How To Choose Wall Hooks

Hanging up your coat instead of chucking it onto anything you bump into is the first game-changing step towards a tidy, clutter-free home! Practical and functional, wall hooks can also become attention-drawing elements in your entryway, living room or wherever the most strategic place is for you.

Hang up your hat and get comfy: we'll show you how to choose wall hooks that match your home and needs.

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What Are the Different Types of Wall Hooks?

Wall hooks come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes, but the first thing that you should figure out is how many you need. Having one for each member of your household is a great start, but you might want to add a few more if you have frequent visitors.

Here's what you can choose from:

  • Single hooks: this isn't just the best option for single professionals, but also for couples of families who want to hang up their hooks on their own terms!

    • Buying multiple single wall hooks allows you more flexibility: for example, you could hang them up in a diagonal line to match your room's layout or at different heights to showcase your creativity;

    • They'll be particularly useful to hang objects in other rooms too, such as a small towel next to the sink;

  • Two or more: usually mounted onto a horizontal rack, these models are best suited for small entryways or corners where space-optimization is key.

Single Wall Mount Hook
Single Metal Wall Hook
Silver Double Wall Mount Hook
Grey Modern Double Wall Hook
Bronze Metal Double Wall Hook
Triple Classic Wall Hook

Traditional wall hooks are the most versatile, but, if you're tight on space, you might want to consider these options:

  • Over-the-door hooks: perfect if you haven't got much wall-room in your entryway, these hooks optimize the space behind your door and can easily be moved around, which makes them ideal if you're currently renting;

  • Coat hooks with shelves: if you need a little extra room to drop your keys, gloves or even just to add some decorative elements, this 2-in-1 solution will allow you to make the most of even the smallest walls.

Over the Door Coat Rack
Single Over the Door Wall Hook
Folding Over the Door Wall Hook
Simple White Over the Door Wall Hook
Over the Door Wall Hook with Shelf
Over the Door Wall Hook with Natural Shelf

What's the Best Material for Wall Hooks?

Even though they're tiny, wall hooks can become eye-catching pieces, especially if that part of the wall is pretty bare: it's only natural to want to consider your room's décor before choosing them, since some materials work better with certain styles!

However, don't forget to go over these practical considerations, too:

  • Wood is a sturdy, traditional but versatile option, while plastic is a cheaper alternative; look for hooks in either of these materials and without any sharp edges (perhaps featuring colorful designs or animal shapes) for your kids' bedroom;

  • If you're planning on hanging heavier items like your everyday bag that's always filled to the brim, metal will be your best choice: the capacity changes from model to model, but some metal hooks can even hold around 50 pounds of weight!

Straight Wooden Wall Hooks
Wooden Multi-Hook Wall Hook
Metal Square Wall Hook Set
Decorative Metal Double Wall Hook
Black Plastic Multi-Hook Wall Hook
3 Piece Plastic Wall Hook Set

What Are the Best Wall Hooks for My Décor Style?

Identify the palette and style of your room in order to choose wall hooks that hit the décor spot:

  • Whether your hooks are against the wall or door, choose a contrasting color to make them stand out;

  • Metal or plastic hooks in your room's accent color will work well in modern settings;

  • Wooden hooks will always convey traditional, warm and cozy vibes;

  • For a minimalist feel, go for bare stand-alone hooks or a small, monochrome and geometric rack;

  • Minimalist hooks made of light wood can also help you create a Scandinavian feel;

  • Darker wood or a combination of different geometric shapes in metal or plastic will complement mid-Century modern rooms;

  • Stick to discolored white wood and particularly harmonious, decorative shapes for a shabby chic décor; coat hooks with little shelves are also a plus;

  • Metal hooks - either on their own or on wooden racks - are key to creating a raw industrial look;

  • Experiment with bright patterns or hooks in the most creative shapes for a bohemian room.

Quick Tips

  • Consider the number of people in your household but don't forget about frequent guests when choosing the right number of wall hooks

  • Single hooks will allow you more flexibility, while racks or over-the-door models can be more space-optimizing;

  • Metal hooks have the highest weight capacity;

  • Consider the palette and décor of your room when choosing wall hooks for it and try and create a light and dark contrast against their designated surface.

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