Our master bedroom closet organizers have helped Sioux Falls homes go from disastrous to dazzling. One of the questions we often get from homeowners is how best to store clothes in the closet once their design is complete. Sliding belt and tie racks offer great solutions for your accessories, but the clothes you wear on a daily basis require a little more love. There are actually several different types of hangers you should invest in to keep your wardrobe secure and prevent annoying shoulder puckering. Here are our recommendations for your closet to get the best results post-design.
1. Shirt Hangers
Shirt hangers should have divots or rubber-tipped ends to keep tank tops and silky fabrics from sliding off. We recommend the Proman Kascade Hangers ($65) because they are sturdy and also have swivel hooks with loops that allow you to link hangers vertically to save space. These are sold in packs of 50, so you really get your money’s worth. Comparable options include The Container Store’s Basic Natural Wood Hangers ($8) that can be purchased in smaller quantities
2. Pant Hangers
Pant hangers should have trouser bars to keep your slacks from falling off. Thicker bars equal less creasing, which is the best way to keep your slacks in good shape. Some of our favorite pant hangers are these Luxury Wooden Felted Trouser Bar Hangers ($40) from Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project, which are designed with a thick felt bar to keep all your pants in pristine condition. These actually grip fabrics better than standard locking bar hangers, so they are an ideal option for use both at home and while traveling. While these are more expensive hangers, the high quality materials and anti-crease pant bar really make them a worthwhile investment. These even come in three different wood finishes, so you can choose the one that matches your closet.
3. Sweater Hangers
Sweater hangers need to be in a category of their own because they are specifically designed to prevent shoulder puckering and dimpling, which commonly appear on soft knit fabrics when they are not stored properly. Often the shoulder flare is a little narrower for sweaters compared to wider shirt hangers. This also helps protect the integrity of the fabric. Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project makes Luxury Wooden Sweater and Polo Hangers ($15) with shoulder flocking to help fabrics stay on the hanger.
4. Skirt Hangers
Skirt hangers should always have rubber-coated clips to avoid dimpling the fabric. We like these Ebony Chrome Add-On Hangers ($12) from Whitmor. They come in packs of two and have black vinyl-coated steel clips with add-on hooks, so you can drape your skirts vertically (very much like the Proman hangers) to save space.
5. Suit Jacket Hangers
There are a few things to look for with suit jacket hangers: you want a fully contoured profile that mimics the outline of your jacket, wide shoulder flares (typically 2 – 2.5 inches), and built-in felted trouser bars. According to Real Men Real Style, “the hanger should extend all the way to – but not beyond – the point where the shoulder meets the sleeve.” Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project wins again with their Luxury Wooden Suit Hanger ($30). It meets all the criteria to maintain a natural drape to your suit jackets and comes in four widths so you can get the perfect fit every time.
If your shirts keep falling off their hangers, it might be time to invest in something more permanent. Not only will upgraded hangers look nice, but they also help protect your clothes and keep them in ready-to-wear condition for the life of the hanger. Follow us on Facebook for more home organization tips and tricks, or contact us for a completely free in-home design estimate.