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When your clothes look clean and professional, you do, too.

There’s a reason why the laundry and dry cleaning industry earns $16 billion each year in the United States. That’s not to mention the number of hours you spend washing, pressing, and ironing your clothes.

But if you aren’t hanging your clothes correctly, this time and money goes to waste. Freshly-ironed pants won’t stay wrinkle-free in your closet without proper hangers.

You’re even putting your clothes at risk. Improperly hung pants will likely become damaged and have to be replaced more often. So, besides saving you the hassle of having to re-iron, properly hanging your pants can even save you money.

Not sure if you are using your pants hangers correctly? Read on to see the top five warning signs, and how you can fix them.

1. Using the Wrong Type of Pants Hangers

Picking the wrong type of hanger means that your efforts to hang your pants correctly are already off to a bad start.

If you are using the sort of wire hanger that you get for free from the dry cleaner, you are causing your clothes more harm than good.

These hangers don’t have enough strength to hold a pair of pants over their bottom wire. They will sag very noticeably. As they droop, it means that your pants aren’t being hung over a straight surface.

Instead, they will slide into the center of the curling wire, becoming crumpled. Left overnight, your pants will be a wrinkled mess. Plus, the wire has sharp edges that could easily snag on your pants and cause tears.

There are many different options when it comes to choosing the best hangers for your pants.

Standard Hangers

These are probably what you imagine when you think of a clothes hanger — these hangers with a triangular shape, with a bar on the bottom connecting the two shoulders.

Pants can be hung over the bar. However, a round shape or slippery material like metal means your pants may fall off. A bit of velvet on the bar solves this problem.

Clip and Clamp Hangers

These hangers let you hang the pants straight, without any need to fold. The clips or clamp holds the pants up by the waistband or the cuffs.

The upside to these hangers is that they are easy to use, and there’s no risk of your pants sliding off. Plus, hanging them straight helps reduce wrinkles.

However, you also need to be sure that the clips or clamp is strong enough to hold your pants, but not so strong that it damages the waistband or buttons.

Clip hangers

Follow these steps to hang your pants on a clip hanger properly.

  • Your pants may be too wide for the hanger, so it’s best to fold them in half vertically to avoid wrinkles.
  • If you have a smaller closet where your pants may touch the floor, you can fold your pants vertically and then horizontally.
  • Clip the waistband of your pants to the hanger. Adjust the clip on the hanger, so that the clip is positioned about one inch from the outside of your waistband.
  • If you folded your pants vertically and horizontally (for space saving), you will clip your hanger on the knee instead of the waistband.
  • To avoid indentation marks on your pants, consider placing index cards (or other stiff paper) between the clip and the fabric of your pants. The clip will grip the paper and protect your pants.
  • Hang the clip hanger, with your pants, in your closet in a spot where they are less likely to get knocked down.

Clamp Hangers

Most clamp hangers are made of wood and have two bars that pull together to keep your pants in place. Follow these steps for using a clamp hanger properly:

  • Fold your pants in half vertically, so that your front (hand) pockets are on the inside. The seat of your pants should be on the outside after they are folded.
  • To open your clamp hanger, grip the hook of the hanger and pull it towards you. If done correctly, the clamp bars should open.
  • Put the cuffs of your pants between the clamp bars. Unlike clip hangers, you do not want to hang your pants by the waistband when using a clamp hanger as the grip is not as tight.
  • Your pants are ready to hang in your closet!

2. Folding Them on the Hangers Incorrectly

If you choose standard hangers, there are two main ways that you can fold your pants on hangers to prevent wrinkles and damage.

The easiest way is what we mentioned above, hanging the pants over the bar of the hanger. Fold your pants in half vertically, so the seat pockets are on the outside of the fold. Make sure the fold is lined up evenly.

Drape the folded pants over the bar. Make sure it is even on both sides of the bar, so the waistband is touching the cuffs. This will help make sure they don’t slide off.

Don’t use clothespins to stop them from sliding off as this will cause strange creasing at the knees. Instead, use velvet pants hangers to provide grip.

