Caravan Hacks – Picture Rail Hooks

Are you lacking in places to hang stuff in your caravan or camper?

Picture rail (or moulding) hooks may just be the solution you are looking for.

image (1)No matter the make, model or specification of a caravan/camper, living with your chosen home on wheels will, over time, will undoubtedly reveal some shortcomings in design or usability.

In our 2006 Abbey Vogue 460, the one thing majorly lacking was anywhere to hang things. Towels in the bathroom, tea-towels near the main sink etc, etc.

Not wanting to drill holes in doors or panels (the folded cardboard/laminate sandwich is hardly a secure fixing point anyway), we tried using all sorts of temporary solutions such as suction cup and self adhesive hooks. All failed to ‘hold up’ for any length of time and the self adhesive examples left a load of tacky mess in their wake.

I had investigated the type of over door hook sold in many hardware stores but they were just too big, designed for a standard door that’s 50mm plus thick, not the 12mm or so that constitutes a caravan cupboard door. So, when wandering around B&Q, after yet another suction cup hook had thrown itself on the floor, I had one of those ‘I wonder if’ moments and picked up a couple picture rail hooks.

I suspect that younger readers or those who have only lived in houses built after the 1960’s won’t even know what a picture rail hook is!

Suffice to say that just about every house used to have a wooden or plaster moulding that went around the walls at about the same height as the top of the door frames. This ‘picture rail’ was used to position hooks from which you could hang (you guessed it) pictures! They have just about died a death in modern houses with the proliferation of other ways to hang artwork but the picture rail still remains a really convenient way of positioning pictures without nails or screws.

Now as it happens a completely un-modified picture rail hook will sit quite happily over the top of your typical caravan cupboard door. The two picture hooks I picked up in B&Q were immediately pressed into service hanging our bathroom towels and the next time we were near a DIY store, we picked up several more. These have been used to hang all sorts of things such as tea-towels and even a bit of washing from the shelves in the bathroom.

If you feel so inclined, you can also adapt them to fit flush closing doors by simply bending the ‘ears’ so they fit flush with the back of the door.

Holding tea-towels under the sink.
Holding tea-towels under the sink.
On a tightly closing cupboard.
On a tightly closing cupboard.
Holding a towel on the bathroom door.
Holding a towel on the bathroom door.

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