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Hangers, hangers, everywhere, and so many to choose from!

It’s nice to have such variety in clothes hangers, isn’t it? They are, after all, such an important part of our wardrobes.

But there’s a reason behind this variety, and it’s not just commercial or aesthetic; it’s also purpose-driven. Many a beautiful dress has been ruined, or a woolen top stretched beyond redemption, because it was hung on the wrong hanger.

So that you don’t end up ruining any of your clothes, we’ve put together a mini-guide for you to pick up the most-suited hangers for your purpose each time.

Which kind of hangers you should opt for depends entirely on what you want the hangers for. Start by determining the sizes of the clothes you want to hang and the space for doing so in your wardrobe.

Here’s some information on some of the most popular hangers and what they are best suited for.

Wooden Hangers

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Wooden hangers are extremely versatile. There’s nothing that you can’t hang on them and they continue to be of use even when you’ve grown tired of them in your wardrobe.

Some of their most common uses:

-For all your formal clothing (Shirts, blouses, blazers, skirts, trousers)

-For all your casual clothing (T-shirts, skirts, jeans, dresses, sweatshirts, hoodies)

-For all your heavy clothing (Coats and blazers)

-For your nightwear

-For your towels and bathrobes

-For all your kids’ clothing

Wooden hangers may not be the best for:

-Woolens

-Stretchable fabrics

-Very delicate fabrics

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If you don’t want to buy separate hangers for them, your lingerie and other intimate clothing can also be hung on wooden hangers.

Hangers with Clips

These are ideal for sorting and organizing bottomwear.

-Trousers

-Skirts

-Shorts

-Lingerie

-Swimwear

-Kids’ bottomwear

Not ideal for:

-Heavy clothing

-Woolen clothing

-Upper body wear

P.S. You could also hang your boots on them!

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Plastic Hangers

Plastic hangers are as good as wooden hangers in terms of versatility, but not so much in terms of sturdiness.

So consider these hangers to be just a rung below wooden hangers. Almost everything that can be hung on plastic hangers can also be hung on wooden hangers, but not the other way round.

Plastic hangers will take care of most of your everyday, formal, as well as special clothing. They are also better than wooden hangers for stretchable fabrics, though they too may not be ideal for this purpose.

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Overall, plastic hangers are best suited for:

-Light-weight fabrics such as cotton, polyester, linen, silk, and satin

-Woolens

-Kids’ clothes

-Dresses

Not ideal for:

-Heavy clothing (may creak under the pressure over long-term use)

-Woolen clothing (may lead to stretching of the fabric)

-Body-hugging clothing (again, due to stretching)

-Clothing with straps (unless it’s very light and the hanger has hooks to accommodate the straps)

Padded Satin Hangers

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Your lovely evening dresses with delicate straps need to hang on material that is equally delicate and can hold the clothes snugly in place.

Colorful satin hangers don’t just preserve the delicacy and shape of your precious fabrics, they also glam up your wardrobe.

They are best-suited for:

-All your delicate fabrics – silk, satin, lace, wool

-Party dresses

-Lightweight shirts and tops

-Shrugs and light cardigans

-Lingerie

-Night clothing

Not ideal for:

-Any heavy clothing

-Woolen clothing

-Formal clothing

Pearl hangers can be another glamorous and useful addition to your wardrobe.

Metal or Wire Hangers

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Wooden, plastic, and metal hangers all can be used to hang a variety of clothes, including kids’ clothes. However, if your kids are very young, you may want to opt for smaller-sized metal and plastic hangers.

The metal hangers would be perfect for:

-Kids’ shirts, jerseys, and sweaters

-Little girls’ frocks, tunics, and pajamas

-Accessories such as scarves and belts

-Lightweight shirts

-Summer dresses

Not ideal for:

-Heavy clothing (the shape of the hangers may bend over longer use, unless the material is very sturdy)

-Woolens (may stretch the fabric)

-Any stretchable fabrics

Clothes-Specific Hangers

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Though you can hang your favorite cotton dress on a wooden or a plastic hanger, you do have the choice of opting for hangers specifically designed for this purpose. Similarly, there are available in the market specialty hangers for:

-Your bikinis and all other swimwear

-Your neck ties

-Your scarves

-Your belts

-Multiple trousers

That’s just a taste of what’s out there. If you’re big on accessories or are the kind who insists on separate storage for all your little wearable items, you might want to invest in the above. Just one tie hanger can take care of all your neckties. That won’t just save space and look tidy in your wardrobe, you will also be able to find what you want without any hassle.

For Your Precious Jewelry

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You’re in a hurry and simply can’t locate your pear studs. It’s a distressingly familiar story. We keep misplacing our little trinkets all the time.

If you like your necklaces and earrings and hate the idea of getting them all tangled up and hence of no use in a hurry, bring home a jewelry organizer.

You can hang it inside your wardrobe and find whatever you need in a jiffy.

To Save Space

If you have a small wardrobe you would ideally want to go for nonslip slim-line hangers over the bigger and chunkier wooden and plastic hangers.

