The back of doors can provide valuable storage space when you live in a small apartment, and the back of my bathroom door in my NYC studio was the perfect spot for hanging my ironing board using plastic over the door hooks. But when I moved to my LA apartment and tried to use the same hooks on my doors, I discovered that they didn’t work because the space between the top of the door and the door frame was too narrow from too many coats of paint. My solution? Make my own over the door hooks using 5″ x 7″ aluminum step flashing sheets!
And they couldn’t be simpler to make:
Step 1: Use a straight edge to bend the flashing sheet – the edges can be very sharp, so handle carefully, or better yet, wear gloves to do this.
Step 2: Attach the hooks to a piece of wood which will be what you attach whatever you want to hang on the door. In my case, I attached the hooks to my tool organizer that I made to hang on the back of my closet door. I used multi-material screws from SPAX – they work with metal and wood and don’t require any pre-drilling but making a small divot with a nail prior to drilling helps prevent the screw from slipping.
Step 3: Screw the hooks to the top of the door to make sure they stay in place.
The door closes perfectly and my tool organizer gives me tons of much needed storage. You can see how I made it and how I converted a small coat closet into a mini-workshop/storage closet here.