Modified Tie Rack

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Introduction: Modified Tie Rack

I always try to look my best. At least, I always try to look my best on Fridays. Formal Fridays.

The dress code where I work is a bit below casual: Few people wear shoes, and shirts are often optional after an afternoon of surfing. To be blunt, we're a bunch of slobs. To combat this, even if only in a mocking fashion, I started Formal Friday. Sort of like causal or Hawaiian shirt Friday, except with ties, dress shirts, and classy footwear.

This has resulted in a literal explosion of cheap and eye-bleedingly bright ties. My tie rack just wasn't up to the task, so I had to improve it. I'm sure I could have bought something to do this very job, but that's just not my style -- isn't it always more fun to make whatever you need?

Step 1: The Problem

This vertically hanging tie rack really can't handle as many ties as it has rungs. The ties end up all piled on top of each other and impossible to find. Plus, at the end of a grueling Formal Friday, I just didn't have the energy to put a tie back on its rung. It always ended up dumped on the top.

Step 2: Attach Clothes Hangers

The cheap-o metal tie rack broke when I tried to bend it, so instead I resorted to using cable ties.

Step 3: Make Triangles

Triangles are always the strongest option.

Step 4: Trim Cable Ties, Load Up Ties

Now it works so much better! I've smiled every morning when I see it. I can actually see all my ties and they're not just piled on top of each other.

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    My ties keep falling off. I must have done something wrong. Awesome idea though! +1

    try bending it up at the ends  

    very nice i think ill make one of these for belts 

    The title picture for this ible doesn't really do it justice. I thought you were just hanging them  on normal hangers til I looked inside. Pic 1 of step 4 is much better, it looks awesome!

    It's cute
    and i like your green tie =D

    Nice! You ought to patent this. ;-)

    Excellent. I am going to make one of these to help corral my scarves. BTW, in my "business casual" environment (flipflops count in that? really?) I often wind up wearing nicer skirts on Fridays. Strange, innit?

    Ties stretch because they are cut on the bias (diagonal). That allows the nice "drape". As for hanging vs rolling: My husband told me that he had to stand and imagine himself in the tie before he could choose it. If it was rolled up, he would have to unroll it, look in the mirror, reroll it and choose another. If you are not like him, rolling them will keep them in good shape virtually forever (with good dry cleaning). If that's what you want, make sure they don't lay next to the wood of the drawer. It will snag the threads.