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Disorder is a thorn in the side for many of us and if the key can't be found, it increases the bad mood. A key holder provides a remedy: whether with hooks or magnetically, the key will always be in the same place and you save yourself unnecessary searching.

With our big key holder test 2021 we would like to help you with your decision. We have compared various key holder and written down the most important questions and answers for you to make your decision easier. Enjoy reading!




Summary

  • A key holder is a storage space for all your keys and those of your flatmates. It gives your keys a fixed place and keeps them tidy.
  • Keyboards come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The types are divided into key holder with hooks or magnetic key boards.
  • How you mount your key holder depends on your preferences. Basically, there are nails, screws or glue. In addition, you can decide whether you want a key holder with or without a shelf.

The Best Key Holder: Our Picks

The selection of key holders is very large. That's why we have tested models for you and noted their advantages and disadvantages. This will give you an overview.

Key holder: buying and evaluation criteria

Each of us has different ideas about the perfect key holder, and so there are also the most diverse models and types. To make your decision easier, we have listed the most important criteria.

Size

From narrow boards with dimensions of 30 x 8 x 7 cm to large boards with a length of more than 40 cm, there is something for everyone!

The size of your key holder determines how many keys you can hang up later and whether you also have a shelf. It also depends on how much space you have for this board.

These specifications are for guidance only. Key holders come in a wide variety of sizes and dimensions to meet every need.

Many manufacturers also offer you personalised boards that are exactly the size you want. This gives you flexibility in the size of your key holder.

Mounting

It is important to mount your key holder securely to ensure its durability and to prevent it from falling down. It is important to take the total weight into account. The types of mounting are described in the following section.

Assembly with nails

When mounting with nails, the key holder is simply nailed with a hammer to the place where it should hang. This method convinces with the fact that the key holder is connected to the wall by the nails. The nails provide stability and support so that it can also bear a lot of weight.

Advantages
  • Stable mount
  • Durable hold
Disadvantages
  • Precision required for mounting
  • Leaves holes in wall
  • Not suitable for every wall

When mounting, however, you must make sure that the surface is suitable for nails. Otherwise, the key holder can tear out with the nails and break. In addition, nails leave unsightly holes in the wall, but these can be plugged.

Mounting with screws

The key holder can be mounted with a drill according to a principle similar to that of nails and hammers. Here, screws are drilled into the wall and hold the key holder. Screws can also be unscrewed if they are mounted incorrectly, unlike nails.

Due to their shape, they also have more resistance than nails and thus provide more stability and durability, so that your key holder hangs stably.

Advantages
  • More stable than nails
  • Permanent hold
  • Correctable
Disadvantages
  • Requires equipment (drill or spanner)
  • Not suitable for every wall
  • Leaves holes

Screws also leave holes in the wall. Also, not every surface is suitable for screws. In addition, it is rather tedious to drill screws into the wall with a screwdriver and not everyone has a drill.

Mounting with glue

Mounting with adhesive differs from the types above because nothing penetrates into the wall. Here, an adhesive is usually supplied by the manufacturer with the key holder, but many companies offer adhesives for large objects.

This method is especially suitable for those who want to hang up their key holder without much effort. The adhesive makes it uncomplicated and suitable for many surfaces. In addition, this mounting method does not leave any holes.

Advantages
  • Easy to attach
  • Suitable for many surfaces
  • Does not leave any holes
Disadvantages
  • Stability can decrease
  • Usually requires a continuous surface

Mostly, however, the adhesive needs a continuous surface to adhere. In addition, the adhesive strength can decrease over time and with it the stability, which can be unfavourable with a lot of weight.

Material

When choosing the material for your key holder, it is not only about function, but also about design. Both can be combined.

The classic materials for keyboards are wood, stainless steel, concrete, glass or slate.

The above-mentioned materials are particularly suitable because they are stable and durable. In addition, they are also suitable for shelves and organisers that are also designed for heavier objects.

Materials such as wood, stainless steel or glass come in many different shapes and can thus be chosen to perfectly match your interior design. Plastic is also very versatile and can be easily personalised.

Weight

When it comes to weight, on the one hand you have to consider the weight that your key holder and its hooks will bear. On the other hand, you also have to consider the weight on the wall and your mounting equipment.

For the individual models, you should look at the total load that your key holder can withstand.

Before you mount your key holder, you should think about the total load on the mounting equipment and the wall. There are permissible nails, screws or adhesives for each weight.

Therefore, you should check the weight of each key holder yourself. While some models weigh 70 grams, a key holder made of slate can weigh as much as 3.5 kilograms. Therefore, you should adjust your assembly means to the total weight.