The second method takes a bit more practice.

Basically, you need to fold the pant legs so they will support the weight of the pants and keep them from sliding off the hanger. Explaining this method would be an article in itself, so here are some quick and simple tips to remember to ensure you’re hanging your pants correctly.

  • Find the crease in your pant legs and lay the pants on a flat spot where it’s easy to fold (such as your bed).
  • Take the top pant leg and fold it towards the waistband.
  • Place your standard hanger on the bottom leg with the hanger hook side towards your cuff.
  • Folding the bottom leg over the bar of the hanger, pull the leg through the hanger and lay the cuff on the crotch seam.
  • After you press the cuff flat, pull the top pant leg through the coat hanger. As you hold the top leg, hold onto the hook of the hanger, pick up the hanger and the pant leg and then drop the pant leg.
  • If done correctly, the legs should stay folded into one another and stay in place. Don’t forget to straighten out the legs to make sure the crease is aligned.

For a closer look at this method, check out this tutorial.

3. Storing Your Clothes in Dry Cleaning Bags

You might think that leaving your clothes in dry cleaning bags gives them an extra layer of protection. In reality, you’re allowing your clothes to be damaged.

The bags don’t let the fabric breathe. That means any humidity and odor will be trapped. It will only get worse the longer the clothes are left in the bags. This can cause long-term damage, like mold.

It also doesn’t protect your clothes from wrinkles very well. Instead, the best way to stop wrinkles is by keeping your closet from getting overstuffed.

4. Overstuffing Your Closet

If you’re hanging your pants properly and on the right pants hangers, you might wonder why they’re still wrinkled when you go to wear them. If this is the case, the culprit is probably an overly full closet.

When your closet is packed too tightly, your clothes aren’t hanging straight. You should have about a quarter of an inch on each side of a hanger. This will keep clothes from touching each other.

You don’t need an enormous closet to give your clothes enough space. Here are the 5 ways to save closet space and hang your clothes without getting wrinkles:

  • A multiple pants hanger allows you to hang more than one pair together and also saves closet space. Multiple hangers are also great for grouping similar pairs of pants.
  • If you have a hook on the inside of your closet door, hang your outfit for the next day on the hook to keep it wrinkle-free.
  • Rotate your winter and summer wardrobe to free up closet space. Consider getting rid of clothes that you don’t (or won’t) wear in six months or more.
  • To optimize space for your pants, find storage solutions for clothes that don’t need hanging, such as sweaters.
  • To minimize pant wrinkles, always hang up your pants after you take them off.

5. Not Hanging Your Pants Up in the First Place

Do you think all this about hanging your pants is too much of a hassle and you would rather just fold your pants instead? Don’t!

Folding causes bad creasing.

These creases take frequent ironing to remove. So, unless you want to add a daily ironing session each morning, don’t fold your pants in a drawer.

Plus, hanging doesn’t have to be a hassle. Just by upgrading to good hangers and a few minutes practicing the perfect fold for hanging makes it a breeze.

Dress Pants vs. Jeans: The Best Way to Hang Each

We’ve talked a lot about how to hang up your pants properly to keep them from getting wrinkled, but is there a method that’s best for dress pants and jeans?

Jeans are a little more forgiving when it comes to how you hang them.

While a pair of jeans can still get wrinkled, any hanging method we mentioned above should work well as long as you have sturdy hangers.

Dress pants require a little TLC to ensure that they stay wrinkle-free. Clamp hangers are the easiest method for hanging dress pants with delicate fabric, but if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, the over the hanger method also works well.

Wrapping Up

With these tips, you can keep your pants ready to wear.

By choosing the right hangers and recycling your cheap wire ones, you’ll keep them from getting crumpled.

A bit of attention to how you hang them goes a long way to stop wrinkles and damage. Always taking them out of dry-cleaning bags, leaving enough room in your closet, and never folding your pants in a drawer will keep your pants at their best.

So give your closet an overhaul and find the right pants hangers. Your pants will thank you for it!

