19 Unique Items To Repurpose As Stylish Wall Hooks Around The House

If you're looking for a way to make your home more organized, you're not alone. According to a study commissioned by mDesign and conducted by OnePoll, 63% of respondents stated that they wanted to better organize and tidy up their spaces. Decluttering obviously plays a major role in ensuring everything you own has its own place, but once you've cut back on unnecessary items, it's still important to find locations to store what you have left. In smaller spaces, this often means capitalizing on all of the room you have available — even the vertical space on your walls.

Wall hooks are an absolute organizational essential, especially in entryways and bathrooms. However, the options available to buy can get a bit boring, especially if you're shopping on a budget. Luckily, it's really not that difficult to make your own. Wall hooks can be made out of just about anything as long as you install them properly to ensure they can hold weight without damaging your walls, so there's no reason you should have to stick with simple hooks if they're not your style. With these 19 ideas, you can take items you might already have in your house and transform them into functional pieces that better align with your own personal style. Upcycling old items to save money while creating a new organizational piece? Now that's what we call a win-win.

1. Doorknobs

Vintage doorknobs often come in stunning, unique, and highly-intricate designs, but their beauty often doesn't align with their level of functionality. Just like pretty much everything else in the home, after decades of use, doorknobs and locks will often wear out. While it might be a bit sad to part with them in favor of a more modern design, you can make the most of the situation by turning them into wall hooks. Simply screw them directly into the wall or onto a piece of wood and you'll be able to extend their life even after they're no longer fit for their intended use.

2. Silverware

Vintage silverware is fairly easy to come by when shopping secondhand, but it's not always the most practical to use in your day-to-day life. If you're on the hunt for an alternative use for gorgeous cutlery, you're in luck. With a pair of pliers, a drill, and a couple of screws, you can transform spoons, forks, and knives into hooks to hang whatever your heart desires, from pots and pans in the kitchen to keys and hats in the entryway. Simply drill two holes into your silverware, attach it to a board, and bend the handle upwards using your pliers to create a hook shape.

3. Pipes

Industrial décor is all about incorporating raw, utilitarian materials into your designs, and as a result, it's one of the easiest styles to recreate with upcycled pieces. To make your own industrial wall hooks, all you'll need are some elbow fittings, flanges, and small straight pieces of pipe to connect the two. Attach your elbow fitting to the flange with the straight piece to create a hook shape, then screw the flange into your wall or into a piece of wood. If you're not a fan of the hollow look on the end, you can also easily add on some iron caps to finish off your hooks.

4. Tree branches

Rustic décor focuses on bringing the outdoors in, and there's no more literal way to do that than by incorporating sticks into your interior design. This coat rack made out of sticks is a great way to bring more natural accents into your home, and it's also incredibly easy to make yourself. First, of course, you need to harvest your wood. Keep an eye out for sticks with splits that are still in good condition, then cut them down to size. You can hang them directly on the wall if you like that look or surround them in a frame for a slightly more polished finish.

5. Railway spikes

Railway spikes are a fairly common inclusion in both industrial and rustic design schemes, but you might find yourself at a loss on how to use them once you finally have a couple in your possession. If that's the case, turn them into wall hooks. Because they're obviously designed for heavy-duty use, railroad spikes can withstand quite a bit of weight when used as wall hangers. Drive them directly into a piece of wood for a simple coat rack, or bend them, drill two holes through the spiked end, and attach them to the wall to create a more traditional hook shape.

6. Antlers

Antlers might not be a household essential for everyone, but if you or one of the members of your family hunts, you likely have at least one set hanging around. If you're tired of these antlers simply taking up space as a decoration, consider transitioning them into something more functional. With the correct placement on the wall, these sturdy pieces of bone can easily be used to hold your belongings. It might seem like a bit of an outlandish idea, but it can bring a dose of interest to the rooms in your home where you're willing to lean more rustic, like in a den or home office.

7. Wine corks

There are plenty of different ways to repurpose wine corks around the house, but one of the simplest involves turning them into wall hooks. Because they're fairly easy to drill and cut through, all you need to do to pull off this DIY is attach a screw to one end of the cork, add a bit of glue to ensure everything stays in place, then secure it on your wall. For a bit more of a polished look — or one that's just easier to move — you can also secure your corks to a wood backing and hang the entire piece on the wall.

8. Outdoor faucet handles

If you like the idea of using a doorknob or cabinet pull as a wall hook but you want something that's a bit more unique, consider using outdoor faucet handles. These handles are designed to stand up to the elements, often come in bright colors that will add a pop of interest to your space, and feature textured details that make them easier to grip onto, even if your hands are wet. All of these characteristics make them perfect for their primary use, but they also ensure that they're a solid choice to act as a wall hook for all of your essential items.

