I’d love to do this – traditional shaker peg board all around every room – but as a renter, it’s not an option. Instead we’ve hacked and hooked all kinds of ways to keep things hanging at our apartment.
1. Clamps as hooks
Assuming you have something to clamp too, these will hold some pretty heavy stuff. This one has been holding a potted plant for over 7 months and hasn’t budged, slipped or fallen at all.
2. Using something long, strong & stiff
…like a tension rod, wooden dowel, or 1″ x 2″ lumber. Securing it across the tops of kitchen cabinets or shelving creates a place to hang objects. We used a tension rod since we had an extra one around. Instead of drilling into the wall where we’d have to remove and repair damage from anchors, we drilled into the tops of the cabinets where no one cares about screw holes.
3. Suction Cup Hooks
We had these packed with our Christmas ornaments. Now they have a permanent home lining our shower stall. Wash cloths, necklaces, hair bands, drying delicates, keeping items away from the kids – these little hooks are so handy.
4. An extra shower curtain rod with extra shower hooks
Our apartment building charges $1.75 per dryer cycle. With 4-8 loads of laundry per week, being able to air dry clothes saves us a lot of money. Tons of extra shower hooks on an extra shower rod, suction cups (and a little fan) turns our bathroom into an excellent drying station.
5. Cable Ties
These come into play when you want to hang something but it isn’t the right size or doesn’t have the right bend to put on a rod. In our bathroom (2 pictures up) the shower caddy is hanging from the tension rod with the help of cable ties.
Our front closet coat rack is held up partially with cable ties too. Check out here, for more apartment hacks using cable ties.
6. Over the door hooks
Nothing original here, but you don’t have to just use them over doors. Remember cable ties if you need to secure them. To build this piping system/towel bar check it out here.
7. When “over the door hooks” don’t work
There wasn’t enough space for over the door hook hangers on the front door to our apartment. Other than a front closet this is the best place for hooks – we had to make it work. With the help of special Ikea hardware and a wooden dowel, we got our front door hook rack.
These Ikea hooks screw in from the top. Use two plus a dowel to create a rod able to hang whatever you need.
8. More shower hooks!
9. Drill into your furniture instead
The walls may be off limits, but you can do whatever you want with your furniture. Drill baby drill!
They make really strong magnets. If you can levitate high speed trains on magnets, surely you can hang a purse or a jacket on one. The picture below is just an example of what you could do. Magnet hooks can be made by buying donuts style magnets with the screw holes already in them, then put in regular cabinet hardware knobs for the hooks. Here are some that hold 30 pounds with the hooks already in them. Turn your steel exterior doors and appliances into useful storage surfaces.
11. Command hooks
Not a hook hack so much as a reminder they exist. If you follow the directions and make sure the surface is clean and dry before putting them up, they will not let you down. Pinterest is full of ideas for using them.
12. Light Switch Hooks
I don’t have these, but I thought they were cool. They sell them on Amazon.