DIY Clothes Hangers: A Unique and Creative Closet Makeover 

The whole new year, new me philosophy calls for a makeover, doesn’t it? March into this year with a fresh wardrobe and even fresher interior! If your closet is way overdue for some upgrading (whose isn’t?), you can start with the hangers before you even get to the clothes! Here are 13 DIY clothes hangers that will give your closet a special charm!

1. Yarn Clothes Hanger


Let’s start with something quick and simple, for those of you who are still recovering from December’s craziness and just want to start this new year by slowing down a little bit. You won’t need more than a few minutes to make this yarn clothes hanger by Make & Fable!

2. Crochet Hangers


You’ve already made all of the crochet scarves and socks you possibly could and now you’ve ran out of ideas. Lazy Daisy Jones comes to the rescue! Use your epic crocheting skills to make these crochet hangers that will give your closet an incredibly unique look!

3. Copper Hangers


Are you looking for hangers that would fit into your modern apartment? Poppytalk shares the perfect DIY copper hangers that will take your whole closet on a higher level. Nothing can compare to a posh closet and every day when you open it the chic metallic hangers will take your breath away!

4. Color Dipped Hangers


Maybe your hangers already look pretty stunning, but your inner artist wants to give them a tiny makeover just to make them stand out from one another. Give into this call and follow Sugar and Cloth‘s instructions to make these lovely color dipped hangers!

5. Scallop Edge Hangers


When it comes to creativity, the sky is the limit! Your home is a reflection of your interior taste, so if you’ve always loved soft and dressed up clothes hangers, don’t settle for the regular ones you have at home! Yarn Inspirations will show you how you can give them a gorgeous scallop edge.

6. Gold Plastic Hangers


We’ll admit that plastic hangers can look a bit cheap, but you can absolutely upgrade them in a way that gives them a more elegant and classy look. You’re going to need a can of gold spray paint, a big cardboard (unless you want the rest of your home covered in gold paint) and Unlikely Martha‘s guidance!

7. Gold Sequin Hanger


Whether or not you’re planning to use your hangers in photographs, once you make at least one gold sequin hanger by the example of Lulus, you’ll find it hard to resist taking a million photographs with it. There’s something about sequin that brings the absolute best out of your wardrobe!

8. Mod Podge Hangers


Do you have any cute wrapping paper left from the holidays? Good news, you can use it up and update your plain hangers! You’re going to get rid of old wrapping clutter and your home will be richer for some brand new hangers – Live Love DIY helps you kill two birds with one stone!

9. Neon Nonslip Hangers


Don’t you hate it when wire hangers make all of the soft and light clothes slip off? It’s annoying when it happens in the store, but it’s even more annoying when it happens at home! Take matters into your own hands and visit Brit + Co to see a tutorial for neon nonslip hangers!

10. Scarf Hanger


Be honest – how many scarves do you own and how much of a challenge is it to store them? You can’t hang them on a normal hanger, you don’t want to shove them in a drawer, but what can you do? Apparently, Everyday Dishes has the answer: you can DIY a scarf hanger!

11. Painted Wooden Hangers


Maybe you already have a chosen pattern in your head that you’d like to have on your hangers but you know they don’t sell hangers like that in any store you’ve been to. This is a perfect opportunity to follow Little Yellow Couch‘s lead and make your own painted hangers!

12. Vintage Hangers


How do you feel about vintage interior? If you can’t get enough if it, you’ll be delighted to hear that you can now bring some faux vintage elements into your closet as well, to go with your vintage wardrobe pieces. Cut Out + Keep shares the details behind these vintage-looking hangers!

13. Fabric Wrapped Hangers


If you have any old fabric scraps at hand that are just begging you to be upcycled into something useful, you can make the best of them and update your hangers. Laura Trevey shares a very simple way to dress up your boring hangers into fabric and instantly make them colorful, jolly and unique!

A couple of years ago, I was going through our closet, organizing / hanging clothes and realized that we needed an ‘adult’ makeover. It just hit me as I was standing there picking my sweater up off the floor that had fallen off the hanger for the 100th time. ‘Brittni, you are in your late 20s! You can afford some new hangers, girl. And *gasp* they can also match if that’s what your little OCD heart desires.’

