Space Saving Closet Hangers

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Increase the space in your closet by 60% for under $20!!!
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Step 1: Part List

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2 packages of "S" hooks ($2.48 EACH)
PART# 62770 S Hooks C-60 6 PE

12 feet Handy Link Utility Chain ($0.52 a foot)
PART# 10165

Have a Store Assistant cut your chain to 1 foot lengths keeping 13 or 15 links in a segment.

13 links will hold 7 articles of clothing and 15 will hold 8.

Step 2: Assembly

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Here's the hard part!

Hang Hook in closet,
Hang Chain on hook,
Hang Clothes Hangers on chain,
Hang Clothes on clothes hangers!


Step 3: Finished Product

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Any chain with a wide enough hole will work however make sure the chain and the hook is rated to hold over 35 pounds.

We used a closed/welded chain link so our cloths won't get snagged.

There is a variety of different coated chains that may brighten up your closet as well as protect your clothes.
wrokgoddess3 years ago
Damn good idea....I am very innovative but never thought of this one.... I bought the plastic space saver hanger things and have broke two so far...I don't see these breaking so easily...Thumbs up to ya and thanks for the great Idea!!
chwbcc (author)  wrokgoddess3 years ago
I am glad you like it. Every time I build a set of these (10 total) my wife steals them. I'm afraid the closet racks are going to give out any day now!
Brilliant! This cheap and easy project will be a lifesaver for our tiny Brooklyn closets--thanks for posting!
chwbcc (author)  lauramondesando1 year ago
I'm really glad you like it. I'd love to see photos if you get a chance.
Latinha3332 years ago
Thank you so much for sharing this!!
chwbcc (author) 2 years ago
Small Update, I am adding this to to get some more visibility.  Follow me here and there!
this is a fabulous idea! thanks a bunch! you could even make it like the 'as seen on tv' product by having an extra 'S' hook to raise up the clothes and get a hanger out easier! my only concern would be finding a store that would cut the chain...
chwbcc (author)  anastasiashock4 years ago
I thought about that too, the problem is the weight of the clothes makes the chain sag in the middle causing the S hooks to slide together. I got the local hardware store to cut the chain but a goot pair of lock cutters works the same.
leemags chwbcc2 years ago
Easy fix. Put another S hook on the rail itself and just hook the center of the chain to it .
mphillips132 years ago
Very clever....BRB off to the hardware store.
jgeske2 years ago
I'm going to do this! However... I see Dollar Store Shower hooks working quite well too! I'm going to try those!
jenny30lynn3 years ago
awesome, am so going to do this today, I have six kids and as you know if you have kids every inch of space counts...thanks for the idea.
chwbcc (author)  jenny30lynn3 years ago
:) Thanks for the comment. I have these in almost every closet in my house now. I am now afraid that the anchors on the shelving units are going to give any day now because of the extra clothes I have hanging on them.

I'd love to hear how well it works out and don't forget to tell your friends about these.
mrfoltz3 years ago
WOW! great idea!!!!
I use chains and "S" hooks to hang my tons of plans, but never even thought of using them for the closet...
We have cheap plastic ones that break easily, as they break I will be converting them to chain...
I get my chains at a dollar store [used for dog leashes $1. each]...
chwbcc (author)  mrfoltz3 years ago
Thanks for the comment, I never thought about the Dollar Store for parts! Now I have to go shopping! lol
juanjok3 years ago
This is one of the most simple and amazing Instructables ive ever seen :)
chwbcc (author)  juanjok3 years ago
Thanks juanjok, I hope it helps save you some space! If you make a set feel free to post some pictures!
naeim3 years ago
Simply brilliant
tuangold4 years ago

Thanks! I have one good solution.

