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Get Hooked

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Hooks are THE BUSINESS when it comes to getting organised and finding more storage space. If you don’t have a hook in use in every single room of your home, you’re doing something wrong. So, let’s make that right!

What are the different types of hooks?


Adhesive hooks work best on smooth surfaces – think room or cabinet doors. They are less ideal for the walls in Barbadian homes which tend to be predominantly textured trowel plastic surfaces (but on drywall they’ll work just fine). Adhesive hooks will support anywhere from 0.5 lb to 5 pounds. If there are no specifications on the packaging, the size of the hook is usually a reasonable guide on the weight it will store, e.g. smaller hooks with a smaller adhesive backing will hold a light-weight single item.

Multi-Use Self-adhesive Hooks

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Cup hooks

Don't let the name fool you. Cup hooks are way more versatile than just holding mugs and teacups. Usually available in metal or plastic coated with a metal body, cup hooks have been spotted storing jewellry, accessories and utensils. Basically they are perfect for a series of 'thin' things you want to hang. As with adhesive hooks, let the size of the hook guide the weight of the item it will hold up.

Giant Cup Hooks 4 Pk

Cup Hooks in Kitchen

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S hooks

S-hooks are commonly available in metal with the most popular uses to hang utensils or accessories in a closet. S-hooks will usually need to be hung on a rod or towel bar so bear in mind the thickness of these before you buy a hook. S-hooks can potentially consume space but it really depends on the item you plan to hang from the hook and the location of the rod or bar.

Chrome S-hook

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We often hear that suction doesn’t work. Products backed by suction cups and suction hooks are as practical as any type of hook but it depends on two important factors. Firstly, look carefully at the type of surface you are attaching the suction hook to and the weight of items being stored. Smooth surfaces such as tile or mirror or best while larger and closer spaced suction cups will hold heavier items.

Powerlock Suction Hook

Single wall-mount hooks

Some people have hang-ups about putting a hole in the wall or door but that screw hole can be easily camouflaged with filler if you decide to take the hook down. Single hooks can be used in any room of the home, may be available in plastic or metal and tend to have better weight bearing capacity than their adhesive counterparts. Anywhere that items are dumped on the floor will look a lot neater with the addition of a single hook- think clothing you plan to re-wear, garden equipment or even a simple shower loofah.

Coat and Hat Cantilever Hook

Wall-mount hook hanging in closet

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Multiple wall-mount hooks

Wall-mount hooks with multiple prongs are perhaps the most decorative of the hook options. Here is your chance to express your personal style while adding function to your space. From wood to metal to wood and metal combos and plastic, multiple wall-mount hooks will offer all the benefits of a wall hook with times more storage. They are perfect for hanging a series of like items.

Coat and Hat Hook Rail

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Over door hooks

Perhaps the most popular type of hook because they are so simple and easy to use, overdoor hooks are mostly found on bedroom and bathroom doors, but smaller versions have also been recently making an appearance on kitchen and bath cabinet doors. You'll find a lot of variation in materials and also weight capacity- thinner metals and plastic are better suited for light clothing and accessories. One of the more common challenges of overdoor hooks is whether the door will close after it's hung- -due to different hook thickness and door constructions, this is only usually determined by testing the hook in place.

OTD Hanger Hooks Chrome

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What are your favourite uses for hooks around your home?

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