DIY: Vine Branch Hanging Towel Rack

Dedicated to the reclamation and reuse of materials, German designer Katrin Arens makes one-of-a-kind furniture and objects using what she calls “abused wood” collected from derelict country houses and carpentry studios. Arens lives in a rustic house in Lombardy, Italy, outfitted with her own designs; she sells her pieces via her website and also takes on interior design projects.

Here is a clever (and easily replicated) idea from Katrin Arens: the low-tech Vine Branch and Rope, perfect as a bathroom towel rack and can be easily recreated with a few simple elements.

Above: A simple knot on both ends of the branch affixes the branch to the rope.

Make your own with a salvaged branch, a length of rope, and a couple of hooks.

Above L: Stainless steel Swing Hooks from Sugatsune; $31.50 at Alema Hardware. R: A less expensive option: Koch Forged Shoulder Eye Screws: $7.74 each from Amazon. To see a video on how to install a ceiling hook, go to

Above: Natural Hemp Rope; 50 feet for $24.95 at Amazon.

For more on Katrin Arens, see DIY: Slow Design Katrin Arens Plate Rack.

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Danielle I.
Danielle I.3 years ago

Love this! And all things natural and rustic

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

very interesting, thanks for sharing this

Sisilie B.
Sisilie B.4 years ago

So pretty

Carol Cowbrough
Carol Cowbrough5 years ago

Another good idea.

Ana B.
Ana B.5 years ago

Im sure it could be done for less...buying hardware online from snooty name brand companies that make overpriced hardware for people who rather not get their hands dirty doesn't seem to be in the spirit of this item. The item is beautiful in its simplicity and reminds one of simpler days when life was carefree and each day held a bit more magic and possibility. It reminds me of something very close to the earth. And $25 + shipping for rope, yes it is hemp rope BUT it will travel who knows how long only to travel again from intermediary to amazon then next to consumer if at all...what is the carbon foot print of all this money changing hands. I definitely buy sustainable products whenever possible but there is something to be said for supporting local economies and when does buying green/responsibly become counter productive- when items travel too long to get to us? When we slave at jobs we hate just to buy over priced ecologically sound products so we can run home (exhausted I might add) and make something natural that is created from the most unnatural process? The branch is a great idea...Freecycle is a great source to find free items...and I don't think it would hurt to visit the hardware store and just look around to see what fits in your budget. You will find something that works and won't need to buy so much extra you don't need. Be well.

Elle E.
Elle g.5 years ago

Love it.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.5 years ago

My husband made one big one and we use it as a room divider, so cool and natural, besides cheap.