The Cubby: An uncluttered coat hook

Well designed, superior quality, visually appealing, utilitarian goods that make life more organized and less complicated are the types of products I look for when shopping for housewares and office supplies. I try to only have things in my spaces that, as William Morris so aptly identified as his ownership goals, are beautiful and useful. When I no longer feel inspired by an item or find it helpful, I get rid of it.

I recently stumbled upon a Kickstarter project for a simple device that meets all of my qualifications for making life more organized and less complicated. The Cubby makes traditional coat hooks look like they’re not living up to their potential:

Key ring, phone, gloves, sunglasses, and/or wallet fit right inside the pouch, and a purse, scarf, laptop bag, and/or coat on the exterior of the pouch. It’s made with some recycled materials and is fully recyclable. It’s easy to use, attractive in a modern space, and would be perfect for a reception station near the primary entry to your home or office.

Have you come across a better mouse trap? Do you know anyone who is designing or has designed a high-quality, visually appealing, utilitarian good that helps to make life more organized and less complicated? Share your finds in the comments.

And, again, I have no affiliation with this product and am not benefitting in any way from talking about it. I simply think it’s an uncluttered and useful product.

19 Comments for “The Cubby: An uncluttered coat hook”

  1. posted by Shalin on

    Wow. Want. 2. These would be great house/apartment/dwelling-warming gifts…

  2. posted by Greg Chabala on

    Where’s the hook part of the coat hook? It looks like heavy/slippery coats will fall off of this.

  3. posted by Liz on

    @ Greg, I’m thinking the same thing. It seems great for things with straps, but unless the outside is coated in some kind of griping material, coats must slide right off.

  4. posted by Karyn on

    My coats go in my closet on hangers. I could use something like this to organize my tote bags and reusable containers for grocery shopping! Probably won’t work in my current space (or I might be able to use one in my living space for crochet tote and hooks) but I am filing this away for future reference.

  5. posted by Jack H. on

    @Liz & @Greg, Look at the base of each “hook,” they’re angled. The coat/purses *should* slide back towards the wall instead of away.

    Looks like something that could be made with 4 inch PVC pipe, a flange and some small bits of wood. Of course it wouldn’t look as polished.

  6. posted by another Liz on

    It’s a great idea BUT…it’s not in production yet!

  7. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Liz — That’s the point in writing about it, so people can pre-order something that is actually useful. If it doesn’t get funded, it doesn’t get made. All of the products on Kickstarter are that way.

  8. posted by angela on

    would be extra-great if there was a plug as well, so that you can charge your phone and pick it up at the same place.

  9. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Angela — I thought the same thing. Would be easy enough to do, since the design is a mold-injection. Could even probably hack it yourself with a box cutter.

  10. posted by CM on

    Shelves with hooks underneath have been around for a long time, and that way you can access what’s on the shelf without taking your coat/bag off the hook. And I agree that this seems less versatile than a hook for hanging things. It also takes up more room. I guess it might be fine for some spaces, but it doesn’t seem that useful to me.

  11. posted by Kate on

    The table near the exit door makes a nice “loading” spot for the things that must go with me. See, no added expense and there is room enough for all I need.

  12. posted by Kat on

    I saw a similar set up with paint cans. That way you have a hook for a hangar if needed. I think these would be nice for one or two hooks but otherwise there are other options.

  13. posted by Her from there on

    Having served in the military where the only toilet on a caribou (plane) was an angled pipe in the wall, this doesnt appeal to me. Someone’s gotta be a critic, eh? 🙂

  14. posted by Rachel on

    Great functionality but not really that attractive to look at–kind of industrial looking. It might blend well in a very modern living space, but not so much in a more traditional one.

  15. posted by Laurel on

    Actually, such a product DOES already exist! Flip & Tumble makes a hook nook that is virtually identical. . I haven’t tried them but I love their reusable bags…

  16. posted by Karyn on

    @Kate – My apartment has a long, narrow hallway leading into the apartment. While I do have a small table near the entrance, it’s not ideal to have it in such a narrow, cramped space. An on-the-wall solution such as this would work very well for spaces like mine!

  17. posted by Bruce on

    Hello, we are the designers. Thanks for the positive comments, and we can address some of the questions.
    @Greg: There are no problems with large coats slipping off. Between the large surface area and the tilt, coats stay in place. We have had these installed in our entryway for over 5 years with many-many different coats hung on them with no problems.
    @Liz: these are available for pre-sale with Kickstarter. We are well on our way to the funding goals and should deliver in July.
    @Laurel: yes, F&T just came on the market. It is substantially smaller–an iPhone sticks out of the front. It also is more of a storage piece as it does not hold coats and jackets well at all–most slide off. And it mounts to the wall using a second piece, which helps hide the screw, but it does not provide a really tight fit–it wobbles slightly after it is installed.

  18. posted by evaberry on

    This blogger did a similar thing using old tin cans, which she painted and glued black-and-white photos to: (the blog is in Finnish, but you get the idea). A good recycling idea!

  19. posted by Shalin on

    Clever alternative:

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