Understanding Hangers

What Type of Hook Should I Get?

OPEN HOOK hangers are the most common type. They fit on almost any closet hanger rod and can be removed and returned easily. For those same reasons, however, they are the most commonly stolen hangers.

Small Hook hangers are very similar to standard open hook, except that they can only be used with special narrow hanger rods, 5⁄8" in diameter (standard hanger bar diameters usually run 1" to 11⁄2" in diameter). Easy to remove and return, but less likely to be stolen because of their size.

BALL TOP hangers are designed specifically to prevent theft while still offering guests the convenience of removing hangers from the closet. Can only be used with special ball top receptacles or special slotted wall racks. Not as convenient to remove or return as hooked hangers, but more secure.

CLOSED LOOP hangers are our most theft-resistant hangers. These hangers are added to the hanger bar before installation. The closed loop prevents the hangers from being removed from the closet wall rack, which may make it difficult for guests to hang garments.

What’s the Difference between Hanger Shapes?

CONTOURED HANGERS were originally designed for finer garments such as dress suits. The curved design allows the shoulder area of garments to hang more naturally. The contour hanger has a better design for clothing, but also tends to be a more expensive option.

CONCAVE HANGERS provide similar benefits as the contoured hanger. Feature two straight “arms” joined at an angle. Allow clothes to hang naturally, but less expensive because it is not curved.

STRAIGHT HANGERS are the most common hangers purchased. The straight design makes them easier to manufacture than contoured or concave hangers, thus bringing down the cost of the hanger. Though more economical, the straight hanger does not allow garments to hang as naturally.

What’s the Difference between Men’s and Women’s Hangers?

We distinguish between men’s and women’s hangers solely for the purpose of identifying which hanger has a wooden pants bar (“men’s” hanger) and which hanger has a metal skirt/pants bar and clips (“women’s” hanger).

MEN’s hangers have a wooden pants bar that is either nailed directly to the hanger (as in our economy hangers) or is supported by a metal clamping bar (as usually found in our better hangers). The metal clamping bar keeps pants from slipping off the bar and onto the floor.

WOMEN’s hangers with a metal skirt/pants bar and clips are designed for garments that hang better clipped than folded on a pants bar (skirts, some slacks, etc.).

Why All the Different Hanger Thicknesses?

American Hotel Register Company offers hangers as thin as our economy wire hangers (such as those used by dry cleaners) to our finest 2"-thick hangers. What benefits does hanger thickness provide?

STRENGTH is one of the more obvious benefits of a thicker hanger. The thicker the hanger, the less likely it is to bow or warp. Wood hangers are made of two separate pieces of wood joined in the middle. However, a thicker hanger does not always mean a better one. The tensile strength of the hook, and how it is anchored, determines the overall strength of the hanger. The material a hanger is made of will also determine its strength. A 3⁄16"-thick steel rod hanger is much more durable than a 3⁄8"-thick wood hanger.

SUPPORT in the garment shoulder area is another benefit of a thicker hanger. Thin hangers tend to form shoulder creases if a garment is left on the hanger for a while. Thicker hangers provide a wider surface area in the shoulders and often are rounded, reducing the possibility of creases.

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