Hat Storage: Repurposed Take-Out Containers

This weekend I used some Command Adhesive strips to stick round plastic Chinese food take-out containers to the wall.

It worked perfectly.

You’re thinking I’ve really lost it now. And maybe I have . . .  My studio was starting to look pretty good, but then I had to go and stick trash on the wall.

Here’s another peek:  can you guess where I’m going with this?

Why, I was creating hat storage, of course!

Please allow me to explain the thinking that got me to this point.

In the past I hung my hats on little hooks, but was never pleased with that solution. The hats always fell off the hooks.  Upon closer examination of the problem, I determined that a hat really needed a larger round object to sit upon.  Something that they wouldn’t slip off of.   So on Saturday I took a birthday trip to Home Depot, where I found some great round wooden thingies in the section where they sell wooden corners and finials and other bits to finish off stair rails and moldings.  However, the round wooden thingies were about $8 each.

At that point I thought of what I had at home . . . and realized that those round un-recyclable containers that my Hot and Sour soup comes in would be perfect.  And FREE!  And they came with the bonus of saying to Ryan “See, I told you I’d find a use for my stockpile of plastic!”

Sure enough, it worked like a charm.  I cut each Command strip in half, length-wise, and stuck each half on the bottom of a container, then pressed the container to the wall.

Total cost?  about $5 in Command strips.  I don’t think hat displays get any cheaper than that!

And what’s a little more trash on the wall?  After all, the window frame I turned into jewelery storage was a curbside trash pile find.  And you can find an updated white with burlap version here.

PS:  For this, like any other project, a glass of wine is optional, but recommended.  Especially if it’s a Saturday that happens to be your birthday!

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32 thoughts on “Hat Storage: Repurposed Take-Out Containers

  1. Whitney - Fauxshionable

    This is just too clever! I love displaying the hats like art. Also as a side note – my bedroom is that same wall color!

  2. Robin

    As always, you never cease to amaze me Jane! Who would have thought- Chinese food containers?

  3. Mikalah

    I must admit, I was skeptical at first. But, I should have just had a little faith! =) What a great idea! I’m sure it will work perfectly. Also- love the glass of wine in the last pic. Not sure if you staged it or not, but it definitely adds the perfect touch!

  4. kalanicut

    I am impressed. Had no idea where you were going with this. Nice one! Such a great idea. I am constantly trying to figure out what to do with my hats. I forget to wear them because I never see them.


  5. KCatGU

    Not sure where to stick an old comment, feel free to move it …

    I love your blog. I totally dug the Christmas stockings on a branch idea.
    Did you happen to catch the Lexus commercial that showed stockings on a branch,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofJcXZyHShM please feel free to show it to Ryan as
    proof that it was a great idea!


  6. Renee Smith

    I was worried that you were going to close stuff into the containers using their lids… then my jaw hit the floor. I have been grouchy about hat storage at my house forever, now I need to go order some wonton. I may or may not have SHOUTED at my hats yesterday while flustered that it was taking forever to leave for my in-laws’ and the hats kept falling off of my hooks.

  7. Melanie

    Great idea! I love your “woman”cave. lol

    I have plans for turning our formal dining room into a reading room that will totally be my place to hang out. :)

  8. lynzee

    That is freaking awesome. Well played my dear, well played.

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  10. Organizewithsandy

    I am loving this!! What a great idea! I found you on Thrifty Decor Chick. I’d love for you to stop by and link up on my Organizing Mission link party!

  11. Captarlo

    I like the way you think! What a great solution and they look great compared to how they would hang on hooks!

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  13. NieceyNelson

    This is about the most clever thing I’ve seen & am using it for my ever growing collection!

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