I still remember the day I hit organizational rock bottom. I was trying to wrangle a coat from the grips of my stuffed-to-the-brim closet, pulling at the metal hanger as it held on for dear life. I had to literally extract the hanger, as it was stuck in between other hangers and coats and wrapped around a scarf and who-knows-what. I was exasperated.
I had metal hangers. Plastic hangers—of all different widths and colors. Hangers with the white dry-cleaner paper on them. Clip hangers that weren’t clipping anything, just hanging out. Mismatched hangers looked terrible and made me cringe every time I opened the closet door. That morning, I decided to toss all the random hangers and finally—against my frugal nature—buy one nice set of hangers that all looked deliciously the same.
As a magazine editor covering home-related topics like organizing and cleaning, I knew velvet hangers were all the rage. I bought 50 black ones and never looked back. They are much thinner than plastic and wood hangers, so they take up noticeably less space. They hang straight, unlike metal hangers. The velvet is grippy, so silky blouses and tank tops stay put, and the curves keep the shape of sweaters without making the shoulders bulge out.
Opening my closet now feels (dare I say it?) calming, a far cry from before. I even bought velvet kid-size hangers for my daughters’ closets and they’ve helped bring a sliver of sanity to one wild and crazy room.
See below for nine velvet hangers worthy of your wardrobe.
These are so pretty, with pink flocking and rose gold swivel hooks, it’s almost a shame to cover them with clothes! They’re also some of the sturdiest hangers around, holding up to 18 pounds. And reviewers can’t get enough: “They just make my closet and everything in it look so glam! The rose gold brings a touch of class and a smile to my face. Plus, I’ve had them for about a month and not one has broken yet, which in my household is pretty impressive.”
These Amazon Bestsellers are super thin and feature chrome hooks that swivel so you don’t have to take them out to change the direction. The pants bar is sturdy enough to hold wool trousers or jeans.
Adjustable clips on these baby blue beauties let you hang skirts, scarves, and pants of different widths. And reviewers have gotten creative; one uses the clips for drying wet clothes and another packs the hangers when traveling: “It’s nice to put an outfit together on one hanger. You can hang your dresses and pants up right away without using up all the hangers.” And no need to iron once you arrive!
Perfect for tops and dresses, with contoured shoulders and handy notches for camisoles and the like. And reviewers are happy indeed: “Very pleased with price, look, sturdiness and lack of shedding. Hangers came in perfect condition—none damaged. The hangers do make a positive difference in my closet. I’ve bought similar hangers which broke with just a slight tug on the clothes. I’ve had these for a few weeks and none have broken.”
Double (or triple! or quadruple!) the space in your closet with these cascading hangers that easily hook on to each other. Best for lightweight items like scarves, hats, and shirts.
I’m a sucker for navy, so I couldn’t resist including these and just might have to buy them myself. They get great reviews across the board for durability, and 60 hangers for less than 25 bucks is a steal.
Hang entire outfits together by using the upper bar for belts or scarves and the lower bar for pants. These Amazon Bestsellers have been recently redesigned to make them even stronger—they can now hold 12 pounds each, whereas most velvet hangers hold 10, so you can use them for heavy wool jackets or suits. They feature swiveling rust-proof chrome hooks and velvet that doesn’t shed onto clothes like some competing brands.
And thanks to entrepreneur Joy Mangano, here are the original space-saving velvet hangers, with more than 800 million sold! In this pack you’ll get 12 shirt hangers and 12 pant hangers, and a whole lot more room in your closet.
Get your kids’ closets in gear with these mini velvet versions. Each hanger is 14 inches long and holds up to 5 pounds: “Love them! Makes my 6 year old’s closet look so grown up and organized!”
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