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Hangers are a bit of a necessary evil. People try to get away from them through the use of S hooks or coat hooks, but at the end of the day, you’re still hanging your clothes. And chances are, you’ll end up with one of those annoying stretched, pointy wrinkles in your clothes, ugh.
I know, you’re thinking to yourself, “But Maddison, why can’t we just fold everything?”, and that would be a valid question, but have you ever tried to fold a silk tank top? How about a winter coat? Two vastly different articles of clothing, but both with equally frustrating issues when it comes to folding. I should add, I’m a HUGE fan of folding clothes. But I also realize it has its limitations. So here in this article we’re going to be looking at some of what is available on the market, and what might be the best options out there.
We’ll go ahead and get this one out of the way. I’ve never had a wire hanger that I liked. There are often flimsy and rough on the clothes. Due to the flimsiness, they rarely hold their shape for long. If I happen to come home from a store with one, it quickly goes into the trash, or else is repurposed for some craft project. Here’s a fun article for some ideas at Good Housekeeping. However, I’ve never owned a good wire hanger. In my research into why people might possibly want wire hangers, I came across these from Timmy, and honestly, I’m not even sure if you can call these wire hangers at all. The average wire hanger measures around 1.73 mm, these hangers from Timmy are a whopping 3.2 mm (almost double the thickness!) If you’re a fan of the sustainability of metal and low environmental impact, but are sick of the flimsy cheap wire hangers, you should look into these!
- Pros: Recyclable. Can be cheap if you’re willing to compromise on quality. Space-saving.
- Cons: No grip on clothes. May have issues with wide-neck garments slipping off hanger.
- My Pick:
Classy, at least, that’s what I’ve always thought. Often seen being used with suits in order to bear the weight and maintain the rounded shoulders, they’re particularly durable. This durability will come at the expense of space and money. Wood hangers are often nearly twice as wide as traditional plastic hangers (4x’s as thick as velvet hangers). Depending on the shape desired, they can go up to 2.5 inches wide. If you’re planning on only having wooden hangers, you’ll need to take this into account when planning your closet layout for hanging space.
- Pros: They’re classy and durable
- Cons: They’re very expensive and take up quite a bit of space
- My Pick:
Plastic hangers are what I personally use. They’re cheap and durable enough that I’m not having to replace them every 6 months. Actually, I’m not sure if I’ve ever even broken a plastic hanger. These hangers also come in a variety of designs. If the traditional version without the notches isn’t enough for some of your more slippery and delicate clothes, there are several more designs to choose from. Based on reviews, a lot of people have issues with their plastic hangers breaking. The highest-rated and most positive reviews come from the brand Neaties. They’re not as cheap as you can get them, but they’ll last longer and they’re made in the USA!
- Pros: Cheap and durable
- Cons: Can’t be recycled. Aren’t the classiest looking thing in the world
- My Pick:
As a professional home organizer, the majority of my clients already have velvet hangers. These hangers are appealing because they are very narrow and the velvet helps to grab onto the fabric to prevent the clothes from slipping off. However, I have seen some issues with these hangers that need to be addressed. First off, the velvet clings to the fabric. This often causes users to inadvertently stretch their garment trying to get it on or off the hanger. Second, the hanging hook is made of metal while the body of the hanger is plastic coated in velvet. I’ve had several instances where the hook and body joiner do not support the weight of the garment and break apart. The third issue I’ve seen is the velvet coating wears off onto the clothes leaving velvet dust on the inside of the garment making it uncomfortable to wear. That one hair that manages to get woven into a shirt or bra and subsequent pokes me will distract and annoy me through an entire day. Lastly, if a garment is slightly damp when being hung up, lower quality hangers will transfer the color from the velvet onto the garment.
- Pros: Keeps most lightweight clothes from slipping off the hanger. Very slim and space-saving.
- Cons: Expensive. Can be weak at the joint where hanging hook and body meet. May transfer color and material onto garments.
- My Pick:
Fun story, I went to school with this guy. We were in the same strategic marketing class and this was his new product idea that he and his team worked on. I’d say that class (and probably school at this point) paid for itself because these were a brilliant concept, how had no one thought of this before? But I digress…The concept of these hangers is that they have a lower profile, so the clothes hang closer to the hanging rod allowing for more vertical hanging space, or just space under your clothes. Neat! They’ve expanded their product line to include a biodegradable option as well as the classic plastic and a slim version.
- Pros: Takes up less vertical space. Multiple design options. Eco-friendly option is available.
- Cons: At $1.50 to $2 a hanger (depending on bulk size purchased) these run on the high end
- My Pick:
At the end of the day, we all need a hanger of some sort. I hope you found this article helpful! Come back soon for more blogs! Also, follow me at the links below on Instagram and Facebook for more content!