How to Pick the Right Hangers for Your Closet

How to pick between the four most popular styles of hangers.

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #209

Slim Line Hangers – Pros:

Slim line hangers come in a few varieties. They may be smooth plastic, or they may have a rubber or velvet coating to make them slip proof. Regardless of which material they are made of, they have the same advantage of a very slim profile. We personally used these hangers in our RV because they allowed us to fit two to three times as many hangers in the small closet as we could have with plastic tube or wooden hangers. Additionally, the rubber and velvet coated hangers offer a slip-proof feature that keeps even the most slippery of camisoles in place on the hangers.

Slim Line Hangers – Cons:

The downside to these hangers is that they can be pricey, although I’ve found them at Costco and Ross for much less than other stores. The rubbery and velvety coated hangers are also a bit of a hassle for some items. The shoulders and sleeves of shirts can stick to the non-slip coating, which means it might take a little more effort to get your clothes on and off of these hangers compared to the more slippery styles.

Wooden Hangers – Pros:

Wooden hangers are the ones we use in our home closet because they provide a lot of benefits to maintaining the condition of our clothes. They provide structure and support for even the heaviest of clothing items, which allows them to be used for every piece of clothing in a closet. From jeans to suits, wooden hangers will hold up to pretty much anything without becoming stretched or warped. Because they are thicker, wooden hangers also help maintain the shape of your clothes. It’s less likely that you’ll get the “bat-wing” look in the shoulders of your shirts when using wooden hangers because the thicker frame of the hanger provides more support in the shoulder area.

Wooden Hangers – Cons:

The biggest downside to using wooden hangers is that they take up a decent amount of space. Compared to the other three options above, wooden hangers can take up two to three times as much space. That means if you have a smaller closet, or you have a lot of clothes, wooden hangers probably aren’t the best option for your home. The other negative with wooden hangers is also the cost per hanger. They are often the most expensive type of hanger, typically over $1 per hanger, so stocking your entire closet can get pricey.

Having a closet stocked with uniform hangers can provide a clean, organized feel almost immediately. If you’re ready to make the switch and get matching hangers for your closet, knowing which ones will best fit your needs before you go out shopping will help you to save time and money in your closet organizing projects. By considering your lifestyle, your budget, and your storage needs, you can easily find the best hangers for your closet and get started on making the switch.

 Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.