28 Uses For Coat Hangers (You'll Wish You'd Known Earlier!)

28 Uses For Coat Hangers (You'll Wish You'd Known Earlier!)

More coat hangers than you know what to do with? If you've hung up every item of clothing you own and still have a surplus, it could be a blessing in disguise.

There are loads of unusual uses for coat hangers most people don't know about, and today we're giving you a chance to discover them.

Learn how to use wooden coat hangers to store jewellery, plastic ones to hold kitchen roll, metal ones to make a cookbook holder and much, much more!

Once you've seen what you can do with coat hangers, you'll be glad you have so many.

Uses for coat hangers around the home:

1. Unclog a drain

sink plug
Say goodbye to blockages.

The easiest way to unclog a drain is to remove the blockage, but with plugholes being so narrow, this is no easy task.

What you really need is a long, sturdy, narrow object to seek out the source of the problem. The solution? A coat hanger of course!

Straighten out the hanger, leaving only the hook intact - this will be your tool for fishing out the gunk. Remove the drain cover, then insert your clothes hanger hook first into the drain. Wiggle it around, pulling it up regularly to remove the blockage. Repeat as necessary until it comes out clean.

For more ways to clear those annoying obstructions, read our guide on how to get hair out of drains.

2. Support plants

Got a droopy plant? A few wire coat hangers are all you need to keep your tomato plants and similar upright and sturdy.

Learn how to do it in the video below - it's SO easy!

3. Skim debris

This is one of our favourite wire hanger hacks - it's indispensable in the Summertime.

If falling leaves and other debris keep filling up your paddling pool or pond, a wire hanger 'sieve' could be just the thing.

Pop a pair of tights over a wire hanger. Then, pull the hanger downwards, into a triangular shape. tie the tights below the hanger, then cut the legs off.

It's a perfect DIY tool for skimming the water and will have the paddling pool clean in no time at all.

4. Stop static

Static can be pretty annoying, but it can be easily remedied using a coat hanger!

If your hair or tights are static, simply run a wire coat hanger along them to neutralise it.

5. Mark a wall

We're not saying you should fill your pencil case with coat hangers, but they are a great substitute when doing DIY.

If you find yourself without a pencil, the sharp end of a wire coat hanger can be used to make a mark on the wall.

6. How to seal a bag of crisps

chocolate bar reseal
A great hack - if you can resist eating it all that is!

If you ever need to seal a share bag of crisps or a bag of rice, but you don't have any ties, we have a clever tip for you.

The plastic clips on skirt hangers are ideal for this purpose. Next time you think of throwing one out, don't forget to salvage the clips first!

Get organised using coat hangers

Who knew there were so many uses for coat hangers?

We've found some really clever ways to use wooden, plastic and wire hangers to help you organise things around the home. Don't miss out - check these out!

7. How to store flip flops

flip flop storage
What a great idea!

Flip flops may be small, but they're surprisingly difficult to store.

Luckily, as they're so lightweight, they can be stored really easily using wire coat hangers.

All you need to do is use some wire cutters or pliers to remove the bottom piece from a metal coat hanger. Curve the ends up to make shoe holders. What a fabulous idea! 

8. Store magazines using a coat hanger

We love this clever idea.

There's no need to invest in a magazine rack if you have some spare clothes hangers lying around.

Grab a wooden hanger, or plastic coat hanger, and simply pop your magazines and newspapers over it. Hang it where you often read for the ultimate convenience (over the living room door, bathroom etc).

Best of all, it'll keep your page safe for later.

9. How to make a DIY magazine rack

If you do fancy having your very own magazine rack, it's a wire coat hanger, some pliers and a drill you'll need.

Don't be put off by the equipment, as it really couldn't be easier. 

10. DIY iPad stand

Don't leave your iPad lying around - give it a proper place in your home.

All you need to make an inconspicuous iPad stand is a wire coat hanger.

Follow the steps in the video below to make yours (it takes just 60 seconds!)

11. