This post is going to answer the biggest closet question of ALL time. . . what are the RIGHT hangers to use??? If you’re unsure if you should have wire hangers, or velvet hangers, or plastic hangers, or wooden ones, I will break it all down so that you can learn how to choose the best hangers for closet organization. You might just be surprised!

As a Professional Organizer with 20+ years of experience, I get asked about the best hangers for closets all the time.

People often want to know what type of hanger should you use when organizing your closet? Which hanger is the least expensive? What are the best hangers for no shoulder marks (those can be SO annoying!). What are the best slim hangers for clothes? What are the best space saving hangers?

You get the point. There are tons of questions about hangers. I’m going to answer all your hanger questions so that you can learn the best hanger for YOUR closet needs.

By the end of those post, you will be a hanger expert (and will likely want to upgrade the hangers in your closet!).

Let’s dive into how to choose the best hangers for closet organization.

If you prefer to watch my YouTube video on the best hangers for closet organization, click the video below. Otherwise, keep scrolling to read on!

Wire Hangers

You’re probably thinking professional organizers hate wire hangers. To be honest, I don’t mind them for certain types of clothing. They are very thin so they rank high for maximizing the space in your closet. Also, they are the least expensive hanger. Sometimes you can even get a free one if you take your clothes to the dry cleaner.

But they do have a bad reputation for a reason. The main problem with wire hangers is they can snag on clothing and they also tangle really easily. Also, they’re not strong enough for coats, suits, or heavy clothing. And, I’m sure we’ve all experienced how easily a wire hanger can get pulled out of shape.

I’m okay with keeping wire hangers on clothes like men’s dress shirts, t-shirts, or polos, but that’s about it.

Wire hanger pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Great at saving space
  • Can get them for free (sometimes!)

Wire hanger cons:

  • They snag clothing
  • Get tangled easily
  • Not strong enough to hold heavy clothes
  • Get pulled out of shape

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Plastic Hangers

Are wire hangers or plastic hangers better? That’s a very common question I’ve heard regarding which hanger is the ultimate leader.

Plastic hangers are very popular and they come in lots of colors and varying degrees of thickness and strengths. They are also affordable, costing around 50 cents for a basic plastic hanger.

However, if you’re looking for the best space savings hangers, plastic hangers are not for you. They are bulky and take up a lot of space. Additionally, they can snap easily under the weight of heavier clothes.

There are some plastic hangers that I do recommend if you want to go the plastic route. These hangers have clips for skirts or pants and they are quite durable. They’re also less likely to tangle because of the swivel hook that’s attached.

The swivel hook is actually the reason why I like these plastic hangers. The hook allows you to hang all your clothes facing the same way whereas with a regular plastic hanger, you have to remember to have everything pointed in the right direction when you’re hanging your clothes up. The swivel hook also helps reduce hanger marks on your clothes.

Professional Tip: For hanging jeans, I recommend that you clip them along the bottom seam and hang it the long way. This reduces marks, and if there is a mark, it’s less visible because it’s at the bottom.

Plastic hanger pros:

  • Various colors, strengths, and thickness
  • Inexpensive
  • Swivel hook plastic hangers are great quality

Plastic hanger cons:

  • Bulky and not space-saving
  • Can snap under heavy weighted clothes
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Velvet Hangers

If you’re looking for the best hangers for closet organization, velvet hangers are probably the number one recommended hangers by Professional Organizers. In fact, this is the number one hanger that I personally recommend to my clients.

The reason why they are so highly recommended is because the hangers are very slim and take up way less space in your closet compared to a plastic or wooden hanger. Velvet hangers also come in lots of colors and there are numerous brands selling them in stores and on Amazon. This velvet hanger is for shirts and this velvet hanger is for suits.

Velvet hangers can also come with attachable clips for things like pants. Although I recommend using hangers with clips, a lot of my clients love the velvet hangers because of their slim qualities and the additional hanging rod for pants. Also, a velvet hanger is less likely to leave marks on clothes.

However, you will want to make sure you are getting quality velvet hangers. Some of the hangers from cheaper brands break easily at the top. A better quality velvet hanger is less likely to break. Additionally, some people don’t like how the velvet sometimes sticks to the clothes or is a little clingy when you’re hanging your clothes on them. For some people, they really like that clingy aspect about the hanger, so it’s all personal preference.

Velvet hanger pros

  • Best hangers for closet organization
  • Slim and holds clothes in place with velvet material
  • Affordable
  • No marks on clothing
  • Extra bar for pants

Velvet hanger cons

  • Some people don’t like the clingy material
  • Cheap brands can break easily

Recommended: How to Organize a Pantry with Deep Shelves

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Wooden Hangers

Wooden hangers typically have the best durability out of all the hangers. There is also an option to get them with the entire suit hanger or just by themselves with the clips. I find the wooden hangers are the best options for not leaving marks.

Now, if you’re shopping on a budget, wooden hangers are NOT for you. I once had a client request to have all wooden hangers in their closet and it cost over $750. That was just for one closet. Wooden hangers range between $1 per hanger to $10 per hanger.

But, with that said, not only are they durable, but they are beautiful. I highly recommend them for coats and business suits. I use them in my coat closet because they don’t break or stretch and they are very sturdy for the heavier weight of a coat. They also help maintain the shape of a suit, which is highly necessary for the longevity of your expensive clothing.

However, they simply are not the best hangers for closet organization or space-saving. Wooden hangers are very thick, which is why they are good to use on specific closets like suits and coats.

Professional Tip: Even though these hangers (and the velvet hangers) are good at not leaving marks, over time clothes will go through their wear and tear if they sit on a hanger long enough. If you have clothes hanging up that you never wear because you are keeping them for sentimental reasons, I recommend that you fold the items and store them in a box to prevent hanger marks.

Wooden hanger pros:

  • Durable
  • Don’t break or stretch
  • Holds heavy clothes
  • Beautiful, especially when suits are hung on them

Wooden hanger cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Bulky and not space-saving

What to read next: The Best Way to Organize Clothes in a Small Closet


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