I think we all agree: 3M’s Command hooks are awesome. You can stick them anywhere and easily remove them without damaging the wall or having to break out the drill. But they can do a lot more than hang your coats and keys — here are 15 ingenious ways to use them.
The little Command hooks can hide pesky cords on even the thinnest furniture, as these photos from the Hi Sugarplum blog shows. Cassie uses the hooks to disguise lamp cords, but you can do this with any kind of cable or cord. For example, you could stick the hooks at the back of your desk and run cables through them.
Mount a Router to the Wall
Lifehacker reader Guy mounted his router to the wall with a couple of 3M Command hooks. As a result, he has much better Wi-Fi reception in his house.
Hang Headphones on a Monitor
Teacher Kelly mounts headphones on monitors in her classroom, and you can do the same at home. If you don’t care for the look, there are clear Command hooks or you could hang the headphones behind the monitor too.
Hang Curtain Rods
The easy way to put up a curtain rod without poking holes in your wall. This picture is from 3M itself.
Keep Garbage Bags from Slipping into the Can
Attach a hook on either side of the can and keep the garbage bag in place.
Mount Foil and Plastic Wrap
While you’re in the kitchen, stick up some hooks for keeping aluminium foil and plastic wrap within reach. Blogger Anna Moseley uses a different brand of self-adhesive hooks, but you get the idea. If you don’t want them on your wall, they’d fit great on the inside of a cupboard door.
Organise Pot Lids
We saw this simple trick earlier this year. It’s a smart, space-saving idea for storing pot lids.
Hang Hook-Unfriendly Items with a Command Hook and Binder Clip
You can hang anything from these hooks, even if they don’t “hook” onto things well. For example, this trick from The Borrowed Abode blog hangs rubber gloves out of sight but in reach (and hanging to dry) with a command hook and that other indespensible tool, a binder clip.
Attach Scoops to Containers
Hang a measuring cup to the outside of a container for easy access, the A Thousand Word blog shares.
Pinterest user Kelly N Jared Stover says: “I used the small clear 3M Command hooks turned sideways on the inside of my medicine cabinet to store toothbrushes. They fit perfectly!”
Hang a Wreath
Stick a hook upside down on the back of a door for a simple way to hang a wreath on the other side, Jeralyn writes at the Lemonade blog.
Professional organiser Andi Willis posted these tips to hold eyeglasses on your bedside table. If you have a bunch of sunglasses or glasses, you could also hang them on string stretched across two hooks.
Create Tablet Stations
With a few hooks, you can create a tablet station in any (or every) room of your home.
Make a Changeable Artwork Display
Hang skirt hangers from hooks for an art gallery that can easily be switched up, as the Be a Fun Mum blog shares.
Make a Shoe Rack
Finally, if you have a collection of shoes with heels, hang a curtain rod between two hooks and, voila, instant shoe rack, Kayla25 adds at 3M.