Introduction: Space Hanger

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Do you have wet clothes? Would you like to dry them quickly using free gravity and thermodynamics instead of fossil fuels? Then this fun project may be useful for you. Space hangers cost lest than $2 and you can make them while watching TV.

Step 1: Procurement

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You will need 2 super-cheap clothes hanger @10¢ from Walmart, a foot of plastic tubing and 6 screws from any home supply center. A ¼ inch drill, ruler, and screwdriver are nice to have, but you could get by with just a knife.

Trick #1 is buying these cheesy hangers. There is so little material in them they couldn't hold their shape without webs in the corners. Happily these webs make ideal fastening surfaces.

Trick #2 is consulting the experts at the home center. After getting some tubing you like, go to the hardware department and have an attendant find screws that will easily thread into the tubing. I happened to get some ¼ inch i.d. tubing that works perfectly with #14 machine screws. Smaller, more flexible tubing can be useful just so long as you get screws to fit. Get the shortest available screws to save effort and expense; they will be plenty strong if they fit well.

Step 2: Fabrication

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Drill the 3 webs of each hanger for a total of 6 holes. Then use a knife to cut away plastic burrs around the holes.

Cut 3 pieces of tubing the same length, from 2 to 3 inches.

Thread the screws through the hanger holes into the tubing. Stay on your toes: There is a 50% chance your project can go completely wrong at this point.

Step 3: Done

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Except I suggest securing materials for several space hangers. They are so easy to make, so useful, and so gentle with your garments, you will want to use them all the time. And your friends will attempt to steal them. We have 6. They are constantly rotated into service because we swim a lot. I think we need more.

Even with a 100% plastic wardrobe, water clings between layers of fabric. Opening the layers with these hangers lets most of water just fall out. Plus, drying is related to surface area. These hangers double the evaporative surfaces. Why argue with Science?

Cheers from Sarasota


Gulkuinator (author)2015-09-01

Now I am wondering if just putting a piece of tubing slit lengthwise over the clothing rod that the hangers are hanging on, between two hangers would work the same way...

flavrt made it! (author)Gulkuinator2015-09-02

That's a very exciting idea, and I really didn't know. Long ago and far away, a very smart man told me the worst test is better than the best guess. So I tested with some pool noodle. In this neck of woods, abandoned noodles are abundant so I'd love to make something with them.

Turns out this approach does not work. Sadly the bottoms of the hanger frames collapse together and behave like a single hanger. Come up with another idea for noodles.

slivie (author)flavrt2015-09-15

Pool Noodles are great for keeping boots upright, Cut to size and stuff them in the boot shaft. Use two if you need to. No more folded over boots. :)

slivie (author)slivie2015-09-15

Oh and they are also great for putting on hangers to keep the shoulders rounded instead of pointy. It's especially useful for hanging sweaters. and it helps keep slippery fabrics on the hangers too. :)

Jdserrano1 (author)slivie2016-10-24

Wow, see that's why I love this community! What a great idea to use pool noodles that we have by the dozen laying around!

flavrt (author)slivie2015-09-20

Those are 2 excellent ideas. I swam out to get a drifting noodle today to get started. Our winters are brutal, but for the other 11 months, cold weather apparel has to be carefully stored.

slivie (author)flavrt2015-09-21

Ha! You had me curious so I looked at your profile to see where you have a 1 month long brutal winter. :)

flavrt made it! (author)slivie2015-09-22

Everything you said about pool noodles is true and I'm on it. Perfect for heavy insulated swimsuits.

I get a lot of grief for telling the truth about our horrible winters. With nothing but a few sea oats and mangroves to block the Polar Vortexes, icy wind comes right through our crappy windows and cuts to the bone. Wonderful (and sensible) island friends gave me an electric blanket just in time for the Autumnal Equinox.

Jdserrano1 (author)2016-10-24

Great idea... I love this just for what jeanniel1 said... keeping those nasty creases out and off the shoulders from forming on heavier items like the north face and Columbia jackets that seem to never come out no matter what you do! Any ideas to design something similar for storing fabric hanging up?? lol great tutorial

jeanniel1 (author)2016-03-04

Baaaad Goooood! Great 'ible! Will make some for my large jackets with heavier hangers so they don't get that sharp crease at the shoulders. Thanks!

