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Choosing Ideal Clothes Hangers

Knowing how to choose the ideal hanger can help people stay organized, protect clothing, and make their closets beautiful.  Each type of hanger is unique and is designed for a specific function.  With all the hanger styles out there, choosing the right ones can get confusing.  This guide can be used to help people decide which clothes hangers will best suit their needs. 

 Size

Choosing the ideal size hanger for a particular type of clothing requires considering a number of different factors related to the size and type of clothing:

  • Thickness – standard hangers are normally ½ “ thick and work well for most clothes. For heavier type clothing like coats, jackets, robes use a 1” thick hanger.
  • Width – hanger width varies according to the size of the clothing. Do not use a hanger that is too large for the garment and stretches the shoulders, also don’t use a hanger that is too small and the shoulders droop. Always try to maintain the original shape of the clothing. Some guidelines include:

    • Childrens hangers – for 0 – 3 years old use a 10” hanger, 3 to 8 years old use a 12” hanger and 9 to early teens use a 14” hanger.
    • Petite women, young men and women and larger children use a 15.5” contour or 16.5” flat hanger
    • Men and Women – use a 16.5” flat or 17” contour hanger
    • Men’s suits and XL  sizes – use a 18.5” contour hanger


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Shape

A hanger’s shape should be considered before purchase and the two basic choices are flat hangers or contoured hangers. Flat hangers are best for saving space because they fit snugly together.  Curved, or contoured, hangers should be used for suits, coats, and dresses.  The design mimics the curvature of the shoulders, helping these more delicate items to keep their shape.   

Use

Hangers are usually designed with a specific function in mind.  Pants hangers, shirt or top hangers, cascading hangers, suit hangers with a pant bar, and skirt hangers all have different designs that work best with their intended articles of clothing. Padded hangers are perfect for lingerie and other lightweight garments. They are covered in satin which prevents snags and some have buttons near the edges to prevent straps from slipping off.  Using hangers for their specific purpose will help to protect clothing from wrinkling, slipping, and damage. 

Needs

Hangers should fulfill the space and display needs of the closet or clothing rack.  Metal hangers are stronger than wire hangers and save just as much space.  Flat hangers that are made to save space can be really helpful in closets that are cramped.  If you need to display or store suits and coats, then contoured wooden hangers are a better choice.  Consider the parameters of the space that the hangers will be used in before you decide.

Style

Style is a personal choice.  Department stores and boutiques should choose hangers that reflect the image of their store.  Wood hangers can really make a closet look beautiful and can be purchased  with a variety of finishes.  For a more contemporary look, consider chrome metal hangers.  Those looking for an economical option find that plastic hangers fulfill their needs. Cedar hangers protect and refresh by absorbing moisture and odors and maintain garment shape at the same time and are also natural pest repellants.




Accessories and Features

Clothes hangers often have accessories or special features that help people to use them in the best way possible.  Pants bars, non-slip grips, non-staining clips, notches, finishes, and velvet coatings can all add value and versatility to a hanger style.  Some hangers have removable or optional clips, cascading hooks, and pants bars that can be used only when they’re needed. Specialty hangers make storing scarves, ties, and even bikinis a snap.  Adjustable hangers fit unique garments, cascading hangers save space, and metal wonder hangers allow individual clothes hangers to be hung on one, collapsible bar. 

When the right hangers are used in the right situations, clothing is protected from wrinkling, tearing, stretching, and falling.   

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