This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in April 2015.
What’s an entryway without great hooks for jackets?
In addition to adding concealed hat/glove/scarf storage by way of my floating metal cabinet sideboard, I’ve been on the hunt for great wall hooks to maximize functionality in our main entryway. More so than seeking out a hanger/hanging rod storage system, I desired a place of pure convenience – a “grab your coat and go play” spot, a “here’s a hook for your book bag” spot, a “take off that jacket and make yourself at home” spot.
My #1 pick? It’s Shane the Moose from Brooklyn-based Frank Hooks! Frank products are powder-coated steel (read: durable and long lasting), designed to emulate complete lovable animals, and whether you’re a kid or an adult, I think you’ll like them a lot. Shane’s antler points protrude outwards, making them convenient hooks for up to 6 items.
I anchored Shane the Moose into the wall at kid-height, putting screws straight through his eyeballs using two wall anchors rated to hold 51 lbs each.
Friendly tip: Make sure the screws paired with your anchor are narrow enough to fit through your product; #8 screws worked well for this specific product.
To install, level the hook on the wall, and use a pencil to mark where the screws will go.
Follow instructions specific to the anchor you’re using – my anchor required me to predrill 1/4″ holes in the wall. I used a hammer to tap-tap-tap the anchors in place, until they were flush with the drywall.
Use a cordless screw driver to attach the hook to the wall. The heavy-duty anchor I used accordions as you screw into it, to expand itself and lock into the drywall. When the screws are 90% tightened, re-level your hook (you’ll still have a little wiggle room). Tighten the rest of the way.
Now that’s a happy entryway!
If you’re in the market, here’s a list of other hook products I considered. Have fun shopping around!
- Kiel Mead’s another Brooklyn-based designer that I’ve followed for years (his Forget Me Knot ring = a fave). He also manufactures unique driftwood hooks that would look great in any home, treated with a bleach-stain-shellack treatment that makes them one-of-a-kind. (PSST, they’re on sale.)
- Schönbuch manufactures some really contemporary hooks and accessories. I like Hook 1910, Flare, and Circuit (which comes in 3 sizes).
- London-based Thabto designed its plywood JPEG hook to be multi-functional. Think, a merger of clothespin + coat hook + magnets, to help keep your entryway super organized.
- The Cliff Coat Hook by REthinkthings adds a little whimsy.
- MANTOSAURE caught my attention too. A fun statement piece in your home, or in your kid’s bedroom.
- Get crafty and create larger versions of my faceted push pins. If you pre-drill the drywall with a very small bit, you will have no trouble puncturing the nailhead through, making a permanent hook.
- Hand gesture inspired hooks are aplenty (I happen to like them all). Check out Hand Hook by Jo Cope airs a little robotic, Thumbs Up (and other gestures, like OK, Shake, and Wave) by Thelermont Hupton, and thesepaper mache hand hooks using materials bought from the craft store.
- The Five Spot Wall Hook from Aminimal is a modern, creative presentation on roman numerals.