Written By: Sarah Rose Humes
Mounting hooks may be small, but their functions are endless. In addition, when used solo, you can install them all around the home in clever places. The ease of installing a simple hook as compared to installing large boards across big sections of the wall is worth mentioning as well.
No matter the square footage of the place you live in, certain touches are needed to make a house a home. Functional hardware is an important factor. Upon entering a building, one needs a place to hang coats, hats and bags. Some homes and businesses offer coat racks for those situations. However, that is not an option for every place. Coat racks can take up precious floor space, and they are cumbersome and easy to tip. Even the wall mounted systems can seem bulky, especially if a minimalist approach is the goal.
There are many pros to mounting hooks on their own. In many older homes, archways are common, especially in entry areas. The archway may only be eight to ten inches across. When you mount a solo hook in that area, the space goes from solely decorative to being a functional bit of charm. It’s a clever place to hang coats, especially for visitors that may be staying just a short while.
It’s also handy to hang solo mounted hooks in other sections of your home so that various items have their own official spot. A mounting hook or two in the kitchen gives your apron or pot holders a place to belong. You save time and energy when you know where things belong. Do not forget the simple trick of mounting hooks for each child in the kitchen. Every morning, pull out a new washcloth for each child. After-meal cleanup for the little ones now becomes a breeze when they have their own hooks and their own washcloths! This works great for bibs as well.
This is a helpful technique for bedrooms. In a child’s bedroom, having one hook for their coat and a separate hook for their backpack helps them stay organized. If a child knows that their backpack belongs on the hook, it will save frantic morning searches for the missing bag. Having spots for items to belong increases the responsibility of the child and teaches them to care for their things. In adult rooms, hang hooks in the back of the closet for off season outerwear. A hook on the back of your bedroom door is a great place for robes.
Having a separate mounting hook for each person in the bathroom makes great hygienic sense. If each family member has their own hook in the bathroom, each person will be held accountable for their towels. Spaced properly, each towel can have the proper room to dry, without touching the others, helping stop the spread of germs.
Hooks are not just for day-to-day living space either. They are functional in a garage for umbrellas, sporting goods, and bags that need stored. Grilling season is made easier when all the grilling tools, often too large to store anywhere else, have their very own hook to hang on until springtime arrives. When mounted hooks are used by themselves, these tiny little tools can help out in really big ways.