These will keep you clothes wrinkle-free and snugly in place, and also be sturdy enough to take on heavier load.

Thinner plastic hangers, wire hangers, and clipped hangers will also work due to their slim designs.

For those blessed with huge and spacious wardrobes, any kind of hangers would do.

Have any questions about hangers or how to best hang certain fabrics or clothes? Leave a comment and let us know.

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So you think hangers would look out of place in a living room?

There’s immense scope to turn the humble clothes-hangers, usually confined to your wardrobe, into something that attracts attention and commands admiration.

Turn Them into a Centerpiece

There’s no need to buy a new centerpiece for your coffee table. Simply put your clothes hangers together to make one. You’ll need about 20 wooden hangers and some hot glue.

Get rid of the lower bars and cut the hangers neatly in half so that you retain the hooks. Stick all the hangers together with the hooks facing down. The hooks will act as the stand for your new bowl. Place large pebbles or fruits in the bowl and your centerpiece is ready.

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Display this masterpiece proudly in your living room and get ready for compliments and accolades.

Turn Them into Wall Art

You’ll need about 20 – 22 slim-line hangers and black yarn for this. Get rid of the hooks and individually string each of the hangers with the thread.

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Hang your creation on the wall, as shown in the picture above, for a pendulum-like effect. Spread the hangers out (artistically) a little so that the strings remain taut and untangled.

Turn Them into a Coat Rack

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For this, you’ll need a wooden board, 5 – 6 wooden hangers and super glue. Cut the hangers in half and glue them on to the wooden board with the hooks facing down.

The hangers have now been transformed into an elegant coat rack. Feel free to hang your hats, bags, and scarves on it too!

Turn Them into Poster Holders

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Turn your living room into a bohemian wonderland with this one. You’re going to need 4-5 skirt hangers, an equal number of your favorite posters, and some paint or satin ribbons.

Paint the skirt hangers in a color of your choice, or decorate them with satin ribbons that blend in or contrast with the color of the wall, depending on your preference. Hook the hangers on the wall and clip on the posters. Hang the posters in a straight line or in a particular pattern.

 

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Traveled the corners of the world, stayed in the most expensive and luxurious hotels, camped in deserts and rainforests and found solace in cozy cottages. Been there, done that, and I’d still say there’s no place like home.

Our homes are not just places we live, eat and sleep in. They are also an extension of our lives and personalities. No other space has as much significance for me as my home. It therefore becomes imperative for me to love the space I live in. To achieve that, I never let monotony or boredom settle in my home. And you can achieve that too.

There are some surprisingly simple ways to make your home interiors look completely fresh and new. Borrow a few ideas from homes that you have visited and loved and bring your own fresh perspective to things. Stay updated on home décor trends but don’t follow them blindly. Keep a tab on all the thrift stores you have visited and found beautiful home décor pieces in. Also visit art galleries and exhibitions for inspiration. Keep experimenting with home décor ideas and designs. Don’t stop or be disappointed if some of them don’t turn out great. They will only make you a finer interior designer.

Here are fifteen innovative ways to spruce up your interiors and wake up to a new and lovely home.

Switch on the Retro Magic

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Some things never lose their charm. Vintage décor is one such thing; it is timeless. While you might think that adding retro magic to your home would be an expensive affair, most of the time our homes already possess many artworks, heirlooms, and furniture that look like they are from a bygone era.

You only need to turn the spotlight back on them. Couple the antique lamp with a chest purchased from the junk store. Some of the things found in junk stores and flea markets are worthy steals. Keep an eye out for them.

Frame your old black-and-white family photographs in metal or wood and hang them on the wall next to a table lamp. Unused cutlery handed down to you by your grandma can also be used as decorative pieces.

Old trunks piled on top of each other make for unique side tables and transport you to another era. And if you are lucky enough to possess a gramophone and have stored it in the attic somewhere, get it out. Give it a spot of pride in your living room. You have just created a classy corner!

Spice up the Bedroom

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Stir things up in the bedroom with unpredictable colors, prints and designs. Move over the regular square, round, and floating beds. Get a suspended bed to create a dramatic impact and lots of floor space. If that seems too adventurous to you experiment with colors and textiles in your bedroom to give it a fresh look. Couple ethnic prints with contemporary ones, and soft muted shades with a burst of color, to add depth and dimension to your bedroom. Metallic shades are all a rage this year. Buy gold-laced cushions for your bedroom to create a regal feel.

Bathe in Style

What is a bathroom without a bathtub? Invest in this one luxurious piece to redefine the look of your bathroom. Chuck the usual bathtub for something classic and different like the wooden bathtub in the picture above and bathe in style.

Invest in Multi-storage Furniture

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Invest in furniture that is the perfect blend of comfort and design to derive maximum utility from it and also to keep your interiors spacious. A dining table with a sliding top that transforms into a pool table? You definitely want to consider that! Such furniture looks chic and is a great way to make a home look larger as well as more organized.

