How to Store Hats
By Sam Feeder
, last updated January 11, 2012
It's important to know how to store hats, especially if you have a lot of them. As hats are supposed to be shaped in a certain way on your head, any crimping or serious bending can damage or even ruin a hat. That's why, when you are taking a hat on a trip, you will have to wear or take it in some sort of special storage device. So, when it comes to storing a hat, specific things must be done so that it remains in the right shape and condition.
A large box, which a hat fits inside entirely, is a perfect way to store a hat in your closet, as you can set lighter items on top of it. These hat boxes are also relatively inexpensive, as you can just buy a storage box from a box store that your hat will fit in, or purchase a specially designed box for your hat. Since it is only made out of thick cardboard, it won't set you back more then five to ten dollars. You should also consider keeping the box the hat came in when you first bought it.
Shaped like plastic cases you store drums in, hat drums are used to store and protect different types and sizes of hats. These drums are relatively bulky, but are good to replace those hat boxes that have begun piling up if you happen to have a lot of hats. You can store them in your closet or some storage area and they won't be susceptible to weather or bugs due to their plastic outside. This also makes them relatively durable and safe to ship. However, they are also a bit more expensive to purchase, as they actually have to be manufactured for this specific purpose of storing hats.
Vintage Hat Boxes
Vintage hat boxes are round boxes with a zipper in the middle. They often have vinyl on the outsides of them and some sort of pattern sewn on the inside, making them like a comfortable old-fashioned place to store your cap with a brim. They are ideal for traveling with very nice hats in tow. Due to all of these extra features, however, these vintage hat boxes are relatively expensive to own, meaning you have to be a serious old style hat owner to have one or just a collector of vintage hat boxes.
You can also designate a shelf in your closet or bedroom for all of your hats, lined up in a row, so that you can easily choose from them and they can be properly displayed for everyone to see. This is a more modern way to store hats and also one that takes up a lot of space, as most real hat wearers don't have a shelf to display their hats upon. However, this is a unique way to store your hats that will cost you little to no money.