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 kitchenware and dishes 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.
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. Gina of Shabby Creek Cottage found the solution: durable adhesive hooks.
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2. The inside of your cabinets
Just right for oddly shaped doodads like mixer attachments and measuring cups, hooks can put space that would otherwise be wasted to good use. We love how Chelsea, of the blog Two Twenty One, used a mix of individual hooks and little key hooks to set up her cabinet.
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3. 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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4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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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7. On the inside of your cabinet doors
While some people like to use adhesive hooks to hold things like measuring cups and utensils, it's not for everyone because the tools can clang around. (Read: The Supposedly Brilliant Kitchen Hack I Didn't Love and Immediately Undid.) What won't bang against the door when you open it? Pot lids, because they're securely held in place with two or three hooks.
Where else have you brilliantly thought to hang hooks in your kitchen?