Hanging Scarf Cluster Storage

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My goal was to make a scarf organizer with the following qualities:

- easy to sort through (to find the right scarf)
- easy to put scarves away
- minimized funky wrinkling
- doesn't take too much space
- could handle a lot of scarves (I've got 15 after the last purge)
- modular (so I can always have the right number of hooks)
- relatively inexpensive (mine cost $9)
- hanging

This was my solution inspired primarily by the diy globe cluster lights that have been making the rounds.

You could buy one of the many types of scarf hangers, but the ones I've tried are often too much work (to put away, to find the scarf you want) or take too much room, or are too expensive. Boxing is also an option (either all in one box, or each folded in its own box), but I've got space to hang objects, less to shelve them.

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Step 1: Implements of Destruction (i.e. Tools)

You need:

- Two sets of Pliers
- Two Hands

Step 2: Ingredients

For the scarf holders:
10" of Chain for each scarf (I went with a lightweight metal chain that wasn't soldered together, as you need to pull apart rings to make the lengths you like)
Shower curtain rings (as many rings as you want for scarves--they typically come in packs of twelve)
Carabiner (make sure the chain will fit through your carabiner. Get more if you're going to do more than about twelve, as the bundle gets a little tight after that)

Cost breakdown for my twelve:
$5 for 10' of $0.51 chain
$2 for 12 clear shower curtain rings
$2 for the carabiner

Step 3: Putting It All Together

Putting it all together:

Take the chain and measure where you'd like a ring to be (I ranged my rings from about 8" to 12" so no two were at the same height--and thus the bulk of the shower curtain rings were spread out).

Take the pliers and hold either end of the ring you'd like to remove and pull apart.

Place one end through the carabiner, add a shower curtain ring to the other.

Rinse and repeat, until you have as many scarf holders as you like.

Then thread the scarves through!

Step 4: Hanging

I simply took a wire hanger and bent the hanger bit so the carabiner hung straight vertically.

You could also place it on a hook in a closet (or wall)
or a ceiling (or wall) mounted chain that attaches to the top of your scarf bundle. You could add a fixture that allows your bundle to rotate all the way around for extra special fun--I forget the term for this.

Any way about it, please keep in mind the entire setup can be a little heavy, so make sure you sufficiently anchor whatever you mount it on.

Step 5: Final Thoughts

Please let me know what you thought of this, if it was of any use to you, and if you'd do anything differently.

The shower curtain hooks sometimes come apart, but it hasn't been problematic for me. One could glue the connections together to make the hold slightly firmer.

I will also clip the wire hanger at some point in the future to look nicer, but it's functional right now (and in my closet, if I moved it to hang somewhere I would make a nicer hanger).

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    16 Discussions

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    mnq123

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, Luminesia

    I love your idea. However, I can't find shower curtain hooks that are large enough for some of my winter scarves. Can you tell me something else I can use instead?

    Thanks!

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    mysssmnq123

    Reply 3 years ago

    I love this idea, so just in case someone else finds it: PVC pipe comes in larger diameters, though would take some rounding and cutting and isn't as cheap as shower rings. Ah, apparently they make "book rings" up to 3". Also, looking that up, people were comparing the size of those to bangles--those might be a good option since I assume you could find some fairly cheap, and they won't snag the scarves.

    I love this design--the chain spacing the rings out, and how nice the picture of the chains through the carabiner looks.

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    Luminesiamnq123

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hrmrm.

    I think the best bet would be to try basketry hoops or embroidery hoops. They're both a little more expensive, but you can usually buy sets of 6 or more to reduce the per item price. Also, you'll be able to vary the size a bit.

    Another alternative would be to poke around thrift shops for inexpensive purses which have round (typically bamboo) handles and cut away the purse.

    Let me know if that helps.

    ~L

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    sradiesli

    8 years ago on Step 4

    this is awesome. Just today (!) my scarf drawer kind of broke, because it is too full. Now I've got a neat solution, thanks!

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    Muslimama

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Very good idea. I have to head to the dollar store today to get some little cowboys and indians for my son. I think I will pick up a pack of shower curtains as well! Thanks!!

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    Ask_Alice

    10 years ago on Step 5

    when i saw this i knew i had to do it. it came out really neat, but instead of a hanger i used a hook that i screwed into the wall to hang. thanx for the great idea

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    LuminesiaAsk_Alice

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I know this is replying a little late, but ...

    That's pretty awesome!  Thanks for sharing.

    =)

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    b1russell

    10 years ago on Step 5

    Very cool! I just happen to have a couple sets of shower rings around somewhere . . .

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    Rismababy09

    10 years ago on Introduction

    what about putting the shower curtain rings on a hanger instead of buying the chains and such, and you can find shower curtain rings at the dollar store :) Just a suggestion,But if I think about it ,Your idea is prettier and gives the scarves a store feel!

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    LuminesiaRismababy09

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I think you could do that to save a little effort mucking with the chain, but the chain adds length so it's easier to sort through a whole bunch of scarves. But for the sake of space, ease of construction, and having a place to hang the scarves, I think it'd be a good alternative. Thanks for the compliment.