With the exception of knit winter hats, I've never been a natural hat-wearer. In the past, I admired fancy hats in movies and on other people, but found them difficult to wear myself. After all, how often do you look in the mirror and think, "All this outfit needs is a beret"?
But my hat collection has grown dramatically in the last year, after I was diagnosed with skin cancer on my nose. Happily, the cancer is gone and I am in the clear from a health perspective, but this experience made me re-double my skin protection efforts and got me investing in hats -- baseball caps, wide-brimmed beachy hats, hats of all kinds. (Incidentally, if you're in the market, I have become a huge fan of Goorin Bros. Hat Shop -- amazing selection, high quality, and a range of sizes and fits).
One thing I quickly discovered is that, unlike a knit cap, many nice hats can be easily crushed and need to be stored so as to maintain their shape. Hooks are one option, especially for baseball caps, but this doesn't work well for hats that don't have a usable loop or with shapes that can become easily distorted.
Lucky for me, my husband is both handy and stylish. I mentioned the need for some kind of hat rack, thinking I would put it in my closet. A short time later, Nick put together something so beautiful that we hung it on our bedroom wall:
I sometimes grumble a little bit when Nick brings home random pieces of wood left on the street or posted on Craigslist (me: "What are you going to do with those?" Nick: "I'm not sure. Something."), but I don't think I can complain after this project.
The wood board was "reclaimed" from a neighbor's attic, and the round wood blocks came from the scrap pile at Woodcraft. He ordered the hooks (which are designed to be used in a coat rack) online, as well as the copper pipe clamps and nails he used to attach them.