What Types of Hooks to Use in a Shower?

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What Types of Hooks to Use in a Shower?
Most hooks for the shower, but not all, require a glass stall door. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Hooks installed in the shower are convenient for hanging washcloths, sponges or anything else with a loop or tie. Hooks are also handy for hanging towels, swimsuits or clothing that need to drip dry. Many types of hooks are available for the household shower stall: permanent ceramic hooks, through-the-shower door hooks, metal or plastic over-the-door hooks or waterproof, adhesive hooks. Some hooks require extensive installation, but others require no special tools and can be removed at a later date should the hook no longer be required.

Ceramic Hooks or Through-the-Door Hooks

Ceramic hooks have a tile size base, allowing the hook to be installed in the shower stall like a tile. One tile must be removed from the shower stall so the ceramic hook and base can be installed with the use of a thinset tile mortar, which is applied beneath the hook base and acts as a kind of cement. The Tile Doctor website suggests using duct tape to hold tile, or, in this case, to hold the ceramic hook in place. Ceramic hooks can only be applied to tiled stalls and possibly stone stalls. Through-the-door hooks, sometimes called robe hooks, are inserted through the glass of the shower door. Unless you have glass and tile skills, both ceramic hooks and robe hooks should be installed by professional services to avoid costly mistakes.

Over-the-Door Hooks

Over-the-door hooks for showers are made of plastic, chrome or stainless steel. Purchase a quality hook that won't rust when exposed to moisture over a long period. Over-the-door hooks feature one hook that hangs over the interior or exterior of the shower door or a series of hooks. Some of these hooks also feature shower caddies used for storage in addition to the hooks used for towels or washcloths. Over-the-door hooks slide snugly or loosely over the glass, depending on the door construction. Some hooks have rubber pads that grip the glass, eliminating sliding. An over-the-door hook that is too loose or moves can be remedied by placing an adhesive pad under the hook. Over-the-door hooks are a type of hook that can be used on any glass shower door.

Waterproof Adhesive Hooks

Adhesive hooks work like suction-backed shower hooks, only they don't fall off when the temperature changes or too much humidity builds in the stall. Many different companies manufacture adhesive shower hooks that are waterproof and hold up to about 2.27kg. Remove the backing from the adhesive pad on the back of the hook. Position the hook over the shower wall or door where desired. Press the adhesive pad firmly to the wall or door. These types of hooks can be used on any shower stall material.

Over-the-Shower Head Hooks

Over-the-shower head hooks are commonly used to hold storage caddies. The plastic hook is usually S-shaped. The smaller curve clamps over or around the shower head pipe while the longer hook hangs down over the shower stall wall for holding washcloths, towels or a storage caddie. These types of hooks work in any shower but typically break faster than other hooks due to stress from usage.

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