Entryway hooks are a great way to add extra storage in your house for coats, hats, purses, dog leashes, and many other accessories. They are generally easy to install and even change out for new ones if you like to switch up your decor often. One common question that might come up when installing entryway hooks is how high you should hang them? Thankfully, there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to how high to hang entryway hooks.
You should hang entryway hooks 5 feet, or 60 inches, above the floor. A height of 5 feet is typical for hooks on a coat rack, which sets a good standard for entryway hooks. This height allows most adults to easily reach items hanging on the hooks while keeping long coats from hitting the floor. Overall, the most important thing to keep in mind when determining how high to hang your entryway hooks is that everyone who will be using the hooks can conveniently reach them.
While 5 feet is a good rule of thumb for how high to hang your entryway hooks, some factors might affect this in your home. For example, you have to consider who will be using the entryway hooks, if the hooks will be hung above a bench or on a door, and more. Thankfully, we've rounded up answers to some of the most common questions about hanging entryway hooks. Just keep reading!
What is the correct height to hang a hook?
As mentioned above, the standard height to hang entryway hooks is 5 feet high. At this height, most adults can easily grab anything hanging on a hook. After all, convenience is the entire purpose of an entryway hook. However, there are some factors you should consider before you begin nailing holes in your wall.
One factor to keep in mind is who exactly will be using the hooks. If you have children using the entryway hooks, consider hanging them lower so the kids can reach any items on the hooks. Alternatively, you could hang a second row of entryway hooks at a lower height specifically for the kids to use.
A standard kid-friendly height for hanging hooks is about 3.5 feet or 42 inches. Or perhaps you're a taller than average adult. In that case, it may make sense for you to hang the hooks a bit higher for your convenience.
Overall, hanging your entryway hooks higher or lower than 5 feet is acceptable, depending on what is most convenient for you.
What is the ADA height to hang a hook?
If you or someone in your household is disabled, you may want to consider hanging your entryway hooks according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The ADA requires coat hooks to be no higher than 4 feet from the floor. At this height, those using wheelchairs and other disabled individuals can reach the hook independently.
If you are hanging hooks in a public space, you may be legally required to follow the ADA standards regarding the height of a hook. Always be sure to refer to your federal, state, and local laws and consult a professional to ensure you are meeting any legal ADA requirements.
How high should hooks be above a bench?
An entryway bench is another great storage solution for shoes, backpacks, and other items you often keep in your entryway area. It is easy to pair an entryway bench with entryway hooks for the ultimate storage-friendly entryway. If you plan to use both an entryway bench and entryway hooks, you might be wondering how high the hooks should be above the bench.
The first step in determining how high entryway hooks should be above a bench is measuring the height of your bench. The standard range in height for entryway benches is 18 to 20 inches tall. Once you have the height of your bench measured in inches, subtract that number from 60 inches (5 feet), and you will be left with how high to hang hooks above your bench.
For example, let's say your bench is 20 inches tall. If you subtract 20 from 60, you are left with 40 inches. That means you should hang your hooks 40 inches above your entryway bench. As mentioned above, feel free to hang your hooks slightly higher or lower than this, depending on who uses them.
How high to hang hooks on the back of a door?
In some smaller spaces, you may not have much wall space to use for entryway hooks. In this case, it may be more practical to hang a hook on the back of a door. Thankfully, just as with hanging hooks on a wall, there is a standard height for hanging hooks on the back of a door.
Generally, you should hang hooks 4 inches from the top of the door. At this height, any items hanging on the hook will be easily accessible to most adults. However, it is essential to consider any unique variables in your house before hanging your hook at this height. Unique variables include higher than average ceilings, decorative molding, or a door with a window.
Depending on these factors and who exactly will be using the hooks, you may want to adjust how high you hang a hook on the back of your door.
How far apart to hang coat hooks?
If you hang an entryway hook, you know to hang it about 5 feet above the floor. But if you are considering hanging multiple entryway hooks, how far apart should you hang them from each other?
Spacing the coat hooks out about 4 to 6 inches from each other is a good rule of thumb. This allows coats and other items hanging on the hooks to look nice and spaced out and prevents the entryway area from looking too crowded. However, there are some things you should consider before deciding on how far apart to hang your coat hooks.
Factors that may affect how far apart you hang coat hooks can include the size of the hooks, the width of the wall you are hanging the hooks on, and the size of the items you plan on hanging on the hooks. Feel free to make a judgment call to ensure the hooks look the best to you.
Check out our post, "How High Should a Coat Rack Be?" for more details.
How high to hang a keyholder?
Although keyholders are usually pretty similar to entryway hooks in design, they serve a slightly different purpose. Since keyholders are specifically for keys and do not need to hang long coats without letting them hit the floor, they can be hung slightly lower than your standard entryway hook.
Keyholders are usually installed at 4 feet, or 48 inches, above the floor. At this height, most adults can easily put keys on and grab keys off of the keyholder. Like entryway hooks, you need to ensure that whoever uses the key holder can conveniently access it.
Additionally, you may be hanging a keyholder along with a mirror or other decorative item on the same wall. If this is the case, hang the keyholder directly below the mirror. Alternatively, you could hang your keyholder to the side of your mirror. Pick the location that best fits your routine; be sure not to hang the key holder above a mirror. This would likely be too high to reach the keys conveniently.
Entryway hooks are a wonderful organizational solution for storing your coats, hats, purses, dog leashes, and more. They are also delightfully easy to install. If you are considering hanging entryway hooks in your house, you may have some common questions on how high to hang them and what considerations go into determining that height.
When it comes to hanging entryway hooks, 5 feet about the floor is the standard height. However, there are several factors to consider before you begin nailing hooks into your wall, as we covered above. These factors include who will be using the hooks, where you will be hanging the hooks if you need to follow ADA requirements, and more.
Thankfully, while there are some industry-standard heights to start with, there are no hard and fast rules, and everything can be adjusted to meet your individual requirements. This leaves plenty of room for some creative license to ensure your entryway works best for you and your storage needs.