mason01904 years ago
There's a similar product called Wonder Hangers, bit these hold more. THANK YOU
My stepdaughter brought this device to my attention, and so I showed her how it won't work. I had her hold two hangers with jeans on them next to each other the way they would hang in a closet ordinarily. Then I had her lwer one of the hangers a couple of inches. This is how much the Wonder Hanger -- AND the chain method discussed here -- would shift it. The two items, of course, still occupied the same space horizontally...
chwbcc (author)  mason01904 years ago
No Problem, My wife loves the extra space in our closet... Now she can add more clothes!. Now I am afraid these hangers are going to last longer than the racks they hang on! I'm glad you like it, tell your friends :)
Rozarius4 years ago
Seems to me that if you added a second S hook to the bottom of the chain, you could then hang the other end of the chain on the rod to more easily access your clothing.
Cool. They are like Wonder Hangers, but metal and manly.
I've been looking for those things forever!!! I actually found something similar to what i was looking for at walmart, but I actually like this better, it can hold more clothes and I'm sure they will last longer :D Wonderful Idea!!!
chwbcc (author)  justlearningcraft4 years ago
:p I loved mine until my wife took them for, "Her half of the closet!!!" Funny how her "Half" is bigger than mine even with these hangers! Thanks for the positive feedback! I really appreciate it.
This is is absolutely brilliant! I got the "Wonder Hanger" and after being completely UNempressed, am on the look out again; after reading this, it would seem that I have a new Sunday project. Thanks so much for posting!!
rojiroy4 years ago
dude awesome idea!!!, u saved me a lot of money :) keep it up, and thank you
swartley3ga4 years ago
I am off to home depot today and I will be making this for my closet so I will post pics later....I am thinking I will probably put a hook on the bottom so it will be more like the "wonder hangers" so that I can hook it up to select items more easily ......I am thinking maybe just a few short pieces for the kids closet because they have stuff below their clothes .....definitely cheap enough to be worth a try! I am going to have to talk my father in law to making the tank ones!
chwbcc (author)  swartley3ga4 years ago
The Hanky Tanky Hanger can be built pretty easily. Parts List: (1) 3/4" PVC tube 1' 6" long (1) 1/2" PVC tube 10' long (2) 3/4" PVC end caps (8) 1/2" PVC end caps (2) large eye hooks/bolts (2) S-Hooks I used in this tutorial Cut the 1/2" PVC to 2' Lengths (5) rods Drill (5) 1/2 holds down the 3/4" PVC (evenly spaced) (I recommend drilling the first hole in the middle of the 3/4" PVC, then drill the remaining holes 2 1/2" apart) Insert the 1/2" PVC in the holes and Glue with PVC Glue Pre-drill a hole in the middle of the 3/4" end caps Screw the eye hooks/bolts into the 3/4" end cap Put the end caps on the 3/4" PVC tube and Glue with PVC Glue Put the S-hooks in the Eye hooks/bolts and hang from your closet. This is just off the top of my head but it should work and I expect the cost be less than $15. Insert
OK so I just got back from Home Depot and wanted to do this and here's what I got....I got a thin chain with big holes and it is white cost is about 1 dollar per foot and I did 5 feet of it. Also I got 5-3 inch S hooks for 98c each (which I plan to return) The S hooks wouldn't fit over my gigantic bar in my closet so I ended up just putting the chain over the top of a hanger and it works perfectly for what I needed! I did an outfit in every hole since it was with my 1 yr old's clothing which is very small...I put my shorts and skirts on it in my closet and did every other ring. basically for 4 dollars I did half of my daughter's closet so I will definitely be going back for more chain. Thanks so much for the Idea and also for the instructions for the tank hanger... I may make one and post an instructable for it at a later date! here's the pics of my finished product that's a grand total of 40 baby hangers/outfits!!
chwbcc (author)  swartley3ga4 years ago
PERFECT!!! I guess I should have mentioned that I don't have the standard closet rod... But this works even better and saves you a few dollars on the hooks. Now all you have to do is hang the last hanger back on the rod and it will stretch the clothes out so you can easily pick the outfit you want! Great gob, and thanks for posting pictures!
hanging the last one up will only work if you hang them in every other hole of the chain because otherwise it is twisted but for my daughter's clothes I figure I can hold it for a second with my left hand and just grab one out with my right hand....I would definitely need a heavier chain for doing lots of pants or something
Knitwitch5 years ago
Brilliant Idea, especially for my kids closets (they can't reach the hanger rod). THANKS!
I like this site... I created a hanger myself...
I need instructions on how to make a hanky tanky hanger!!!!
chwbcc (author)  Knitwitch4 years ago
I"m glad you like it. Let me know how well it works. I'd love to see photos when your finished making yours. Thinking about it now, you probably could spray paint the chain with Krylon paint to make it look more elegant or whimical depending on your application! Now you have me thinking... off to the workshop...
A chain!!!! PURE Brilliant

chwbcc (author)  HankyTankyHanger4 years ago
Thank you, I saw something similar on a late night info-mercial and knew I could do it cheaper and more durable. I love your Hanky Tanky Hanger! Very nice work. Don't forget it's perfect for hanging neck ties and pantyhose so they don't get mangled, tangled, ripped torn or ruined! :)
Gabey_Chow4 years ago
I really love the idea and want to use it, but there is a slight flaw... my closet is very small and already has a drawer type thing, which makes very little vertical space.

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