Easy Hat Rack

Happy Hump Day!  We’re trucking along with some more fun closet tutorials today and this one is never-before-seen. Sounds super exciting and special, right?  For some reason, Mike had lots of energy last night {maybe due to the fact that he had the morning off and laid in bed until 11:00.  Yes, he’s 30 years old and was in bed til 11 on a Tuesday.  I’m not sure if I should be jealous or horrified}, and decided to add a little hat rack to the closet.  I was lounging on the couch with this beauty

and let him work away:)  Since I was in no way involved in this whole project, I’ll let him take it from here.

Now that we have a new closet, new rules apply. Our old style of jamming things in wherever they would fit is now a thing of the past. Happy to say its been 2 days and the closet is still tidy. We’ll take it a day at a time though. One downside about not cramming things in the closet is that now everything has to have a place. With all of the boxes and rods, everything now does have a place. Well….almost everything. I have some hats that I wear on occasion that I would throw around the closet when I was done with them. Apparently, that is no longer allowed. I had to think of another option or else they would be stored in the garage or something.

There are hat holders that you can hang on the wall or the back of your door that hold as many hats as you want. It wouldn’t be our style to just go out and buy something though, so I got an idea.

Disclaimer:  The hat on the top of the rack is the bane of my existence.  I’ve secretly tried to “lose it,” but failed miserably.  He finds it every time.  He loves that dirty thing so much, he snuck it into our {casual attire} engagement pictures a few years ago.

And I love him so much that I let him do it:)  Ok, group “awww.”  Alright, back to Mike and the hat rack.

We had some left over MDF that we used to trim the window that I thought would work to hold my hats. I measured out how much room was needed to space the hats out and put some screws in the MDF.

It didn’t really have to be pretty because the hats hide the screws and are wider than the board.  I drilled the screws half way into the wood…

And then found a stud and attached the whole rack to the wall with a screw at the top.

The whole project took about 3 minutes and was up on the wall behind the door.

We have the closet door open 99% of the time anyway, so they won’t be seen until its time to get my hat. This was by far the easiest part of the closet renovation that is still very functional.

He did a great job.  An extra little organizer that wasn’t a planned part of the closet reno that will keep everything neat and clutter-free.  Best part…it was free!  So what do you think?  Do you like the hidden, functional organizer?  More importantly, would you let your husband wear a grubby hat in your engagement pictures?  Any tips on how to make it “accidentally” disappear?

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  1. What a perfectly simple and functional idea. I hear you about that hat on the top, sounds like you guys are a threesome. ;) We do what we gotta do for the men we love. :)
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  2. It’s very nice. You could even dress the holders up by using knobs for cabinets. Really great inspiration.

  3. That is such a great idea! My man has some pretty terrible hats too. Good job.

  4. My mother-in-law hated one of my father-in-law’s shirts, so she just ‘accidentally’ took it to Goodwill. haha.

  5. “Accidentally” spill a “little” bleach on his hat while going to “wash” it :) Great hat rack idea. I’m doing this for my hubby too. But, for about 40 hats. Ugh. :(

  6. Easy and functional. Love it. My hubby *HAD* a beloved, grubby hat until about a week ago, when the adjustment buckle on the back broke. What a shame. ;-) if it’s Velcro, you’re out of luck, but if it has a mechanism, they don’t last forever…just sayin’. LOL

  7. I really like the idea. Right now I have the clips on the back of the door which is ok, but it’s a b with an itch to get some hats in. So I like you’d much better but I will have to find some kind of clip of sorts that’s easier to put hats on since everyone one of my hats are fitted. So if you take one off they would all fall I bet.

    On your husbands hat I would try to find him a looks like or a exact replacement of it for going out. I bet he has so many good time he can relate to while wearing that thing. It could even be that he had met you in or its lucky hat. Or whatever, if it’s not that then there’s so many other hats.

  8. I don’t understand why women want “lose” their husbands’ stuff. Let him wear it till its gone! If my hats were caps this is a good simple design, I have at least one ‘Cowboy hat so it won’t work for me.


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