Buy­ing the right clothes hang­ers

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Beautiful Homes -

IF you’re not a fash­ion­ista, you may not re­ally think much about clothes hang­ers. How­ever, if you in­vest in the right ones, you can save your­self some iron­ing, max­imise your stor­age space and keep your clothes in bet­ter shape.

One size does not fit all: If you’re tall, lit­tle hang­ers will only sup­port three quar­ters of your tops, leav­ing the rest of the ma­te­rial drag­ging down. This pulls the gar­ment out of shape and even­tu­ally dam­ages it. If you’re a tall lady, look at the hang­ers for boy’s stuff.

A hanger isn’t just for us­ing in the closet. Con­sider that you may want to hang it from the back of a chair, from a laun­dry rack or stuff it in a case. As such, pick one with a move­able hook.

Sharp an­gles will put “hooks” into soft ma­te­rial, so look for broad hang­ers with rounded tips. They’re usu­ally more ex­pen­sive but as they last years if not decades, it’s worth a few ex­tra sen.

Clips and rails are bril­liant for del­i­cate tops: Very light ma­te­rial like chif­fon is so eas­ily dam­aged, that you might con­sider ei­ther clip­ping the shoul­ders and then hang­ing it or fold­ing it twice and then us­ing a wooden rail hanger in­tended for trousers.

Use clip hang­ers to drip dry wash-andwear clothes: Wet ma­te­rial is eas­ily pulled out of shape by moulded hang­ers, so you can use clip hang­ers to dry small items. If you do it neatly and give them lots of space, you may be able to avoid iron­ing too.

Use spe­cialty scarf hang­ers with holes to keep silk un­snagged and for ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion. As we live in a damp trop­i­cal cli­mate, go for wood rather than coloured vel­vet that may streak. Tip: These are also great for hold­ing braces and belts, es­pe­cially if you have lots of them and can sort them by style or colour.

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