Introduction: Space Saving Closet Hangers

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Increase the space in your closet by 60% for under $20!!!

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.


mpressgrove (author)2014-07-13

chwbcc - what a fantastic idea. My wife and I are kicking off full time RV living and obviously the space is limited. After looking at a few commercial options, this beats anything I have seen or could make; and the effort is well, effortless. I will be adding reinforcement to the closet bar to maximize the use of these. Thanks for sharing. Pictures to follow.

chwbcc (author)mpressgrove2014-07-14

Awesome! These chains have been an important part of our closet now for a couple of years. This is one of those rare life hacks that is cheap, durable, and easy to make.

You will definitely need to reenforce the curtain rod if you have a lot of these in your closet. They save you space but that only means you can hang more things, and more things weigh more! LOL

Can't wait to see pics and safe journeys in the RV!

juanjok (author)2010-11-20

This is one of the most simple and amazing Instructables ive ever seen :)

chwbcc (author)juanjok2010-11-22

Thanks juanjok, I hope it helps save you some space! If you make a set feel free to post some pictures!

wrokgoddess (author)2010-08-16

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)wrokgoddess2010-08-16

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!

Azze01 (author)2016-01-03

My two Cts: The idea is enticing and seems to be a good one at first sight, but... Thinking about it back and forth and inspecting my own closet, I can tell you that I never ran out of closet space because of the hangers interfering on the rail, but rather of the clothes interfering at the bottom. Fabric thickness building up is the basic problem of closet space usage, and cascading clothes down doesn't really solve it because overlapping each other they end up side by side nonetheless. All clothes on the chain sum up in thickness the same way they would right on the rail. In my eyes, only benefit you could get out of this would be with two items on one chain with the lower item on the chain ending up under the lower end of the higher item, thus doubling the usage of space by using one "slot" for two items (which should rarely be applicable for adults' clothes in most closets).

chwbcc (author)Azze012016-01-03

Thanks for the comment. The part that actually builds up is the bulk of the clothes at the shoulder. When you account for the fabric and the hanger together that is where the build up happens. When you stagger the hangers down the chain you stagger the build up of the clothes + hangers.

This really does save space because you can hang 6-7 articles in the space you would normally hang two.

mason0190 (author)2009-09-03

There's a similar product called Wonder Hangers, bit these hold more. THANK YOU

cpacker (author)mason01902009-09-17

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...

Was1x (author)cpacker2016-01-03

True enough, but I use them any way as a way to organize and control items in the closet by type and color. I found ones like the plastic hangers with holes in chromed steel with cutouts ! Cost a bit more, but held jeans on chrome or wooden hangers (which were too heavy and just pulled the plastic hooks on the rods out straight). S hooks and chain would have been cheaper & easy.

chwbcc (author)mason01902009-09-04

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 :)

Joey John 9821 (author)2015-12-13

my grandfather did something similar to this except with rope because he had so much clothes between him and my grandmother so he thi little links in a rope hunger off of hooks put into studs and then organized what went on to the ropes by category

tonybest (author)2015-08-04

fantastic idea

jacob alias (author)2015-06-30

Good stuff..instead of chain , we can use cable tie in loop..even simple ..

jessicat21 (author)2015-03-10

Any suggestions for the big old closet rods? A little s hook won't work

chwbcc (author)jessicat212015-03-12

Don't over think it, simply make you chain a few links longer and wrap the chain around the rod and use the hook to secure the chain around the rod. ;)

Those old wooden rods are really strong so you probably support a lot more weight then these cheap closet racks.

I hope this helps.

Rhino12343 (author)2014-04-26

little bit smaller but works really well

chwbcc (author)Rhino123432014-05-13


lauramondesando (author)2012-07-24

Brilliant! This cheap and easy project will be a lifesaver for our tiny Brooklyn closets--thanks for posting!

chwbcc (author)lauramondesando2012-07-28

I'm really glad you like it. I'd love to see photos if you get a chance.

Latinha333 (author)2012-03-06

Thank you so much for sharing this!!

chwbcc (author)2012-02-27

Small Update, I am adding this to to get some more visibility.  Follow me here and there!

anastasiashock (author)2009-07-14

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)anastasiashock2009-07-14

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 (author)chwbcc2011-11-27

Easy fix. Put another S hook on the rail itself and just hook the center of the chain to it .

mphillips13 (author)2011-09-11

Very clever....BRB off to the hardware store.

jgeske (author)2011-08-28

I'm going to do this! However... I see Dollar Store Shower hooks working quite well too! I'm going to try those!

jenny30lynn (author)2011-03-20

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)jenny30lynn2011-03-21

:) 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.

mrfoltz (author)2011-01-30

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)mrfoltz2011-01-30

Thanks for the comment, I never thought about the Dollar Store for parts! Now I have to go shopping! lol

naeim (author)2010-11-09

Simply brilliant

tuangold (author)2009-10-28

Thanks! I have one good solution.

Rozarius (author)2009-09-05

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.

lilpepsikraker (author)2009-08-17

Cool. They are like Wonder Hangers, but metal and manly.

justlearningcraft (author)2009-07-27

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)justlearningcraft2009-07-27

: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.

brettemadden (author)2009-07-14

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!!

rojiroy (author)2009-07-05

dude awesome idea!!!, u saved me a lot of money :) keep it up, and thank you

swartley3ga (author)2009-06-23

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)swartley3ga2009-06-23

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

swartley3ga (author)chwbcc2009-06-23

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)swartley3ga2009-06-24

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!

swartley3ga (author)chwbcc2009-06-24

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

Knitwitch (author)2009-03-07

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)Knitwitch2009-05-13

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

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