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Simple Hat Storage Ideas

Around my house, we love our hats!  Everyone in my family has their own collection, mostly consisting of baseball caps and visors. But you can also find some sun hats, beach or pool straw hats, silly hats, cowboy hats, and more.  The problem with having so many hats is that if you don’t have a good storage system for them, they will quickly get out of control. So, the focus of this post is to find and share all of the best hat storage ideas that we can find. 

A good hat storage system should be easy to access yet relatively compact.  Here are some simple solutions for hat storage that can be implemented in a matter of minutes.

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Simple Solutions for Hat Storage

The Best Hat Storage Ideas

We’ve gathered our favorite hat storage ideas for you.  These are all especially great to store baseball hats (because we’ve all accumulated so many of them), but we have many other hat organization ideas too!

Read on to find out our favorite ideas for hat storage.

Hanging Closet Organizer (Great for Baseball Hat Storage)

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Closet organizer for hat storage

For my son’s hats, I took two hanging shoe organizers and hung them in his closet.  I then filled the compartments with all of his hats.  Each section is deep enough to hold 2 or 3 hats.  The organizers can hold up to 18-20 hats each.  

Not only will these easily hold all of his baseball caps, but they also easily store his bucket hats too.  These hangers are simple to install, and they keep the hats accessible.  This system is very manageable, even if you have a large number of hats.

This truly is one of my favorite baseball hat storage ideas.

A Hat Rack

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A hat rack with often worn hats

I know this one seems too obvious.  But, it’s called a hat rack for a reason:  it works!  We have a small hat rack mounted to the wall in a little nook of our hallway.  

I use it to store the hats that my husband wears the most often.  You can’t get any more accessible than this.  It only holds about 10-12 hats, but it works well for the hats that he wears a lot.

Individual Hooks for Hat Storage

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Individual hat hooks

For an idea similar to the hat rack, but a little more flexible, try individual hooks.  I put some of these on the back of my son’s door.  They are great for holding those larger hats or those that don’t easily fold up or stack, like his cowboy hat.  

The great thing about these is that you can use as many or as few of them as you need.  You can also put them wherever works best for you:  on the back of the door, on a wall, or even on the inside of a closet.

Small Plastic Buckets to Store Baseball hats

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one of my hat buckets

Another solution that I use at my house is a small plastic bucket.  I use these for my hats, our visors, and the hats my husband doesn’t wear as often.  I bought three of these at my local dollar store.  They sit conveniently on the top shelf of my hall closet.  

With these buckets, the hats are easy to reach, but are kept contained and out of the way when not needed.  The buckets don’t take up a lot of space either.

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another of the hat buckets

Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer Hat Storage Idea


The last idea for hat storage that I have for you is one that Amy here at Organized Mom uses.  She took an over-the-door shoe organizerGorilla Grip Premium Over The Door Mesh Pocket Shoe Organizer, 24 Large Breathable Durable Pockets 64×19, Hooks, Stores Shoes, Storage Organizers Hang on Closet Door, Organize Sneakers Slippers, Black and put all of her family’s hats in the compartments.  I love this idea!  

This is a great way to store not only baseball caps, but also all of those winter hats.  The organizer keeps the hats in a place where kids can see and access them, which makes it simple for them to put away their own hats.  This is a fantastic solution for small houses because it uses an area that would otherwise go unused.

Hat Wall Art

This is a fun way to display your beautiful hat collection! You can grab some wall hooks and hang your hats up and use them as a focal point for your room or as wall art somewhere in your house.

When deciding where to display your hats with this easy storage solution, I would recommend measuring out the space on the wall that you would like to use for your hats. If you don’t have wall space large enough, or need a different area, don’t forget to check the back of a door. 

Then, tape out the same area on the floor so you can arrange, and rearrange your collection on the floor as your working display until you get it perfected and can then transfer everything from the floor to the wall without a big mess. 

Lay out your hats in a design that you like. Then, get your wall hangers and whatever else you want to use to hang the hats and place them under the hats to get an idea of where they’ll need to be placed on the wall compared to each other.

You can even take it one step farther and measure the distances between the edges of your display to where your hats need to be, and the distances between the hats, so you can ensure that everything will line up properly and in place when you start hanging the hats. It may sound a little complicated, but once you get started, it’s super easy and will make hanging your hats so easy in the long run. 

You could even use command hooks so you can easily change the display around without having to add more holes to the walls- or cover old holes! 

Make your own hat rack

This really is one of those super simple DIY Hat rack ideas that you shouldn’t pass up. It’s a great option if you don’t want an actual piece of storage furniture but have a little extra space on the wall that you can use up. 

