What to hang: Jackets, bags, umbrellas, leashes, and scarves. A tote bag on one peg makes a convenient catchall for winter gloves and hats.
Where to mount: Maximize wall space and give kids easy access to their stuff by hanging two rows of peg racks, one above the other. Mount the top one about six feet off the floor and the lower one about 3½ feet up, a height that protects young kids' heads from protruding pegs but still allows them to reach their things.
Tip: Make your rack blend in with a coat of paint that matches the wall (or contrasts with it, if you want your rack to stand out). First, place the hook rack on a drop cloth. Using an angled brush, apply one coat of an interior-exterior primer with a stain blocker (such as Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Sealer Stain-Killer, sold at hardware stores). Once it's dry, brush on two coats of a flat-finish interior paint such as Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Premium in Decorators White (shown; benjaminmoore.com for store locations). For even faster application, try spray-painting. Use Kilz Odorless Aerosol Sealer-Primer and Krylon Interior-Exterior spray paint in white (both at hardware stores).
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What to hang: Towels, robes, scrubbers, and clean clothes to change into after your shower. Use a basket up top to stow lotions and cleansers you use frequently. Look for a rack like this one, which has bars for hanging towels as well as adjustable hooks to accommodate items of different sizes.
Where to mount: Put a rack high enough so your robes can hang without dragging (and at a height, usually six feet, at which no one will bump his head).
Tip: Tiny bathrooms need hooks as much, if not more than, larger ones do. But some racks might be too big for a small space. Try a system with shallow hooks, like the Elfa White Basket with Six Hooks ($15, containerstore.com), which projects only 5¼ inches from the wall and holds toiletries in its small basket. It can even be mounted on the back of the bathroom door. You can also mount a series of single hooks, arranged horizontally across a wall or door.
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What to hang: Aprons, pot holders, and dish towels. Bowls, a sugar canister, a salt crock, or a pepper mill can go up top on a 5¼-inch-deep shelf. Rest a picture frame on the back of the shelf for a bit of decorative display.
Where to mount: Put it safely above the kids' heads, about five feet up. And choose a spot at least two feet from the stove, so dangling aprons don't create a fire hazard.
Tip: Don't hang pots on this type of rack, since they can chip the paint. Instead, consider a heavy-duty pot rack that hangs from the ceiling―another way to free up precious cabinet space.