Different styles of hangers and their uses in retail


Hangers for clothing and fashion accessories are available in a variety of styles, materials, and sizes. Standard adult hangers are usually around 17 inches wide, while children’s hangers are only 12 to 14 inches wide. Speciality hangers for trousers and skirts are typically manufactured to be 14 inches wide.

Economical plastic, durable metal, and classic wood hangers may all be suitable to use in your retail environment. However, before you purchase clothes hangers for your retail operation, first learn about the most popular types of hangers and what they’re used for.

Each hanger uses specific materials and construction to care for your clothing without causing wrinkles, tears, or unwanted stretching. You need to choose the right type of hanger to keep your clothing looking fresh and new no matter how long it’s been on the rail or wardrobe. But it can be confusing to navigate the nuances of each type of clothes hanger.

Once you know the ins and outs of all the hanger types, you’ll be ready to organise the closet more effectively—without ruining your wardrobe. There are multiple types of hangers for different clothing styles, materials, and customer demographics. Which type is right for your wardrobe or store? These are highlighted below.

Plastic coat hangers

Commercial plastic hangers are generally available in white, black or clear plastic. The quality will run from lightweight, almost flimsy, plastic to the super heavyweight unbreakable hangers. Plastic hangers work well as all-purpose hangers. These are generally used for shirts, blouses, and dresses.

Wire coat hangers

Metal, or wire, hangers will also vary in quality. The most inexpensive, lightweight metal clothes hangers are the type you may receive with your dry cleaning. Heavier metal hangers won’t bend or sag and are great for stores with a more contemporary look. Because wire can rust, some wire clothing hangers are coated in coloured vinyl to protect the fabric. These are what are supplied to dry cleaners and what you are likely to receive when collecting your suit.

Wooden coat hangers

Classic wooden hangers are available in a number of finishes including a natural wood finish. Wooden hanger styles include coat hangers with or without wooden centre bars, clamp hangers, trouser hangers, and broadly shaped suit hangers available in all shapes, sizes, and colours. There is so much you can do with wooden clothes hangers nowadays including branding your company logo by having custom-printed coat hangers.

Ideal for eye-catching displays! Valentino’s Displays has achieved excellent results for its clients with our printed wooden clothes hangers service. These hangers have become important marketing tools for our customers in retaining their client base.

Wooden Clothes Hanger with Logo

Padded coat hangers

Not only does a cloth-covered hanger protect delicate garments, but the padded coat hanger is usually covered with satin and therefore a pretty way to display lingerie. The padding helps to prevent slipping and assists in preserving the shape of the garment.

Retail-size cubes and accessories

Hanger markers, cardboard tubes, and other hanger accessories help retailers keep their merchandise neat and tidy while creating an appealing display.

About us at Valentino’s Displays

Valentino’s Displays is sure to find the right hangers and shop fittings for your display requirements just let us know your thoughts and the garments you intend to use them on and we will give you our opinions on the most suitable clothing hanger.

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