by Daniel Mintz
Eventually, we all find ourselves with more hangers than we know what to do with, and when that happens they can take up valuable inches in our too-cramped storage spaces. Rather than junking your extra hangers in the trash, let them come out of the closet. Maybe these ideas will inspire your next home hack.
1. DISPLAY ARTWORK
Here’s a DIY hanger project for those who want to show off prints and photos in a fun, alternative way. Punch tacks into the wall, then hook on hangers with clips. The minute you get tired of one arrangement, it’s painless to rotate in a totally new display.
2. DRY DISHES
Use your spare wooden hangers to make a drying rack for dishes. First, remove the metal hooks that sit on the closet rod. Then space the hangers at whatever distance you want, securing them in place with screwed-in dowels. The upside-down hangers provide stability as well as a spot for mugs.
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3. ADD LIGHTING
A “bright” idea for any room is a chic DIY hanger chandelier. For a look of elegance, stain the hangers before you begin building the fixture, or spray-paint them in a bold color to make this repurposed chandelier even more overtly eye-catching.
4. HANG TOWELS
After a morning shower, don’t leave yourself hanging without a towel! Wall-mount a DIY towel rack. It’s easy: Just nail an upside-down hanger to the wall. The metal hook can support full-size bath towels, while the horizontal dowel holds washcloths.
5. MAKE A TABLE
To construct this DIY coffee table, bolt together two pairs of hangers before fastening them as legs under a tabletop of your choosing—a cut-to-size pane of glass, say; considering the compact size of the design, even a serving tray would do the job nicely.