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How to Hang a Decorative Hook Set0

In my world, hooks do one of three things – ruin a golf shot, catch a fish, or have something hung on them, like a coat, a belt, or a reciprocating saw on a pegboard. Of course, my world isn’t usually the one that counts. For example, in the world of the aesthetic powers-that-be in our house, hooks also decorate. Usually, in triplicate, with flowers or something on them. Inevitably, worlds collide, and something like the following ensues.

Wife: “Can you hang the hooks in our daughter’s room, please?”

Me: “But they’re flimsy, and won’t really hold anything useful, and why are there three of them, anyway?”

Daughter: “But Daddy, I could hang doll hats on them, and they’re my favorite color.”

Me: “I’ll get the drill.”


  • Cordless drill          
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil


Hollow wall hangers and screws to fit


About a half hour


1. Choose a support.  Depending on what you’re hanging, you may choose different material – nails, screws, brackets, as the case may be. For me, with the basic sawtooth hanger along the top of small decorative hooks that wouldn’t be bearing any weight, basic hollow-wall screws were fine. The screws wouldn’t be seen, and they’d fit snugly under the hanger:


3. Measure the space. Hanging multiple sets of anything is mostly about the measuring – the actual hanging is the easy part. First, I wanted to find the centre of the space on which the hooks would hang, at the height I wanted them.

I consulted with the design team, found out how high they would hang – for my three-year-old’s room, this was about 4 feet – marked that spot, and drilled the first pilot hole in the center of the space.

Again, because doll hats aren’t very heavy, I wasn’t worried about finding a stud or otherwise making them weight bearing.

2. Measure the items. I was going for a very basic straight-across hanging. Depending on what you’re hanging, of course, you don’t have to – you might go vertical, stagger at different heights, or otherwise make a statement against the linear status quo.

But for me, I needed to know how far apart the pieces would be and how far apart their centers would be, so I’d know where to drill the pilot holes.


(For my fellow detail enthusiasts, each square is six inches, and I wanted two inches between them, so I needed centers eight inches apart.)

3. Mark the horizontal measurement. Using a carpenter’s square (easier to hold in place than a tape), I marked short vertical lines where the other two pilot holes would go – eight inches from the center one.

4. Mark the level line.  With a level halfway through the first pilot hole, I marked horizontal lines across those vertical lines on the level. I drilled where the lines crossed, and inserted the hollow wall hangers gently with a hammer.


I should note that if my two-foot level were ruled, steps three and four would have been combined.

5. Add screws and hang hooks. The end product of all that measuring – hooks centered on the space they’re on, evenly spaced, and just waiting for a doll tea party to break out.



text and photos by Steve MacDonald 

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