Do you and/or your family have lots of hats around the house? Are you on hat overload? My son has always loved to wear hats, since he was a baby. As he’s growing into a little boy, he enjoys picking out hats on his own now. Add that to my husband’s ever growing hat pile, and we were bursting at the seams in hats. I installed a wall-mounted hat rack in my husband’s closet, but he never used it and it sat empty. He found that he preferred to grab a hat in the garage, literally on his way out the door. I stored a few of my son’s fancier, photo shoot hats in his closet on hooks on the wall, and that worked pretty well. And then his hat collection kept growing bigger and bigger. Enter my handy-dandy 3M Command Hooks. If you read my blogs, you know I use these things all over the house. I love them! They are a perfect way to display and store your hats in a way that is not permanent, or does not damage your walls.
I decided to do a ‘Wall of Hats,’ sort of like a gallery wall with hats. I chose to set it up in our garage, as that is the most handy, convenient spot for my husband and son to grab their hats on the way out the door. I got in on the action, storing my one lonely hat/visor on the wall (I’m not a hat person at all!).
Create a Hat Wall
I used the 3M Command Hooks (small, clear). I like these hooks because they are big enough, and sturdy enough, to hold the hats, but not so overpowering and noticeable.
For the pattern of hats on the wall, I chose this x-shaped pattern. I did measure all of my distances to be equal, but this x-shape is forgiving, and you don’t have to be super-precise with your measurements. I liked being able to stagger the rows and columns. My son’s hats are on the bottom rows where he can reach them, and my husband’s hats are up high where he can reach them. We had a large portion of our garage wall, next to our coat hooks, that was not being utilized. This hat wall kind of jazzes up the garage too. It looks really cool in there!
To create your hat wall:
- Choose a location that will work for your hat wall. If you wear your hats a lot, choose a spot that is convenient and easy to access, so that you can easily pull hats down to wear. If you prefer to just store your hats, choose a spot where you have some wall space to store them, such as a closet.
- Figure out how many hats you want to hang. This will help you decide where to put them, and which hanging-pattern to use. Our hat collection is constantly growing, so I know we will be adding new hats all the time.
- Choose a method of hanging. You can use some cool, decorative hooks if you really want to jazz up your space. I prefer the inexpensive, versatile 3M Command Hooks, because I like the variety they have, the ease of installation (no drilling or holes in the wall!), and the ability to take them down or move them around if I need to.
- Decide on a pattern for your hat wall. I recommend laying out your pattern on the floor first to see if you like it. Also, measure your layout to make sure it will actually fit on your wall. I chose an x-shaped/staggering pattern, because it is forgiving of measurements, and it allows me to add new hats all the time without messing up the pattern. You can use straight rows & columns. In my son’s closet, I have one straight column down the wall.
Do you have a growing hat collection? Show us your display in the comments!