Jdserrano1 (author)jeanniel12016-10-24

Yes jeanniel1! Great idea! Always getting those creases on out good jackets and then the hangers bend under the weight! I would have never put two and three together but yeah, that solves a huge problem in this I don't have to hear... mom... mom... mommy... wth did you do to my north face?!!! Lol

3dcassie (author)2015-08-31

I enjoy the humor in your Instructables. I still waiting for your Instructable on a yogurt therm :)

flavrt made it! (author)3dcassie2015-09-02

Instructiables are supposed to useful, but I try to follow Horace's advice of dulce et utile.

Ok just for you, the Yogurtron III. This was a ridiculous styrofoam shipping box from the neighbors' mail order diet plan. The height and length were good, but I had to saw a section out of the width to fit 2 milk jugs. The splice was made with fiberglass mesh and duct sealant. Then I painted it to keep the foam from abrading. The walls are a solid 3 inches thick. Holds the temperature of anything for days.

CindyB34 (author)flavrt2015-09-09

Hello everyone,

What a super idea and recycle/upcycle at the same time. Good for you!

It is the ingenuity that counts, and you have it!

I am Cindy and new here, but I feel like I have come home! People tell me I am a female MacGiver. (Anyone remember him? Ha! Ha!)

I just wanted to comment on the yogurtron containers. If any of you want that type of thick, sturdy Styrofoam container that the lid seals so tight - Check with your local Cancer/Chemo center or Hematologist, (they do infusions). I can get ALL of those cartons I want - and the "Blue Ice" packs that are shipped with drugs like Chemo drugs that MUST be kept cold . They are thrilled I haul them off! I use them to organize things,(crafts, sewing, my FEMA ready supplies, etc.) in closets They are dust, bug and odor free. Plus, I have a friend that has horses and she uses the re-freezable ice packs I get on the horses leg injuries. Horses are always kicking each other, getting sprains, etc. (she wraps the ice packs on with elastic bandages)

I came on to learn "survivor bracelet" making to make some for friends that cross country backpack. so I am off to those sites.

Cheers, sneaky.blonde

3dcassie (author)CindyB342015-10-25

Thanks for this idea!! I was at my pharmacy when they got a delivery of refrigerated drugs and they happily gave me the cooler that they came in. It's perfect! My yogurt was still warm 12 hours later. The reusable ice packs are a very nice bonus too!

CindyB34 (author)flavrt2015-09-09

P.S. to my last post:

The cardboard boxes the Styrofoam containers come in are a perfect size for US Post Office shipping.

They are 1/2 inch under size - to prevent the $7.00 "over size charge"!!


Cindy, That sneaky.blonde

kjageler (author)2015-09-09

Thanks! I was wondering what constructive activity I could do while watching my marathon of taped NCIS shows tonight. I air dry most of my clothes and HATE waiting for them to dry. This is a great idea . . . and simple. . .something I could actually do :) I love this sight, but unfortunately the DIY skills needed for most of these projects is way above my sixty-something capabilities.

flavrt (author)kjageler2015-09-20

Very kind of you to say so. Everyone who published a story here hopes it will be useful to others.

It's easy to get discouraged about so many stories that seem too hard or too easy or not personally useful, but it's all good. The editors try to develop a wide interest by promoting a variety of crafts. It's working. I recently saw a story about brazing aluminum and I'm going to try it.

Kurt E. Clothier (author)2015-08-30

Great idea.. I think I will whip up some of these soon!

flavrt (author)Kurt E. Clothier2015-09-02

I'm glad you think so. "Whip up" is the right expression. You surely won't be slogging through this project.

NatureGirl04 (author)2015-08-30

This is awesome! I could really use this in my closet

flavrt (author)NatureGirl042015-09-02

This made me think: All the closet stories are about cramming more stuff in tighter. Through our 8 months of summer, these hangers spend all their time in the shower. During the brutal winters, they are good for sweaters since the weight is borne by more weave.

annrrr (author)2015-08-30

I love it! I just use regular hangers but I bet this would make for way faster drying time, thanks!

flavrt (author)annrrr2015-09-02

Thanks. With your aptitude for betting, you will surely be rich.

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