Hangers can come in all different materials like wood and plastic but the original hanger was made of wire. Todays wire coat hanger was inspired by a clothes hook patented in 1869 by O A North of New Britain Connecticut (click to learn more).

Here's a riddle for you: What uses the same amount of steel each year as 60,000 cars?

You may be surprised to learn the answer: 3.5 billion dry-cleaner wire hangers, which nearly all consumers toss in the trash. (Hanging On: The Impact Of Your Wire Hangers by Leah Ingram)

Stop throwing them away! Here's a list to help you do that...

Create a Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Use Hangers to Hang Other Things Besides Clothing:


Paper Towels in the Kitchen

DIY Add Shower Curtain Rings to Hold Scarves

Reshape to Hold Toilet Paper (Invented by Studio Stallinga)

Reshape to Hold your Flip Flops

Turn Upside Down for Instant Towel Hooks

Hold Up Art (Idea via an '08 edition of O at Home Magazine)

Hold Up Recipes While Cooking

Wire Topiary

Plant Markers

Campfire Roasting Sticks

DIY Neon Nonslip Hangers

Add Little Hooks and Organize Jewelry

Laundry Room Wall Art (As done by designer Matthew Mead)

Construct Unique Lighting Fixtures:

"Hangeliers" by Organelle Design

Wire Hangers Lamps by 101 Design Studio

Make Chairs?
Coat hanger chair by Style My Life

Coat Check Chair by Joey Zeledón

Hanger Chair by Vanessa Marie Robinson

Ever wondered how hangers first came to be? Read all about that here:
The Clothes Hanger - From Wire To Plastic by the "Origins of Everyday Things" blog.


  1. Really cool ideas! I have always covered wire hangers with yarn because they hold your clothing in place without making dents in the shoulders!

    1. A long while ago I remember I was looking through my grandma's closet and I noticed almost all her wire hangers were like that, all covered in knitted cozies and I thought to myself she must have ran out of ideas of other things to knit lol but I get it now.

  2. Very creative, as many Hangers direct not really serve to fulfill the function of hangers