With or without storage system

As an alternative to classic keyboards, there are also some with a storage system. These are particularly suitable for items such as a notebook. In the following section we explain the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Advantages
  • Provides space for most important things
  • Keeps key holder tidy
  • Ideal for multi-person households
Disadvantages
  • Distorts purpose of actual item
  • Requires more space

A key holder with storage system meets the needs of anyone who likes to have other items lying around with keys. There are different types of organisers and they are especially beneficial in multi-person households.

A key holder without a storage system is suitable for people who only want to find keys on their key board. Minimalism and order are in the foreground here. There are no limits to the number of keys and the look.

Key holder: frequently asked questions and answers

The choice of keyboards is huge and not every board suits every user. We have written down the most frequently asked questions and answers about keyboards to solve your questions.

Who is a key holder suitable for?

A key holder is basically suitable for every person who has a key. It can serve as a simple storage for your one house key, but also as an organiser for all household keys and other items such as your mobile phone.

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Even a house key needs a place to be stored. The key holder is perfect for that!
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A key holder is especially suitable if you live with several people and want to keep an overview. A key holder is suitable for every kind of person, whether chaotic or tidy. No matter what kind of person you are, you will always benefit from a fixed place for your keys!

What types of keyboards are there?

Key holder are as different as their owners, but here, too, you can distinguish between two types: Keyboards with hooks and magentic keyboards. In the following section we would like to show you the differences.

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Key holder with hook

A key holder with hooks is one of the more classic models. They are uncomplicated and can be used for any key. In addition, the keys stay in their place in an orderly fashion. Especially in multi-person households, hooks are advantageous for keeping order.

Advantages
  • Suitable for every key
  • Keeps key holder in order
Disadvantages
  • Number of keys is limited
  • Hooks stand out visually

A key rack with hooks has a limited number of keys, which makes it inflexible. In addition, the hooks protrude, which could be visually distracting.

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Magnetic key holder

A magnetic key holder is more unrestricted in its design. It is suitable for people who want to be flexible in the placement of keys or notes. Moreover, it is not immediately recognisable as a key holder, which makes it more discreet in the home. The keys are also easier to place.

Advantages
  • Number of keys is not limited
  • Keys are easy to attach
  • More inconspicuous design
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for every type of key
  • Board can appear untidy

However, with a magnetic key holder, the key must also be magnetic, otherwise it will not stick to the board. In addition, the keys can hang everywhere and thus appear untidy.

How much does a key holder cost?

The prices of keyboards vary greatly and depend on materials, sizes and design. However, there are prices that you can use as a guide.

Type of key holder price
Key holder with hook €4 to €65
Key holder with magnet table €8 to €75

The prices here are for your orientation. Please note that the price can be higher!

What alternatives are there to a key holder?

There are many different alternatives to a key holder. We have listed a few for you. You need to know which one to choose.

Alternative Description
Key box A key box is a small cabinet with a door in which you can store your keys. These are designed to hold lots of keys and keep things tidy.
Individual hooks Compared to keyboards, there are also individual key hooks that you can hang up flexibly. These are not connected to each other. However, you can only hang up one key at a time and may lose track of them.

Whether you choose a classic key holder or one of the alternatives is up to your own preferences and needs.

How do I make my own key holder?

If there's one project you can make yourself, it's the key holder. You can find everything from instructions on how to make a key board from old wooden boards to fruit crates on the internet. We have a tutorial for you on how to make a key holder out of a picture frame.

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Where are my keys again? With a key holder this question is solved.
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  • Preparation: Get a picture frame that matches your desired size. You will also need a cork board, hooks, glue and a spanner or drill.
  • Assembly: Disassemble your picture frame. You only need the frame and the back. Then mark as many holes on the bottom as you need hooks for. Then drill the hooks into them.
  • Cutting the cork board: Cut your cork board to fit the back of the picture frame. Then glue it on top and build the back with the frame together with the cork board to the front.
  • That's it! Now you can hang up your key holder and hang notes on it as well as keys.

Conclusion

As you can see, choosing your key holder is a very personal thing. There are no limits, from the choice of material to the number of keys. You can also orientate yourself on your preferences when it comes to mounting. However, you should decide how many keys you want to hang before you buy. If you want a magnetic board, your keys should be magnetic.

With these considerations in mind, there's nothing standing in the way of your perfect key holder! If you are creative, there are even many possibilities to design a key holder yourself or to find an alternative. The main thing is that your keys have a permanent place!

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