6 Overlooked Places to Hang Hooks in Your Kitchen

updated May 1, 2019
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Hooks come in handy in many kitchens to keep utilitarian things like pots, pans, and utensils right within reach. They can also serve as a decorative element to turn your best-looking cookware and tools into part of the room’s flare.

But a blank wall is not the only place to hang hooks in your kitchen! Just about any surface will do. Try one of these overlooked places to hang hooks in your kitchen.

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1. Along the backsplash

This spot is so convenient — keep things right where you’re cooking! — but it’s often overlooked because it can mean drilling into tricky materials like tile. Just use durable adhesive hooks (like Command Hooks) and you’ll be good to go.

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2. Under cabinets or shelves

Similar idea, slightly different spot: Screw hooks into the undersides of cabinets or shelves to create a zone to hang mugs, utensils, small pots, and more, depending on the amount of clearance space you have.

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3. On the side of your cabinets

This idea is so brilliant — why don’t more people do it? Hang a rod with S-hooks or attach straight-up hooks to the side of your cabinet and you’ll get a bunch of extra storage space for all your bulky utensils.

Read more: The Hiding-in-Plain-Sight Storage Space You’re Not Using

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4. On storage containers

Are you always looking for your measuring spoon when it’s time to dole out oatmeal, or the one-cup measure for flour? Stick it right to the side of the container with an adhesive hook and you’ll save time for sure.

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5. The side of your fridge

Storing your dish towel on your oven or fridge handle is a good way to expose it to lots of germs! Instead, get a magnetic hook and stick it to the side of your fridge for easy (and clean!) textile storage.

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6. On the inside of your cabinet doors

Warning: This hack is not for everyone, as the tools can clang around. (Read: The Supposedly Brilliant Kitchen Hack I Didn’t Love and Immediately Undid.) But. BUT! You can line the door with cork first and the clanging will be more muffled.

Where else have you brilliantly thought to hang hooks in your kitchen?