Quickly out of the house in the morning, quickly away with friends, just quick to go jogging. One is always there: the key . You usually have a whole collection, ranging from car and mailbox keys to house and apartment keys. Everyone knows how uncomfortable searching can be. Nobody leaves the house without their key. That's why it's worth filing in a fixed place .

Key storage, board and box are possible in different variants. The selection is based on different criteria: The design of the entrance, the safety factor and your own taste are decisive.

At a glance:

Little history of key storage

Ever since it has existed, the question has been: where to put the key? The first keys have been handed down as early as the late Bronze Age . They were found in the Alps. In the pile-dwelling settlements, robust locking systems made of wood based on bolts were devised. Finding the key was solved by its size: back then, a key was between 30 and 50 centimeters in size.

Keys were used in ancient Greece from around the 7th century BC. 1000 BC Bronze temple keys appeared that were not inferior in size to the keys of the Bronze Age and were carried on the shoulder at a good 50 centimeters.

A safety advance were the since the 5th century BC. BC used Laconian keys, which were forged from iron and provided with a beard. With a maximum length of 14 centimeters, these keys were already significantly smaller.

Celtic iron keys then already have a minimum length of 6 centimetres. However, larger forms such as finds of keys around 30 centimeters from around 450 BC were probably more common. prove.

In Roman times , 6-centimeter keys were already much more common. They were also worn as a ring, which indicates that the ancient Romans were already familiar with the search for house and chest keys. In the Middle Ages , the small key shapes were largely preserved. Only symbolic keys for gates or church portals were made more massive.

Carrying keys on the body has been common since the first keys. Later, the bunch of keys, which combined several keys, appeared. Boxes for storing keys probably already existed in ancient times. They have not been handed down. They were probably made of wood. Key boards are also intuitively obvious. In rural areas, the simple board, nicely decorated, was often used for other important things.

Only with the advent of urban life and the advancement of technology did locking systems with multiple keys appear. Later, there were large key boxes from factories and offices, in which all the keys were clearly arranged. In the upcoming rented apartment, a simple key board or box could be installed directly on the door in the entrance area, so that the key was always ready to hand when you needed it.

Theme with variations: shelf, board or box?

Key custody can be resolved in a number of ways. Three variants have proven themselves to this day: the shelf, the board and the key box. They are made from a wide variety of materials and come in a variety of shapes. All three options can be found in a nostalgic design or in appealing minimalist versions made of wood, metal and plastic to match your own style, the furnishings and the intended use.

  • Key trays come in a variety of shapes. The base is usually a shell that can be round, oval or square. A space is usually required for key racks. Narrow tables or vertiko are possible, some also combine their wardrobe with a shelf for the key.
  • In their simplest form, key hangers are simply an iconic hook. Intuitively, the key is attached when you come home and taken with you when you leave. Wood is the preferred material for hanging key racks. The hooks can also be made of wood or metal. In addition to the minimalist design, there are rustic regional to historicizing baroque forms. The advantage over shelves: You can see at first glance which keys are available or "on the way".
  • In addition to clarity, key boxes also offer a high level of security. Simply designed, high-quality boxes can appear like an art object. Anything is possible between rough industrial style and art deco shapes. Lockable boxes made of metal or wooden boxes with glass fronts complement workspaces and clearly structured entrance areas.

5 advantages of key boards at a glance

If you want to clarify the ultimate storage of your key, you can use key racks or key boxes if a tray alone does not do the trick. A board for the key has five advantages in any case:

  • 1. The key has a fixed place . A routine of filing can be developed. Searching for or forgetting keys is a thing of the past.
  • 2. Key racks allow you to organize different keys for the car, mailbox, bicycle, cellar and apartment. Spare keys can also be stored neatly and tidily.
  • 3. In families or shared flats, you keep track of things and can see at a glance who is at home and who is out and about.
  • 4. For the office, workshop or for rentals, key holders offer important organizational support if they are chosen in the appropriate size.
  • 5. Key racks fulfill an aesthetic function and allow order to be established in a room. Entrance areas in particular are often small and quickly become confusing. Less is more here: A minimalist board for keys gives a room structure and visual size.

Form follows function – convincing design

Quality scores in the details. This means well thought-out overall design, material and processing. Clear, narrow lines allow a wide range of possible combinations . A minimalist designed key box adapts to its surroundings. It becomes part of the architecture. This is an aspect that makes up its sustainability . Ornamental or nostalgic key holders tend to become conspicuous individual pieces with limited compatibility.

A minimalist design clearly follows function. Its simple shapes emphasize the structure of the material and testify to craftsmanship. The deliberate reduction justifies the longevity of the product. Over the years, a key board becomes more and more beautiful. It darkens over time and acquires a unique patina that disposable products will never achieve. With this philosophy, MBK12 competes in general and especially with key boards. Real, solid wood is jewelry in itself and does not require any applied decoration. Especially not with key boards.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about key racks

Why are plain key holders better?

Less is more. Decor and ornaments are often fashionable and outdated, then they are replaced. Clear forms are compatible and write their own history.

How do you care for wooden key racks?

It is perfectly sufficient if regular dust is wiped. If you set up key racks without decorations, they do not become dust collectors and are easy to clean. Over time, the natural material wood darkens. He gets an individual imprint.

Which is better, key box, shelf or board?

Depending on your own requirements and function, you can opt for open storage for a single bunch of keys, for a board for several keys or a family, and for a lockable key box model if additional security is required.

How are key boards attached?

Floating key racks attach directly to the wall. Depending on the model and load, the use of a drill may be necessary.

When do key boards need to be replaced?

Key boards that have become outdated or are made of inferior material are subject to wear and tear. High-quality wood with a long service life and professional processing can last forever. With MBK12 we score with the classic hardwood oak.

Who are key boards suitable for?

Key boards and boxes can be used in private living areas, in the workshop or in the office. It mainly depends on the size.

July 10, 2021 — Markus Schroer