Picture of Space Saving Closet Hangers
Increase the space in your closet by 60% for under $20!!!

Step 1: Part List

Picture of Part List
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.
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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)  mpressgrove1 year ago

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!

juanjok4 years ago
This is one of the most simple and amazing Instructables ive ever seen :)
chwbcc (author)  juanjok4 years ago
Thanks juanjok, I hope it helps save you some space! If you make a set feel free to post some pictures!
wrokgoddess5 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)  wrokgoddess5 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!
tonybest27 days ago

fantastic idea

jacob alias2 months ago

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

jessicat215 months ago
Any suggestions for the big old closet rods? A little s hook won't work
chwbcc (author)  jessicat215 months ago
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.
Rhino123431 year ago

little bit smaller but works really well

chwbcc (author)  Rhino123431 year ago


Brilliant! This cheap and easy project will be a lifesaver for our tiny Brooklyn closets--thanks for posting!
chwbcc (author)  lauramondesando3 years ago
I'm really glad you like it. I'd love to see photos if you get a chance.
Latinha3333 years ago
Thank you so much for sharing this!!
chwbcc (author) 3 years ago
Small Update, I am adding this to Pinterest.com 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)  anastasiashock6 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 chwbcc3 years ago
Easy fix. Put another S hook on the rail itself and just hook the center of the chain to it .
mphillips133 years ago
Very clever....BRB off to the hardware store.
jgeske4 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!
jenny30lynn4 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)  jenny30lynn4 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.
mrfoltz4 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)  mrfoltz4 years ago
Thanks for the comment, I never thought about the Dollar Store for parts! Now I have to go shopping! lol
naeim4 years ago
Simply brilliant
tuangold5 years ago

Thanks! I have one good solution.

mason01906 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)  mason01906 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 :)
Rozarius6 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)  justlearningcraft6 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!!
rojiroy6 years ago
dude awesome idea!!!, u saved me a lot of money :) keep it up, and thank you
swartley3ga6 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)  swartley3ga6 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)  swartley3ga6 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!
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