All of our hangers were mismatched and kind of crappy, at the time (broken plastic hanger here, bent up wire hanger there). So, we went to Ikea and bought a closet’s worth of wood hangers and moved on after I did a couple of cartwheels. It’s the little things.

But now that time has passed, I kind of wanted to give these hangers an upgrade again. Maybe a little pop of color? Just for fun? So, I did. And I turned it into a little organization tutorial in case you want to give your hangers a mini makeover along with me…


– wood hangers (mine are from Ikea, but I also really like these because they have indentions to prevent slipping)
– coarse sandpaper (40-60 grit)
– dye (I like Rit – they have tons of colors available on Amazon)
– paint brush
– sealant
– wooden beads (with a hole larger enough to fit onto the hanger hook)

How To

1. First you’ll need to remove the finish/sealant on the hangers with sandpaper. If you’re using unfinished wood hangers than you can skip this step.

2. Wipe off all of the dust with a cloth after the entire hanger has been sandpapered.

3. Then, pour some dye into a small bowl, with a teeny bit of water (just enough to dilute the color ever so slightly) and use the dye as you would paint. Dip your brush in and starting painting the wood. Let the dye dry before adding additional coats. It took me at least two layers of dye for each hanger to achieve the deep color that you see in the photos.

4. Wait for the dye to completely dry, then add one to two coats of sealant, to seal in the color, so it doesn’t rub off on your clothes.

5. Then, thread a bead through the metal part of the hanger, and it’s ready to use. You can add a bead of glue to the inside of the bead if you want the bead to be secure. I didn’t feel the need for it because I wanted the option of being able to switch out the beads for different colors and shapes later, etc.

You could also try this project with acrylic paint instead of dye, for a different look.

OR skip the painting all together and just add beads to the top of each hanger hook for a little DIY flair.

And if you go that route, you could paint little designs onto the beads to add extra little details. Or even make your own beads with air dry clay leftover from this DIY hanging planter project.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give your clothing hangers an organizational mini makeover like this one? And more importantly, does it drive you crazy too to have mismatched hangers in your closet?

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2. Pez Madrid’s Patterned Approach

Above: Pez (which means “Fish”) has two locations in lively Malasana: one devoted to fashion and a newer outpost showcasing household design. At the former, owners Beatriz Mezquriz and Patricia de Salas create cloth-covered hangers several times a year to go with their seasonal palettes. Shown here: “The ice cream colors of spring-summer.” Above: Beatriz and Patricia buy remnants at the fabric and sewing stores near Madrid’s Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. “Many of these shops have leftovers that they sell at a good price. It’s hard to tell when they date from; some look like they’re from the eighties, some older than that. For wrapping hangers, what’s important is that the fabrics have small patterns, so that you can appreciate them in such a thin stripe.” Above: The fabric is hand-cut in long, two-centimeter-wide strips and secured to the neck of the hanger with a few stitches: “We sew the fabric at the top, wrap it around the hanger, and sew it again at the neck making a triangle. If we run out of fabric, we stitch another length to the end of the first, and try to hide it.” Above: A tip from our book, Remodelista: The Organized Home: “Use matching hangers. You’ll fit more in and your closet will look much tidier.” (For more secrets to an organized closet, see pages 98-121.)

3. String-Wrapped Hangers at Do Design

Above: Artist Lucia Ruiz-Rivas neatly winds twine around the hangers at Do Design, her concept shop and cafe in downtown Madrid’s Chueca neighborhood. Note that while the other DIYers leave the wire hook exposed, Lucia wraps the whole hanger. She uses a variety of string—”the stiffer, the better”—including hemp twine (shown here) and Do’s Red and White Cotton Packing String. Above: Lucia uses a little piece of masking tape to secure the twine at the tip of the hanger, then tightly rolls her way around. Above: Lucia ties off the cord at the neck of the hanger with a simple knot. “You can’t know how much twine you’ll need,” she notes, “so instead of cutting a length, it’s best to use the whole roll and go with it until the end.”

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