There are several options for clothes hangers and clients often ask me: What’s the right hanger to use? Truthfully, there’s no right or wrong hanger. It’s all about personal preference.

Here are the most common types of hangers, along with the pros and cons of each:

Wire Hangers

Wire hangers – the thin ones that you get from the dry cleaner.


  • They’re free.


  • They tangle.
  • They can rust.
  • They can leave bumps on your shirt in the shoulder area.
  • They don’t support the clothes well.

Retail Hangers

Retail hangers – these are ones from the store; usually a mix of metal and plastic.


  • They’re free.
  • They hold shirts (especially ones with thin straps) really well.


  • It’s really hard to make sure they match because you’re at the mercy of the store.
  • You can’t easily get more if you need them.

Plastic Hangers

Plastic hangers – these are thick plastic with rounded edges.


  • These are relatively cheap.
  • They don’t tangle as much as the wire hangers.
  • They support the clothes well.
  • They’re durable.
  • Option to get specific colors for rooms or family members in your home.


  • Some people don’t like the way they look.
  • They’re thicker than wire hangers so you won’t be able to fit as many clothes, but this cuts down on squishing clothes together.
  • Clothes can slip off of these if the shirt has a wider neck or is made of silky material.

Velvet Hangers

Velvet hangers – these are slim with a metal hook, with the rest of the hanger covered in velvet.


  • They are slim.
  • They don’t tangle.
  • Clothes stay on them.
  • Option to get specific colors for rooms or family members in your home.


  • It can be difficult to hang clothes because the clothes can stick to them. (Sometimes kids have trouble using them).
  • They break very easily.
  • They can be expensive.

Wooden Hangers

Wooden hangers – these have a wire hook, but the rest is wooden.


  • These look very nice, elegant.
  • They hold the clothes well, and don’t leave marks on the shoulder.


  • They are expensive.
  • They are the thickest hanger option and take up a lot of space in a closet.

It’s a personal choice which hanger you use, but it’s a good idea to use the same hanger to reduce the visual clutter. When all of the hangers are the same, your eyes can focus on looking at the clothes.

Personally, I use the white plastic hangers, because they are easiest for my kids to use.

What hangers do you use?