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Ask the Organizer: How do I store hats when I have no wall space?

by respaced on October 25, 2011

Question: I hate umbrellas and love hats. How can I store the ones I am not using? I have no wall space, and I wouldn’t begin to know where to find a hatbox.

Answer: Hats can be tricky, because depending on the type of hat, they have to be stored without stacking to preserve their shape, which means they can take up a lot of space. But don’t worry if you don’t have wall space. Here are some other ideas for organizing hats. If you have space on the back of the door, you can try a hat organizer like this:

Organize-It ($11.99)

This is great, because it takes advantage of seldom-used space and it stores the hats in as small a space as possible.

Here’s another over-the-door rack that would store your more delicate hats. It’s meant for shoes, but it would work beautifully for hats as well.

Organize-It, ($25.99)

You don’t necessarily need hat boxes, although if you want them you can get them at The Container Store. Square ones will maximize your shelf space. ($4.99)

You can also store hats in see-through plastic bins. Look for the size you need from The Container Store or Rubbermaid.

Where else can you find space to store your hats? Try storing them in a shallow plastic bin under the bed. Store them on the floor in your closet or in a bench with a lift-up seat at the foot of your bed. Or remove a painting from the wall and hang them in a grid pattern for a cool, one-of-a-kind display.

Good luck, and thanks for the question!

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andrea October 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

WOW! Such a fast response with amazing ideas! Thank you!
What do you use to hang them on the wall so it does not hurt the hat? (not baseball style)


respaced October 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Hi Andrea,
Thanks for the compliment! It was a fun post to write. To hang the hats on the wall, use hooks like these:


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