How To Use A Lanyard For Keys

The most important function of a lanyard is to display badges, Identification cards, and tickets. But did you know that you can use a lanyard for keys?

The best lanyard can keep your keys safe and easy to access. However, lanyards come in diverse designs, sizes, materials, and purposes. The best material, however, is premium polyester. Polyester is easy-to-maintain, affordable, and durable.

Most students and office workers prefer these idyllic safety neck accessories to prevent their keys from getting lost. Ordinarily, a user can either place the lanyard around the neck or wrap it around the wrist.

How to Use a Lanyard for Keys

If you have a lanyard, you should understand how to use them correctly. You can anchor your keys securely on a lanyard with the correct step-by-step process.

Here are the precise steps to follow.

Step 1: Inserting keys on the key ring

The first step before you use a lanyard for keys is to insert your keys in the keyring.

How do you achieve this?

What you need – a staple remover and a 1-inch or 1 ¼-inch key ring.

  • Insert the staple remover teeth to pinch the ring
  • Slide the teeth close to the keyring end to widen the insertion allowance
  • Insert the keys one by one until you have all the keys intact
  • Remove the staple remover and slide all the keys through the keyring

Note: Most people use their nails to insert the keys in the keyring. Though, this is not the correct way to achieve this. You risk getting hurt or even breaking your nails.

Step 2: Checking the key attachment

The next step is to locate the key attachment slot on the lanyard. This slot comes in different designs and sizes.

So, insert your keys if the lanyard has a key chain hook or clip.

Usually, there are two steps involved.

  • Press the hook handle
  • Insert the keyring (with your bunch of keys) in the lanyard attachment hook

If the lanyard does not have a key attachment hook, you can improvise a loop to hold the key chain/keyring.

Additionally, you might have to replace the carabiner if it has a loose retention sidekick. You risk losing your keys with a loose sidekick. Consider a strong retention sidekick carabiner.

Step 3: Wearing the lanyard

You can wear the lanyard around your neck after the key chain is securely attached in position. Check and make sure that the lanyard sits comfortably around your neck.

Step 4: Adjusting the lanyard

If the lanyard does not fit precisely, you can increase or decrease the length of the strap. You can do this if the lanyard has an adjustable designed strap. The ideal lanyard strap length is about 30 cm (12-inches).

If you have a lanyard that doesn’t have an adjustable design, you can rip off the existing stitches and adjust the length of the strap before you sew new stitches.

The correct position should, however, match your preference. Some users prefer the keys to hang around the torso, while other users prefer the keys around the chest close to the chin.

Pro Tips to Remember:

  1. There are four crucial factors you need to constantly check before you begin using a lanyard.
  2. Always use a lanyard that does not scar/bruise your skin. Polyester and Nylon are two ideal materials
  3. Ensure that the lanyard hook/key chain clip is fitted firmly onto the strap. Thus to avoid losing your keys
  4. A metal key chain clip is an ideal choice than a plastic key chain clip. This is because metal is a sturdy material that will not break over time.
  5. As a safety precaution, always remember to remove the lanyard whenever you are doing physical activities. Physical activities might include working outdoors, exercising, or working in a manufacturing plant/workshop.

How to Stop Keys from Jingling in Lanyard

Keys will often jingle when placed in a lanyard. Mostly if they are naked.

However, you can stop them from jingling with the correct step-by-step guide.

What you will need: Silicone key blade covers or Rubber key cap cover tags

Removing the keys from the key chain

The first step is to remove all the keys from the key chain.

Insert the silicone key blade covers cover tags

These silicone key blade covers are installed on the key’s blade.

  • Hold the key head and gently slide down the silicone key blade covers along the key’s blade
  • Make sure that the silicone key blade cover fits the entire key blade

Inserting the keys on the key chain/ring

Insert the keys on the key chain using a staple remover.

How to go about it.

  • Insert the staple remover teeth to widen the insertion allowance
  • Slide the teeth close to the keyring end
  • Insert the keys one after the other
  • Slide all the keys through the keyring

Check if the keys are jingling

The final step is to test whether the keys are jingling after all the keys are inserted in the key chain.

If they are still jingling, you can try to use the rubber keycap covers.


Lanyards are the perfect alternatives used to keep your keys, tickets, and Identification cards safe.

Before you use a lanyard for keys, you should understand the necessary procedure to follow. Fortunately, the above guide has looked at the Do’s and Don’ts of lanyard key strap holders.

If you did not know how to correctly use these accessories, you need not worry anymore. This article has looked at how to use a lanyard for keys as well as the step-by-step guide to adding key rings to lanyards.

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