Reader question: Hat storage

Unclutterer reader Kim wrote in with this question:

I have 120 women’s dress hats, some with wide brims. Right now, I store them in boxes. Too many boxes. I would like another way to store them so them remain intact. They are expensive. I already have some stored on the shelf in my closet.

This is a great question Kim. As with all organizing projects, we start with sorting and purging. Are there any hats you can get rid of? If yes, this would be the time. However, we’re going to assume that you curated your collection before you wrote to us and you have 120 women’s dress hats that you love and want to keep.

First of all, it is important to store hats correctly as they are shaped in a certain way to fit properly on your head. Bending, folding, or improperly hanging or storing a hat can ruin it.

On the Houzz website, Ben Goorin, of Goorin Bros., suggested storing hats upside down because the crown is stiffer and stronger than the brim. Alternatively, you could raise the hat up so it is not resting on the brim by making a big ball of tissue paper and setting the hat on that instead.

Most websites we researched indicate the best way to store a hat is inside a hat box in your closet out of direct light. If you have vintage hats, you may wish to consider using an archival quality storage box and acid-free tissue paper for storage. You can take a photograph of the hat and attach it to the outside of the box. This will allow you to quickly determine which hat is stored in which box.

Multiple hats could be stored inside the same box as long as you stack hats of lightweight fabrics (straw, linen, cotton) on the top and hats of heavier fabrics (wool, leather, angora) on the bottom. (See Goorin Hat Care Tips for great info on cleaning and removing stains from hats.)

Square boxes are easier to pack into a closet than round boxes because you can maximize space by stacking. Storing the hats in round decorative boxes can be a design element in a room.

For frequently worn hats, a hat rack with round supports may be useful. You should avoid hat racks and hooks with pointy ends as they can deform the hat quickly.

Finally, consider storing off-season hats off-site. If you have the space in your basement or attic, you could keep some hats there providing they are in sealed containers to protect them from damage due to moisture and pests.

Thanks for your great question Kim. We hope that this post gives you the information you’re looking for.

 

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4 Comments for “Reader question: Hat storage”

  1. posted by Rick Lobrecht on

    For baseball caps, I have two racks from The Container Store which hang on the back of our closet door. The caps are folded and clipped onto a specially designed hook. https://www.containerstore.com/s/perfectcurve-caprack/d?productId=10000138&q=baseball

  2. posted by Kerrie on

    Inspired by a Pinterest post, I hung my small collection of hats on nails on a wall so the hats when not worn are wall decor

  3. posted by Her from There on

    My son has a lot of hats. Nothing special, just things he loves. He is also very visual, so I got a heap of those ‘stick-on pull-off’ hooks, and placed them all over his wall far enough apart so each hat can be seen. He loves it, and he knows where to hang whatever today’s fave hat was when he comes home. I see it as an art installation! Every day looks different at his ‘wall of hats’.

  4. posted by Matt on

    I also have one of the hat racks Rick mentioned and I agree that it works very well.

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