We bought a Hemnes glass-door cabinet for our living/dining room as our china cabinet. Once we filled it up, we quickly realized how much wasted space there was–especially with our teacups!
I bought white, rubber-coated hooks from the hardware store big enough to comfortably hold the loop of our Crate & Barrel teacups, while still small enough that they wouldn’t easily sway. Then I checked to see if the screw portion of the hooks were short enough to not break through the top-side surface of the shelf.
I took a piece of drywall cut to the same shape of the shelf to use as a tester. Then I measured the center of the shelf and marked the test shelf, spacing hooks 5″ apart length-wise and width-wise, and 0.5″ from the back (the teacups have a diameter of 4″). Marking with a pencil, I made lines going across and then dotted where the hooks would go. I then installed the hooks into the test piece to make sure it had the right look.
Once I was happy with the placement, I carefully measured and lightly marked the actual shelf with pencil. To ensure the hooks would go in straight without stripping too much of the wood, I gently hammered pilot holes using a hammer & nail, removing the nail after creating each hole. Then I proceeded to screw in the hooks at eye level to make sure they were entering straight.