A beautiful and well-made hat is a style investment that you can enjoy for many years. However, if the hat is stored incorrectly this can cause damage and make your hat look worse for wear before its time. If you have treated yourself to a high quality Ecuadorian woven Panama hat, don’t cheapen its appearance by storing it incorrectly. This article will offer some valuable tips for storing your hat at home.
Clean Your Hat First
Before you store your hat long term, it is important to properly clean it first. You should brush away any dirt lingering on your hat so that the grime doesn’t cause damage to the hat when it is stored long term. This is true for any style of hat, from straw hats to fedoras to cowboy hats.
Should You Hang It On a Coat Rack?
Hanging your hat on a coat rack or a hat rack can be an okay way to store it temporarily. However, don’t plan on storing a hat this way for a long time. When a hat is hung on a hook, gravity will pull it down over time and distort the shape.
What About Storing Hats in Boxes?
If you are storing your hat for a long period of time, the best thing to do is to place the hat in a hat box. Not only will it keep the hat dry, it will also keep it protected from any other items in storage that might crush it or dent it.
You have the choice to either buy a hat box or you can make your own. Sometimes, high-end hats such as a Montecristi will come with a hat box.
Or Storing Hats on a Shelf?
Another option is to designate a shelf somewhere in your home for storing your hats. You can line them up in a row along the shelf. The advantage of this is that they are on display so that everyone can admire their beauty and you can easily choose from them. However, the disadvantage is they are exposed to dust and direct sunlight so they could age more quickly.
If you choose this option, make sure that the shelf is deep enough so that the back brim of the hat is not squashed against the wall and the front will hang over the edge, maintaining the brim shape.
Since I usually have several hats in the news at the same time, my hands are nested (one hat on top of the other). My coat rack has a top post the hats are stacked up on top of the post one inside the other.