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Whether you’re always losing your keys or are just looking to organize your entryway, a key holder is a great decor option. These handy pieces combine form and function while holding your keys and other essentials like mail, hats, handbags, and more, so you always know where to find them.
“It’s important first of all to find one that meets your practical needs, and then to find one that fits your style and the style of your home,” says Priscilla Moiseoff, lead stylist and interior designer at Walker Edison Furniture. Moiseoff also recommends keeping location in mind; consider where in your home the key holder will live and how much space you have for it. She notes that it may make sense to opt for a small accent piece or a larger statement unit depending on your situation.
With these considerations in mind, we researched dozens of key holders, evaluating their style and hanging format, extra features, and ease of use. Our top choice is the Yamazaki Magnetic Key Holder because it has a sleek and compact design with plenty of holders for your keys, mail, and other small items.
Read on to discover the best key holders to suit a variety of needs, preferences, and budgets.
If you’re looking for a key holder, the Yamazaki Magnetic Key Holder is our top recommendation: It’s well designed, attractive, and can hold both keys and a few essential odds and ends. If you have a metal door or other surface that works with magnets near your entryway, it’s particularly ideal, but it also can be mounted with screws. For a more budget-friendly pick, opt for the MarleyLifeDesign Towel Hooks Plastic Door Hangers. These plastic hooks are available in two colors per set and can be used in the entryway and throughout your home.
Style and Format
Choose a key holder that works with the style of your décor. For example, if you have a farmhouse-style home, look for options made of wood with natural or distressed finishes that emphasize their grain pattern. Minimalist lovers should look for sleek lines and neutral solid colors and can opt for key holders made out of coated steel, brushed finishes, and more. If you have more of an eclectic style, try looking for single-hook options that come in bold colors and finishes to effortlessly accent you’re already mixed decor.
You’ll also want to consider its hanging format. Most key holders are wall-mounted, meaning you may have to drill holes into the wall, which is not ideal for renters. If you need a non-permanent solution, look for adhesive or magnetic key holders.
While some may opt to find hook-only options, key holders come with plenty of extra features if you need them. For example, if you’re looking for a quick place to stash the day’s mail or need a new place to display stylish candles or potted plants, try looking for a key holder with baskets and shelves. We recommend options with baskets specifically for mail since too much mail can sometimes look untidy on an open shelf.
Other extra features include chalkboards for leaving messages and reminders in larger households, mirrors to take one last look at yourself before leaving, and personalized backboards.
Ease of Use
Whether you choose a wall-mounted or adhesive-style key holder, consider the ease of assembly and installation. Most key holders come fully assembled unless they are larger statement pieces that need building. Take note if you can assemble and install it yourself or if you need someone to help you, along with what tools you’ll need.
What type of hook you choose will also change the unit’s ease of use. Key holders with hooks or double hooks will securely hold your items—especially if they’re on the heavier side—but they may catch on your fingers or feel too fiddly. Key holders with pegs are a great alternative, allowing you to quickly slide your keys on and off. If you’re worried about your items slipping off of pegs too easily, you can also look for options with notched pegs, which feature a shallow indentation for your item to nestle into and keep it secure.
Key holders come in different formats, sizes, and hanging mechanisms. The most common hanging mechanisms are wall-mounted, which need to be screwed into the wall, and self-adhesive, which stick to the wall. Both have fairly straightforward installation processes, however, please consult your specific model’s instructions or needs since different styles may require other installation methods.
To install a wall-mounted model, take a pencil and mark a spot on the wall where the screws will go. You can do this by holding up the key holder to the wall and bubbling in the screw hole or by putting a piece of masking tape on the holder, marking the holes on it, and taping it to the wall. Make sure to level/align the key holder or tape properly so it will hang straight once installed. Then slowly drill a hole into the wall.
If there is a beam, you can screw the screw directly into the wall. If not, you should drill a hole for a molly and hammer the molly flush to the wall before installing the screw. Once you’re done drilling a hole, feed the screw through the key holder and line it up to the hole (or molly) on the wall. Then use a screwdriver to tighten it in place. Repeat this on every hole until the keyholder is secure.
To install a self-adhesive model, wipe off the hanging area on the wall with an alcohol wipe. Then peel off the paper covering the adhesive on the back of your keyholder and firmly press it to the wall for a couple of minutes. Before placing any items on the key holder, let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour to ensure it completely adheres to the wall.
The most obvious place to hang a key holder is by the door. This way your keys will be the last thing you grab on your way out and the first thing you hang up after closing and locking the door. The next best place to hang a key holder is a landing area where you put your bag, coat, shoes, or other items after coming home. From a risk and safety perspective, keep in mind that hanging your keys in too visible a location can make it easier for thieves to steal your car after breaking in or for someone to snatch an extra set on their way out the door without you noticing.
The best height for a key holder is roughly eye level. This makes your keys easy to spot and easy to hang and grab, depending on which way you are coming or going. If you live with other adults, place the key holder at a level where everyone can comfortably reach it. If there are young kids in the house, hang it high enough so that it’s out of reach.
Madeleine Burry has been writing for The Spruce for several years. For this roundup of key holders, she consulted with Priscilla Moiseoff, lead stylist and interior designer at Walker Edison Furniture, to understand essential features and nice-to-have functionality. Then she researched dozens of key holders available for sale online, considering their design, installation process, and features. She selected options for a variety of budgets and design needs and preferences.
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