Do you make these cap storage mistakes?
Sin #1 – Not having a designated place to keep your cap
Where did I put it again!?
Sin #2 - Hanging your cap on a hook
Back way from that hook!
I get literal chills each time I see a cap hung on hooks or clips. The first big cap collection I restored belonged to my friend Chris. He loved his caps and proudly displayed them on his wall. Unfortunately, the wall hooks and clips he used caused shape damage to most of his collection.
Hooks and even pegs are the enemy! The pointed hooks apply too much uneven downward pressure. Over time, this causes your cap to droop down, ultimately stretching it out of shape. In fitted caps, this is especially noticeable.
If you made this mistake, don’t despair. Is your cap misshapen? Depending how deep the crease is, you may be able to sort it using steam. Please don’t try to steam your cap unless you know what you’re doing, I’ll cover this in another blog post soon.
Even worse than hooks, the dreaded clip. Never clip anything onto your cap. Not a clothespin, not a bag clip, nothing that constricts the fabric.
Clips leave behind an imprint which distorts the shape, if attached onto the fold of your cap; that fold line will likely remain. Not only that, if the cap is hung in a room with sunlight, the fabric covered by the clip will remain bright while the rest of the cap becomes faded.
Prevention is better than a cure
If you search for cap storage on the internet, a slew of options appear. Careful! Some of these storage solutions use clips or hooks.
This applies to some DIY solutions from sites like Pinterest. They look super creative, and I’m sure would make a great feature on your wall, but if there is a single hook or a clip in sight — you’re not doing your cap any favors. Here are a few effective, safe ideas for how to store your caps.
How to display & store your caps whilst protecting the shape
Retail cap stands
A great place to find these are Ebay or local vintage shops. They come in various head sizes, which makes it a great option to keep your cap the right size for your head.
Hanging fabric storage racks
While I don’t personally own one, I’ve heard good things about the New Era foldable cloth cap storage rack (ouch, what a mouthful!). IKEA also sells these.
Two words: Hat Tac!
These were designed by people who actually wear and care about caps. I had to support and order one. I am really impressed with how these maintain the shape of the cap whilst hanging. Great job guys! Check out their site here.
Once you’ve sorted the ultimate spot for your cap to live after you step through the door, use this next tip to ensure your cap only leaves your house looking on point:
Keep a cap brush next to where you store your caps.
That’s it! Simple, right? Keeping your trusty brush right next to your caps acts as a reminder for you to actually brush them! Regularly brushing your cap makes a huge impact on keeping it looking fresh.
In fact, brush your cap before and after each use, paying particular attention to the sweatband and brim. By keeping your caps free from dust, you won’t have to clean them as often.