02 Dec Hang It Up!
How do you hang up towels, dish rags or pot holders? How about photos on the wall? If you’re like me, it hurts to even think of making holes in that beautiful wood.
Aboard Que Tal, we used a variety of solutions. Lots of screw-in cup hooks, left by the previous owner — plus a few we added in “hidden” spots. Industrial strength Velcro for the laptop and things on the nav station, which was very hard to remove (I was afraid it was going to peel the Formica off the wood under it). For photos, we used tape, which fell off in hot weather, or poster putty which also would slowly soften and release the pictures in hot weather.
Enter Command Strip products. These weren’t available — or at least I wasn’t aware of them — when we moved aboard Que Tal and I never saw them in Mexico. But now that I’ve discovered them, I’ve come to the conclusion that they were just made for boats!Basically, there are four great things about Command Strip products:
- They leave no mark, hole, residue or anything else when you remove them.
- Installation is dead simple.
- They have a lot of holding power compared to many other options.
- There’s one designed for almost every application you can think of.
And they’re not too expensive, either. You can buy them at almost any big box store or hardware.
Ideas for using them on the boat, galley and otherwise:
Hooks are perfect for hanging almost everything — towels, hot pads, dish rags, an apron, a bag of clothes pins, keys, grocery bags, shower bag . . . whatever. And since there’s no damage to beautiful woodwork, you can put them wherever it’s convenient.
Another idea is to turn them horizontally and run a bungee cord between two for a paper towel holder (see more on this idea).
Depending on the size — they go from mini to large — hooks will hold up to about 5 pounds.
Command Picture Strips will handle almost everything else. Believe it or not, some can support as much as 20 pounds!
They are great for pictures, in frames or plastic sleeves (we got some of the clear plastic “picture holders” designed to go on a refrigerator with a magnet and used them on the walls so that the photos would be protected). You could use them to mount a spice rack in the galley . . . or attach a divider in a locker.
They remind me of very strong Velcro — and they’re great for keeping electronics in place, too. Laptops, chargers and other things that you want to keep in place (no guarantees in particularly rough seas — all boats differ, so use your own judgment as to what is sufficient).
In the cockpit, we used Velcro to keep the autopilot control in one place, and also on our SSB/ham/stereo speakers (they weren’t built in). It was a real pain to remove the Velcro when it came time . . . these would have held better than the Velcro and been easier to remove — a definite win/win.
One quick note on using the picture strips — the first ones I used, I aligned with the outside edge of a picture frame. As you can see in the picture, it’s definitely visible from the side. Now, the nice thing is that I can easily remove the strip and place it further from the edge . . . but think about this as you’re hanging items!
As I began researching all the Command Strip varieties, one that really appealed to me for the galley are the spring clip ones.
Put them on the wall to hold lists, recipes, meal plans and more. They’d also be handy at the nav station or helm for keeping info that you want instantly at hand. And one would be perfect for a laminated sheet with emergency info and radio frequencies right next to the radio.
There are also cord organizers — great for running wiring anywhere, either through lockers or in an exposed location.
We use lots of all these types on Barefoot Gal!