Thursday, 05 April 2012

Home help 6th April

Now all the winter coats are packed away, it’s time to replace your hooks, says Hugh St Clair

Written by Hugh St Clair
The previous week spent removing all the thick winter coats from the hall has been a pleasure. But I must have yanked too hard on a heavy wool jacket because the wooden peg snapped. It can't be mended to take the weight required, so I am on the lookout for a replacement.

Who doesn't remember their school peg? I certainly do and Suffolk Latch Company has reproduced those sturdy old cast-iron hooks, complete with backplate for your name or number – a good idea for a family with children who want to draw little identifying pictures for their hooks (£2.99 each). The company has also reproduced rows of hooks mounted on an oak plate, which costs from £19.50 for three to £36 for six. It plans to introduce pine and painted backplates, plus a shelf on the top for hats and gloves.

Shaker pegs are perennially popular and always smart. Heal's makes a good-quality set of six oak ones at £50, and four at £38. It also sells a Charles and Ray Eames design from the 1950s called Hang It All (£194), which has coloured knobs in an irregular formation to hang coats, bags and hats on – though it seems a pity to hide it. Artisanti's four-arm nickel hook is great for a tight corner.

If it's hooks for the back of the door you are after, very pretty ones with glass knobs can be found from a company called Bombay Duck. Simple, single hooks with clear glass knobs, and rows of delicate hooks interspersed with crystal flowers are more for a lady's bedroom than the hall. For the gentleman's dressing room, Hicks, Sharp & Co has reproduced the traditional brass beehive design for his silk dressing gown (£6.75).

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