. When my kids were young, I didn't want them to use the paper towels for small things and throw out. I didn't want to waste them. I designed the kitchen for a space to hang on the inside of the pantry door, out of sight and up high. I only use them for windows, glass, mirrors and very bad messy ugly spills.
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benniec4s
What is UP with the 'Roll" of paper towels, anyhow! I would love to see paper towels dispensed one-at-a-time like tissues are dispensed from a tissue box. it could be stationery or moved around your area at will... this could be mounted vertically or horizontally anywhere. or sitting on the counter or a shelf - even installed behind cabinet just under the sink...with only the 'slit' showing and the towel protruding enough to be grasped by user - what is up with the 'Roll" anyhow??? TIME to reinvent the paper towel!
OR...consider some adaption of the motion-sensitive dispenser found in public rest rooms..you could even 'hit' it with an elbow or wrist if your hands are drippy.

It would be practical to routinely eep paper towels (also) in the bath area. This would be greener than laundering hand towels and washcloths all the tine.
    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:16AM
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momof5x
I have the standing on the counter one that way I can move it around if need be.
    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:26AM
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yoboseiyo
i have them on the counter in a holder.
    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Dytecture
Under upper cabinets in every kitchen I lived in.
    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:47AM
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sdtjl1010
Under the upper cabinets. It works for me.
    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 12:12PM
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Amani Omari
I prefer both ways where i like my towels hanging dear the sink to quickly dry my hands or grab it to dry the dishes .. and kitchen paper rolls on the counter for easy access as im working around in the kitchen both must be accessible for me.
    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 10:17PM
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anneadam
Under the sink - my kitchen can be seen from the living room and who wants to see paper towels?
    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 3:46AM
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ducks43
I keep mine on a roller attached to the inside the pantry door. Out of sight, and handy to use.
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Railroadware
At Railroadware we and our guests prefer the countertop. The Rail Anchor TP Dispenser can be moved around too making it more user friendly.
    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 5:09AM
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patatas
I'm another "other" - I find I do want a roll of paper towels so there's one around for certain messy jobs, but in order not to overuse them, I think it's better to keep that roll where it's not too handy!

Now I'm going to look for the "what would you add to your kitchen" post, because this reminded me that one thing I never see accounted for is a basket for used rags and towels!
    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 7:46AM
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Studio M Interior Design
I say under the cabinets, hanging. Out of sight, but there when u need them :)
    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 8:55AM
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