A Spellbinding Piece of Work

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Artwork can transform the dullest of spaces into something memorable. It could be a work of a popular artist, a wood-paneled mirror in the dining room, or a beaded chandelier. Your options are many. The idea is for it to be so grand that it casts a spell on your visitors, and of course enhances the beauty of the room it is placed in.

Fire up the Interiors

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A beautiful fireplace can transform your home into a stunner. Look to marble, glass, textured tiles and fieldstones to give a facelift to your fireplace. Pay attention to what you place inside the fireplace as well. Think unique firestones and uniquely cut logs. You can also arrange seating around the fireplace, in true vintage style, to impart a grand look to your living room.

It’s All about the Lighting

The right kind of lighting can do wonders for your interiors. Have you noticed how certain rooms have a refreshing effect on you the moment you step into them? Lighting plays a big part in this. Good lighting can lift a room out of darkness, literally and figuratively, and exude a positive energy.

1. Use a Variety of Lights and Lamps

Four lamps are better than two. Pick your lamps in gorgeous colors and unique shapes. Switch them on and off according to your moods and to create the desired ambience.

2. Versatile Lighting

If having too many light sources is not a feasible option then opt for those that are versatile and can go from dim to bright as you want.

3. Light up Unexpected Places

Incorporate back lighting in unexpected places. Under-the-stair lighting looks fab and can glam up your interiors. Opaque glass window panes with soft light focused on them looks ethereal.

Splash Some Color

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While a room painted white is always classic and never boring, this season home décor is all about colors- fresh, dark, and royal colors that give your home a wow factor. Here are a few suggestions on how to use colors the right way.

1. If your house is painted in one color, mark out one wall in each room and paint it in a different, preferably contrasting, color. This will impart a sophisticated look to the room.

2. Introduce gray, the new neutral, in your home. It works fabulously with both bold colors like yellow and red as well as with softer shades like mauve and violet. Use it as a background for a king-size mirror or combine it with navy blue in the library to create rooms you will never want to leave.

3. Red and tan look rich and royal with wooden furniture but can be a risk in homes with contemporary decor. In such settings they should be used as accent pieces.

Create an Impression at the first Hello

Don’t ignore the exterior of your house. Create an impression at the first hello. Create a unique front door that catches people’s fancy. Give it a personality. A fun, warm, and cheery door would make people want to visit you. You can achieve this by a creative play of colors, patterns and accents.

Unconventional Arrangements of Flowers

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While regular flower arrangements in lovely vases are very appealing, they can hardly be called unique. Think of uncommon flowers and arrange them in unconventional containers. Measuring devices like vials, test tubes and beakers can serve as beautiful containers for flowers. So can conches, surrounded by seashells. Combine rarely used varieties like hibiscus and marigold with roses and hydrangeas in your flower arrangements to create an oriental feel. It will be a true delight for the senses.

Reduce the Clutter

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Interiors containing a million things fighting for space will look congested and off-putting. Reducing the clutter and storing things the smart way is how you keep your home looking tidy and beautiful.

Think of the unused spaces in your rooms and if they can be utilized for additional storage. Space under the stairs can be used to store books, clothes, and other items that you do not need on a regular basis. Use hanging organizers to neatly store your accessories, which otherwise lie all over the place. Make maximum utilization of baseboard drawers in the kitchen. You will have much neater and nicer rooms.

Don’t Ignore the Floor

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Do not underestimate the power of a beautiful floor. If you have no plans of changing the now old and dull flooring in your house, make use of rugs and carpets to bring it to life. You have a myriad of options available in different shapes, colors, textures and fabrics. Pick the ones that will best complement your existing home décor.

Condition Your Furniture to Restore its Glory

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Before you decide to get rid of your old furniture, consider conditioning it. Leather and vinyl furniture must be cleaned and conditioned twice a year to prevent it from drying and cracking, especially if it is exposed to light and dust. Furniture conditioning is easier on pocket and will leave your furniture looking gleaming new.

Add Depth to Your Decor

Add depth and dimension to your décor by including skirted furniture like ottomans and divans in your living room. This will lend warmth, as well as an exotic charm, to the room.

Convert the space below the staircase into a cozy corner or a library. Bring the indoors and outdoors closer by installing glass doors and windows in the kitchen.

Move Your Best Pieces Around

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Most of us have tried this one, but for all those who still haven’t here is a tip that is cheap and always effective. Try shuffling up your home décor a little. Take off that family photograph from the living room wall and hang it in your kids’ room. Remove that beautiful piece of art from the guest room and bring it into spotlight by placing it in the living room. Add a few more artworks around the piece and you have your creative corner right there.

This is easy to do, inexpensive and makes your interiors look new every single time.

To Sum it Up

I hope these tips have been helpful and you feel inspired now to take on the task of giving your interiors a fresh look. Before you start though, do some more research and browse through Pinterest for more ideas. Once you have enough material, develop a strategy to revamp your interiors. Don’t start till you know what you are getting into, especially if it involves spending money or making physical alterations to your place. But once you are clear about the way you want to proceed, happy times await you. Have fun redecorating!

 

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