Installing your Own Hooks: A DIY Guide

Make sure your new storage brackets are secure and steadfast with this handy guide to drilling in your own new hook railings.

If you have just moved into a new place or are struggling to find additional storage space as your family grows, then you are probably looking in every direction for some kind of storage opportunity. Fortunately, one of the easiest and most convenient storage brackets available to homeowners are hook railings; whether you want them for coats and umbrellas in the hallway or pots and pans in the kitchen, hooks can be used for just about any household item – and they can be fitted all by yourself! So where do you get started? 

Benefits of Hook Railing

In addition to the versatile uses of hooks and hook railings outlined above, there are a number of advantages to these small storage brackets in any domestic property:

  • Hooks provide extra storage space, helping to keep things out of the way and off the floor – where they might one day prove a trip hazard!
  • They are also neatly designed and usually quite unobtrusive; so long as you position the hooks correctly even hanging coats shouldn’t get too in the way.
  • Hook railings are also highly functional; they are sturdy and secure and can carry a surprising amount of weight!
  • If your chosen items don’t cover up too much of the exterior bracket, hook railings can also act as decorative adornments to any wall – inside or outside of the property.
  • Finally, there is little about a new hook railing that isn’t highly convenient – simply grab the item you need and you are on your way!

DIY Hook Railings Installation

Once you have shopped around and found a hook railing or bracket that you like (or even upcycled an old unit you haven’t used in a while) it is time for the more difficult part; installing your brand new hook railing all by yourself.

  1. Firstly, make sure you have all the necessary tools and equipment to see the job through to its end in one single act. That includes a drill and bit; wall plugs and screws; a tape measure; a spirit level; goggles and dust-protective clothing; and a small pencil to act as a marker.
  2. Next, measure the spaces between the hooks (if they aren’t already installed on your board) and pencil in where they need to be fitted. Use a spirit level to ensure they are even (as well as evenly spaced).
  3. Now, drill holes in each end of the plank, and in the centre as well if you have a particularly long bracket; this will add extra grip and help to keep your hooks firm and secure.
  4. You then need to mark the drilling points in your chosen wall. Use a cable detector to ensure you aren’t drilling into any essential pipe-work or utility lines, and then drill the holes as marked. You can then fit in the wall plugs.
  5. Finally, align the screws along the hook bracket, position it against the corresponding hole in the wall and drill the hooks into place! Test the rigidity of the bracket by hanging a few items from the hooks and if they stand that’s it – you are all finished!

Although it sounds relatively easy to fit your own hooks, it is important to remember that DIY isn’t for everyone; and if you don’t fancy taking the risk you can always call out a local handyman to do the work for you; it will only take a couple of hours and probably won’t cost much more than the bracket itself!