9. Plastic animal toys

If your main gripe when it comes to store-bought wall hooks is that they're boring, this idea is for you. Grab a handful of plastic animal toys — anything from dinosaurs to unicorns is fair game, so long as they can hold onto items — and cut them in half. Give them a coat of paint and then attach them with heavy-duty glue to a piece of wood. This project is great for bringing some fun to a child's bedroom or playroom, but it can do just as well in any other room in the house if you're a fan of quirky accents.

10. Vintage spool

Modern spools are typically made of cardboard or plastic, but if you can get your hands on a vintage wooden spool, it can make a fantastic base for a wall hook. The height of the spool will ensure it juts out from the wall enough to hold onto your favorite items, and the flat edges on the end will guarantee your bag handles won't slip off and fall on the ground. To attach it to the wall, either install a peg that the spool can slip over or drill a few holes into one of the bottom edges and screw it directly into the wall.

11. Garden rakes

If your garden tools are looking a little worse for wear after a few years of consistent use but you're not quite ready to scrap them entirely, consider using them as wall hooks. A lot of garden tools already have holes in the handle that can act as a place to secure them to your wall, and the tines found on hand rakes can act as individual hooks to allow you to hold multiple items at once. The final result can fit in just about anywhere, but they would make for a particularly-appropriate piece of décor in the garage or mudroom.

12. Drawer pulls

Doorknobs make for an interesting substitute for traditional wall hooks, but if you want a bit more flexibility in your options, consider looking at the different types of cabinet hardware on the market instead. Drawer pulls are easy to find in both secondhand and regular home improvement stores, and they come in a nearly-endless variety of styles and materials. Opt for classic porcelain pulls for a refined look, choose something made out of cut glass to add some bling to your space, or select an antique brass option to fit in with other vintage décor items you might have in the room.

13. Old keys

One of the main uses for wall hooks is holding keys, so if you want to make an organizer that's a bit on-the-nose, consider using keys as your hooks, too. With a bit of bending with some pliers, just about any key that's large enough can be transformed into a hook, from vintage skeleton keys to modern options that you simply no longer use. Once they're bent, most keys also have a convenient hole that makes them easier to attach to a keyring, so you can screw them directly to your wall or a backing without having to drill any extra holes.

14. Wrenches

While they're often overlooked in favor of more obvious spaces like the kitchen or bathroom, workshops and garages are often the spaces that are most in need of some functional organization. These wrench wall hooks are perfect for the job. If you have an old set of tools that you're willing to part with — and you also have the tools necessary to bend particularly thick metal, of course — you can create a charming matching set of wall hooks that can hold your workspace essentials, whether that be a work jacket or your most commonly-used tools. 

15. Toy cars

Kid's toys come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, but one of the most common and beloved is the simple toy car. These tiny toys are inexpensive but also fun, so it's not uncommon for kids and adults alike to develop a collection. If you're past your days of high-speed toy tracks and imaginary drives around town, consider turning some of these toy cars into a set of fun wall hooks. To do this yourself, attach your toy car to a flat edge hook with some ultra-strong glue, then screw it into the wall or a backing board.

16. Foosball rods

Foosball, also known as table football, is common inclusion in rec rooms and bars, but few people have the luxury of owning their own table. While shelling out the money for one could certainly bring some interest to your space, they're often too bulky and expensive to justify. If you're still set on incorporating a bit of this common game into your home, however, consider repurposing a foosball bar into a set of wall hooks. To keep the players from spinning, you can add some glue around their edges, then hang the whole bar directly on your wall.

17. Golf clubs

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, but even someone who is incredibly dedicated to maintaining their clubs will likely have to retire them at some point in favor of a new set. If you find yourself in this situation, consider turning them into wall storage. Thanks to their unique shape, the ends of golf clubs are already well-suited to act as hooks. All you need to do is saw off the shaft of the club, leaving only the clubhead behind, then attach this piece to your wall. Once they're secure, you have the perfect space to hang your sports equipment.

18. Casters

Over time, certain pieces on furniture or equipment wear out more quickly than others. Some of the quickest to go are casters, or the small wheels that you frequently find on the bottom of carts. Thankfully, these are pretty simple to replace if they begin squeaking, rusting, or locking up, but what should you do with the worn-out items? For an industrial-looking piece of wall storage, consider turning them into wall hooks. Because casters are already designed to screw onto objects, they can typically be installed right onto your wall to help hold all your purses, jackets, and other essentials.

19. Umbrella handles

If you've ever tried to walk through a severe storm with an umbrella, you know that they don't always hold up too well. High speed winds can quickly snap the ribs of the umbrella — the metal pieces that support the fabric canopy — and leave you with a completely non-functional item that refuses to collapse back down into shape. If this happens to you, don't fret. You might have to buy a new umbrella, but the hooked handle can make for an ultra-convenient wall hook after removal. Secure it to the wall with a couple of screws, and you have a spot to hang your new, functional rain protection.