Belt Hooks and Other Belt Organization Ideas for Your Closet
Belts, as a clothing accessory, are an essential — not just as a fashion statement, but also for their practical function of holding up pants or trousers. Many people go beyond simple practicality; however, and use belts as a kind of jewelry — leading to vast collections in different colors, styles and materials to go with every outfit. Ultimately, there is a need to find a way to store all the belts in a manner that is neat and accessible.
Belt organization ideas fall into two categories: either using some sort of divider system for rolled belt storage, or various types of belt hooks and racks for hanging.
Different Approaches on How to Organize Belts For Optimal Storage:
1 How to Store Belts in Closet Using Pull-Out Belt Racks
Pull-out belt racks slide out of the closet wall or vertical panels in a telescoping fashion. Colors and finishes are available to match every décor. A quality belt rack of the pull-out/slide out type is usually made from anodized aluminum and zinc. Avoid anything made of plastic because it won't be able to support enough weight to accommodate very many belts or heavy belt buckles. The plastic models are also unlikely to roll or slide nicely. Metal will usually work better and last longer. The advantages of this type of belt organizer is that it takes up very little room in the closet. Exact dimensions vary by brand; however, most need less than two inches of linear closet space for full functionality. These belt racks are available in several finishes and sizes. The 14-inch-long size includes six hooks and will fit a standard custom closet installation. A 12-inch size with five hooks is sometimes preferred when the closet system uses backer board. No matter which size or color you choose, make sure the telescoping belt rack you purchase offers a full extension slide so the belts will clear your shirts and other clothing when fully extended.
2 How to hang Belts Using Belt Hooks
Hooks are a traditional way to hang belts. They can fit into odd spaces and behind doors. They are good way to add extra storage when there is no more room in the closet. There are many different types of hooks that can be used for organizing belts. The deciding factor is whether or not you can get the belt buckle over the hook in order to hang it. Some belt buckles can be quite small, while certain garment hooks can include large, decorative ends. However, to ensure that you have the best hooks to hang belts, purchase closet hooks that have been specifically designed for belt organization. These types of belt hooks have multiple hanging arms that can organize numerous belts in a neat and easily accessible manner. If you line up several of these types of hooks, you will actually have more storage for your belts than if you purchased a more expensive telescoping belt rack. Belt hooks can be made of any material and there are many cheap plastic ones on the market. It is worthwhile to spend a little more and get a metal one made from zinc. The zinc can be plated in any finish to match the rest of your closet. For a small additional cost, the metal hook will basically last forever and won't break as easily as the cheaper plastic ones. Don't rely on the strength of drywall to secure your belt hooks to the wall. Mount them into the studs, a wooden door or, if you want to mount several hooks in a row, use a cleat (piece of wood) that is secured to the studs, screwing the hooks into the wooden cleat. This will offer a lot of strength and stability.
3 How to Store Belts Using Drawer Dividers
Some people prefer to keep their belts hidden inside a drawer when not in use. The best way to store belts inside a drawer is to roll them. This will prevent scratching, protect the belt, and make it easier to organize them. Drawer dividers and drawer organizers, available in wood or acrylic, are perfect for organizing belts inside a drawer. These types of drawer dividers are usually adjustable so that they can be customized to fit the specific drawer size as well as individual belt widths ranging all the way from skinny little serpentine belts to big fat cowboy style leather belts with giant buckles. An additional advantage of this type of organization system is that it can accommodate belts that don't have a traditional buckle and therefore cannot be hung from a hook or rack.
4 Keep Belts Organized & Visible Using Shallow Cubbies
Small, shallow, shelves divided vertically into cubes or "cubbies" are another popular way to organize a belt collection. Used mainly as a way to store and display belts with large buckles, cubbies are a good way to present the belt buckle as a piece of jewelry without having to remove it from the belt. Belts stored in belt cubbies should be rolled and laid horizontally in the cubby like a coil of rope. The belt buckle can be arranged so that it faces the front for viewing even when not in use. Belt cubbies are a custom item that you generally will not find ready made from any store. A good place to incorporate custom belt cubbies is at the end of a closet island like those typically found in your larger walk-in closets. Although most closet islands are used to provide drawers and shelving, belt cubbies can usually be fitted onto the smaller side of the island without loss of much drawer or shelf space.
Is it Better to Hang or Roll Belts?
The best system for storing your belts will depend on what the belt is made of and what type of buckle it has. Belts made from some type of heavy-duty cloth are usually better off stored rolled. Furthermore, buckles for cloth belts do not always allow them to be hung easily from a hook. Leather belts, on the other hand, can dry out and eventually crack. Condition them regularly with a leather cleaner and conditioner to prevent this from happening. Proper care of the leather is more important than whether you store the belt rolled or hung from a hook. However, belts that are stored rolled can more easily be kept out of direct sunlight that might dry the leather and away from dust.
In addition to proper storage, belt organization can be further arranged by color, size, material or use. For example, it might be a good idea to keep your fancier rhinestone belts and other accent pieces together, while using a separate rack or divider for your more utilitarian, everyday belts.