Hockey Tape Clothes Hanger Grips




I prefer to hang most of my clothes, but I found I own more than a few tops that disagree with this method. The trickiest ones seem to be those boatneck or off the shoulder sweaters. I have so many wooden hangers, it felt silly to replace them all with something that solved my problem, so grips were my solution.

Perhaps it's because I'm Canadian that I chose hockey tape ;) But they sure do work! Because of the wrapping method though, I'm sure you could use a number of other tapes.

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Step 1: Materials and Measuring

- Any hanger (I like wooden hangers because there's more area to apply grip to)
- Hockey tape (or try another type of tape that has some texture, smooth tapes will only moderately help your cause)
- Something to measure with. Ruler, tape measure, piece of string etc.

If you're like me, we want to make this neat, so I prefer to measure and mark off where I will put the tape to make sure everything is symmetrical. Make the grips as short, or as long as you like, just leave a bit of room in the corners so you can comfortably wrap that section.

Step 2: Wrapping

Start by sticking the end of your tape to one end of your marked area, don't cut a section though, keep it attached to the roll.

Let out some of the tape, and let the roll dangle. Now give it a spin until you've got a nicely twisted section, but not so far that your tape rope begins wrapping onto itself creating a sticky mess. It is best to start off with small rolled sections, because it's easier to add more, than take away.

Now spiral this rope around the hanger until you reach the other side of your marks, leaving some spacing between to create large grooves. If you run out of 'rope' before reaching the end, let more tape out and spin.

Now, we don't want clothes actually sticking to the hanger, and having a fuzzy mess down the road, so finish the grip off by wrapping it normally with flat tape.

Step 3: Now, Repeat!

Continue on the other side, and there ya go! Keep going if you have more fussy tops that slip off the hanger.



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    8 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've long been a fan of plain old rubber bands looped up towards the end of wire hangers, but this looks like it would work for those items that remain stubbornly slippery!


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    Thanks! It's the same way a lot of people make the grip at the top of a hockey stick, so that was my inspiration :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Smart! I hate when my sweaters fall off and land in a heap on the closet floor.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is an AWESOME idea! My husband just told me he wanted to get all wooden hangers eventually and I said no just for this reason.

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