How Large Should the Monograms on Towels Be?

A standard towel monogram features five-inch letters.

Five Inches is Standard

According to the luxury goods website Bella Lino, the standard size for letters in bath towel monograms is five inches. The monogram appears centered at the bottom of the towel and rests either four inches above the bottom edge or 1 1/2 inches above the towel's dobby. The etiquette website Gracious Style notes that a standard towel monogram features the first letter of the last name.

It Depends on the Number of Letters

Gracious Style points out that some towel owners prefer to use three letters to represent their first, middle and last names. Some married couples also prefer to monogram each spouse's initials on their respective towels. Because the number of letters in a monogram may vary, and because three five-inch letters may overpower the simplicity of the towel, the etiquette website What Would Jackie Do? suggests that letters in towel monograms may be as small as four inches.

Bottom Line

If you prefer just a single letter, go with a 5-inch height. However, three letters of that size would overpower a towel, so stick with 4-inch letters if you opt for monograms with multiple initials.

About the Author

Keith Evans has been writing professionally since 1994 and now works from his office outside of Orlando. He has written for various print and online publications and wrote the book, "Appearances: The Art of Class." Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Rollins College and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in strategic leadership from Andrew Jackson University.