Most of us probably don’t spend much time thinking about the clothes hangers that we’re using in our closets. We may be using those old-fashioned wire hangers that we bring home from the dry cleaners, or we may use some that are much fancier. But the ideal clothes hanger is one that fits our needs and helps us keep our clothes in good condition for the long haul.
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Wooden clothes hangers for coats and suits
For you coats and heavier clothing, wooden hangers are ideal. They’re sturdy and will support those clothes that are more substantial. I’ve always used wooden hangers in our coat closet simply because coats are just too bulky and heavy to use anything else in my opinion. Nothing annoys me more than to hear hubby get upset because his coat slipped off a flimsy hanger. I decided it was better for my sanity – and for peace in the house – to simply make the investment in good wooden hangers which we’ve been using for years now.
Non-slip clothes hangers
Non-slip hangers are the workhorse hangers of most closets. Most are either coated with a velvet type of material or a non-slip plastic coating so that the items you hang up remain on the hanger. This is especially important for those light weight items like tank tops, flowy tunics, and strappy dresses or shirts.
Personally, I do not hang my sweaters. I’ve found that most sweaters just don’t hold their shape long-term when they’re hung up and they begin to droop and you also get that dreaded “hanger shoulder”. However, I have friends who absolutely swear that using padded hangers keeps their sweaters in pristine shape. It’s just not my preference. If you’re in the market for padded hangers here are some pretty ones that are thick enough to keep that ugly little dent from forming in the shoulders of your favorite sweater.
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I’ve always been partial to separates. I like being able to mix and match and create more outfits from separate pieces. This gives me the flexibility to dress items up and down depending on my mood and occasion. I’ve always liked to hang up my skirts because I’m a bit of an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of girl and if I can see what I have I’m more likely to use it.
There are different types of skirt hangers depending on your needs. Personally, I’ve always liked the ones that let me put about six different skirts on the same hanger to save space.
Pants are an exception to my rule about preferring things hanging where I can see them. I’ve never been as much of a fan of pants since I’ve always preferred skirts. For that reason I’ve always folded my pants an kept them in a drawer.
But for my friends who wear pants everywhere and have pants for different occasions, pants hangers are a lifesaver. You’ll want a specialty hanger that will support their weight and that has clips that won’t leave a mark or crease.
Lastly, don’t forget about your accessories. There are lots of great hangers to hold your collection of scarves, belts, ties (for hubby) and purses. If you’ve got plenty of hanging space then there’s no reason you can’t utilize every inch of it efficiently.
Related: Higher Hangers