You can get a towel rack from the hardware store and hang that, then grab a few of the S hooks and hang them from the towel rack so you can hang your baseball cap collection and other hats from those hooks. Super easy and relatively inexpensive too.

Get a hat stand

Did you know they make hat stands?! They’re cute and you have probably seen them in hat stores or clothing stores as a display and didn’t even realize it was something that you could use to display all type of hats at your house.

If you have just a few hats that you want to display, getting a couple hat stands might do the trick. If you have a larger collection, maybe store the rest of your hats with a different hat organizer or other way to access and organize them.

Designate a hat drawer

If you have an extra drawer in your dresser, you can make that your hat drawer. Pick a dresser drawer and you can easily stack your hat collection in the drawer for easy access and safe keeping. No need to find extra space or buy anything if you already have the unused small space. 

Use macrame

You can find some macrame that may help hold your hats appropriately and you can hang them on the wall. This may be a great option to help hold your hats a specific way too since most macrame are a little flexible. ​

Pro Hat Wearing Tip on the Go: 

When you’re out and about and don’t want to wear your hat in the car, don’t just set it on the seat next to you to be forgotten or smashed unexpectedly. Instead, invest in a hat clip to hang your hat from the visor of the passenger seat! ​

Grab a Hat Box and Go Old School

Chances are you can find an old hat box in your house or a family member may have one or two. These are ideal to have if you just have a few very special hats that you want to keep separate and in a safe area. These vintage boxes were literally made to hold your hats and special items.​

Invest in a hat hanger

They make over the door hat hangers that can easily become a back of the door hat rack and can hold a bunch of hats. ​


You can use an open closet shelf or a shelf of any piece of furniture to store your hats on. If you have an old armoire that you aren’t using, this is a great way to put it to good use for your favorite hats. Repurpose that beautiful piece of furniture into one of the cutest hat storage solutions that can also help hold and organize other things as well.

May your own storage rack

This is a great way to store your large collection of wide-brim hats. Grab a few extra wood pieces you may have around and a heavy duty string or ribbon. Make a holder, similar to a towel rack rod and hang the ribbon on it, going straight down to the ground.

Get your wooden clothespins or metal clothespins and clip your hats by the brim on to the hanging ribbon. This is a fun way to display your accessories too. ​

Now that you have plenty of creative hat rack ideas to choose from to store your hats appropriately, let’s talk about caring for your hats and tops for storing your hats so they stay in great condition.

Tips for storing your hats

In order to keep your hats in the best condition possible and to help them look as clean and as new as possible, for as long as possible, here are a few hat storage tips that every hat collector needs to know!

  • Whatever hat storage solution you choose, stick to it. This helps prevent your hats from getting crushed or misshapen when you aren’t wearing them.
  • Avoid hanging your hats by the brim: Hanging your hats by the brim can cause them to lose their shape over time. Instead, opt for hanging them by the crown or using a hat hook specifically designed for this purpose. This will help preserve the shape and structure of your hats.
  • Store hats in a cool, dry place: Humidity and extreme temperatures can damage the material of your hats. It’s important to store them in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Consider using a closet or a dedicated storage box to protect them from dust and moisture if that’s what works for your storage option of choice.
  • Use acid-free tissue paper: To maintain the shape of your hats and prevent them from losing their form and good shape, stuff them with acid-free tissue paper. This will help them retain their original structure and prevent any creases or wrinkles.
  • Rotate your hats: If you have a large hat collection, it’s a good idea to rotate which hats you display or wear regularly. This helps distribute the weight and prevents any one hat from becoming misshapen due to extended use
  • ​Clean your hats before storing: Before storing your hats, make sure to clean them properly. Use a soft brush or a lint roller to remove any debris or dust. For more delicate materials, such as straw or felt, consider using a hat brush or a damp cloth to gently clean the surface.
  • If all else fails, you can store hats in their original boxes or hat bags: If your hats came with original boxes, hat bags, or hat keepsake bags, it’s best to store them in these containers. They are specifically designed to protect the hats and keep them in optimal condition. If you no longer have the original packaging, consider investing in hat storage boxes or breathable cloth bags for whatever way you plan to store them.

Anytime there is a hat lover in the family, there is a need to find homes for all those hats!  The trick is to have a storage system that keeps the hats easily accessible while keeping them tucked away in a confined space.  These five ideas all fit the bill.  If you have a pile of hats, try one or more of these simple solutions for hat storage.  I hope one or more of them will help to take control of your hat problem!

Simple Solutions for Hat Storage

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