Unless you own a fashion line, work in retail clothing, or have a home organization business, there is a high probability that you don’t care about the type of hangers you use. Hangers are all over the market today, with different designs and shapes. It’ll look more amazing having such a variety of hangers in your wardrobe, isn’t it? But mind you, there’s always a reason behind the difference in shape and design, far from commercial or aesthetic. 

There have been scenarios where expensive, beautiful dresses have been damaged, or their woolen top stretched out beyond redemption, all because the wrong hangers were used. To ensure your clothes don’t go through this rough phase, we compiled a little guide to assist you in choosing the best hangers for your fabric. 

The type of hanger you should consider depends solely on the type of clothing you want to use them on. Start by noticing the size of the cloth you want to use, the hangers-on, and the wardrobe space for it. Below is information on some well-known hangers and the type of clothing they best fit.



Wooden hangers are highly versatile, as you can hang virtually everything on them. Aside from that, these hangers are long-lasting and can work in your wardrobe for ages. The most notable uses of wooden hangers include; 

  • Ideal for your heavy clothing (including coats and blazers)
  • Good for night wears
  • For towels and bathrobes
  • Best for all formal clothing (including shirts, blouses, skirts, blazers, and trousers)
  • Ideal for all causal clothing (skirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, dresses, jeans, and t-shirts) 
  • For hanging kids’ clothing

Note that; wooden hangers aren’t good for;

  • Woolens
  • Delicate fabrics
  • Stretchable fabrics

Wooden hangers are also ideal for hanging lingerie and other intimate clothing when you don’t fancy buying separate hangers.


Plastic hangers also provide the same cushion and versatility as wooden hangers, but they can’t be compared in terms of sturdiness. Almost every piece of clothing that can be hung on plastic hangers can be hung on wooden hangers, but not everything you hang on a wooden hanger can be hung on a plastic hanger. Plastic hangers are ideal for most everyday, formal, and special clothing. They are also preferable to wooden hangers in terms of hanging stretchable fabrics, but they aren’t perfect for this purpose though. 

Generally, plastic hangers are ideal for; 

  • Hanging lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, satin, and polyester. 
  • Use on kids’ clothing: dress, woolens.

In addition, plastic hangers aren’t great for use on

  • Heavy clothing (it may crack due to the pressure exerted on it)
  • Woolen clothing (may cause stretching of fabric)
  • Clothing with straps
  • Body-hugging clothing (may cause stretching of the fabric)


Also referred to as wire hangers, metal hangers are ideal for various clothes, including kiddies’ clothes. But if your kid is still very young, you should go for smaller-sized metal hangers. Metal hangers are great for;

  • Hanging kid’s sweaters, shirts, and jersey
  • Lightweight shirts
  • Summer dresses
  • Kids’ frocks, tunics, and pajamas
  • Hanging accessories like scarves and belts

Note that these hangers aren’t good for hanging heavy clothing, woolens, and other stretchable fabrics.

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