Most of us are familiar with hangers—a simple, helpful tool used to hang clothes. Originally invented as a space-saving device and used by aristocrats, hangers have made their way into everyday life for most of the world.
Most clothes hangers are inexpensive and readily available at big box stores or online. Often hangers are not items people think about very often at all.
With the exception of closet connoisseurs who buy hangers based on aesthetics, most people buy plastic hangers in bulk, use freebies from the dry cleaners, or whatever hand-me-down hangers are on hand with little thought about hanger type or quality. The problem with randomly acquiring hangers is that hangers matter, and it is important to understand why.
First, let's get into the types of hangers and what effect they may have on clothing.
Plastic hangers are a common choice due to availability and low cost, but they don't last long. The plastic construction breaks easily and takes up tons of space in the closet.
Wire hangers are typically very cheap. These are the hangers dry cleaners give away for that very reason; they are inexpensive and cost-effective as giveaways. Wire hangers are made of thin wire twisted into a hook at the top.
These hangers are not durable and often lose their shape when heavier garments hang on them. Other issues with wire hangers include how the thin structure and hard wire can deform clothing and wire hangers can rust over time.
Velvet hangers are commonly used to save space due to their flat, thin design. They are often used as a no-slip way to hang lightweight clothing. Velvet hangers are typically reasonably priced. One common complaint about hangers covered in velvet is color transference. If the velvet is not properly processed before use, the color of the velvet may transfer to your clothing.
Wooden hangers are constructed with wider arms and a strong, long-lasting form, allowing clothes to hang without creasing. However, not all wooden hangers are created equal. The quality of the hanger can make a big difference in the life of the hanger and its effect on your clothing.
Cheap wooden hangers feel light and may not be constructed using durable, quality materials such as cedar or rosewood. Some less expensive versions of wooden hangers feel as if they are made from medium-density fiberboard MDF.
Low-quality wood hangers is a rough texture causing damage to clothing. Another issue consumers have with lower-quality wooden hangers is hanger construction. The hook is likely to detach from the wooden base of the hanger.
Quality wood hangers feel heavy and durable. They have smooth finishes and quality construction, including a securely attached hook and pants locking bar embedded inside the wooden structure.
In addition, the hook is securely in place, allowing you to turn the hanger hook in the desired direction without worrying that it will detach from the hanger base.
Quality wooden hangers are designed to last a lifetime. Made with materials such as cedar, cherry, beechwood, or rosewood. Wooden hangers are finished with a smooth finish that will not damage clothing.
Due to the shape of the hangers, clothes will stay on when using the appropriate wood hanger for each garment.
Wooden hangers are designed to help maintain the original shape of garments. In addition, wooden hangers keep their shape over time, maintaining their ability to hang clothes evenly. The support and shape mirroring effect of well-constructed wooden hangers help clothes last longer by avoiding stretching and misshaping items.
Solid wood hangers are much more eco-friendly than plastic or wire hangers. Hangers made from plastic or wire are not recyclable. Wooden hangers are made from natural materials built to last a lifetime. Using wooden hangers reduces waste and the use of harmful plastics.
Available in different colors and tones, wooden hangers are a beautiful addition to an upscale closet design.
High-quality wooden hangers can naturally repel bugs and moths from clothing. Using natural wood hangers can save your clothing from damage when storing clothing, such as winter coats or rarely worn suits, away for months at a time.
Wooden hangers work well for all types of clothing. Built to preserve shape and hold clothing in place, all materials, weights, or styles of clothing benefit from being hung on wooden hangers.
Higher-quality wooden hangers require less maintenance but wooden hangers, in general, are low maintenance. However, you can take a few steps to preserve the quality and life of your hangers, such as a simple periodic maintenance routine of cleaning and dusting the wood.
Flimsy, inexpensive hangers can affect the condition of your clothes, while quality wooden hangers protect the condition of your clothing. Luxury wooden hangers help you create an aesthetically pleasing, practical, and functional closet - but it will be an investment.
If you are hesitant to spend more on wooden hangers, try looking at them as a long-term investment. You can pay once for something that will serve you the rest of your life and help you preserve your clothes for longer wear.
Premium wooden hangers are the best option because not all wooden hangers are created equal. Wood design and quality are significant factors to consider when determining the best hangers to purchase. Other factors include the hook or metal head of the hanger. It needs to be safely designed to stay intact and prevent scratching.
The shoulders of the hanger must be strong enough to support the clothing you need to hang. While notches are not always necessary, it is nice to select a hanger design with notches to help keep straps in place, preventing clothing from falling. Hangers with a supportive horizontal bar make hangers versatile for hanging many clothing styles, including pants.
With the right hangers, you can make a wardrobe that looks professional and inviting - no matter which storage option you choose.
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