Introduction: Modified Tie Rack

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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

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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

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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

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Triangles are always the strongest option.

Step 4: Trim Cable Ties, Load Up Ties

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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.


MrsNikky (author)2012-02-12


thewaronandrew (author)2007-06-30

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

abadfart (author)thewaronandrew2010-01-06

try bending it up at the ends  

abadfart (author)2010-01-06

very nice i think ill make one of these for belts 

Jayefuu (author)2009-11-18

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!

BoxOfAshes (author)2009-06-29

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

ewilhelm (author)BoxOfAshes2009-06-30


kirnex (author)2008-02-29

Nice! You ought to patent this. ;-)

Dorion (author)2007-06-07

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?

woodknot (author)2006-12-14

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.

parvath (author)2006-11-11

aaarrrrrrhhhh genious

tikimon (author)2006-11-03

you actually untie your tie!? :)

ewilhelm (author)tikimon2006-11-03

I've actually become a fan of the full Windsor knot.

_diyMATT (author)2006-10-27

good instructable., On a related but not really note: I used to hang my ties for years when I had to wear one to work. I never understood why they woudl stretch, curl and generally start to look bad over the course of a few months. As it turns out it's much better for your ties to be rolled. SO, I folded then in half, and rolled them up into a bunch of tie pinwheels. I stored then in a sock drawer. My ties stayed neat much longer and hung from my simple pathetic neck for years to come. My 2 cents worth. (Don't you hate it when some know-it-all throws in his opinion in the comments of a intrustable? :p )

ewilhelm (author)_diyMATT2006-10-27

Seems like most of the stretching would happen right at the fold at the rung of the tie rack. This part is then hidden by your collar. Rolling does sound like it would be better for the ties in the long run. I'm just not certain I can manage to do that. Hanging them back up is almost too much of a chore. However, everytime I hang my ties back up I'm going to think of this and and wonder if I'm doing the right thing!!!!!

intoon (author)2006-10-26

Ah...there is nothing better than Formal Friday. In fact, I've been dressing up on Fridays at school, hoping to spread a trend, but so far I'm the only one to dress up. That's okay though, I like individuality. That is quite the collection of bright and/or overly patterned ties. You should show a picture of your Formal Friday shoes, those are my favorite.

HeresyOfTruth (author)2006-10-26

That's really cool. The hubby's growing tie collection could definitely use something like this.

t3hr4v3n (author)2006-10-26

Awesome Instructable... This took only 5 minutes and saved me from having to buy a new Tie Rack.

trebuchet03 (author)2006-10-25

"...explosion of cheap and eye-bleedingly bright ties." Thanks... I needed that laugh :) --- What's worse than boring technical papers? Boring Tech papers without purpose for a class. "Why did you do this lab?" Well, something tells me "because you told me to" isn't going to fly when the TA grades it :P

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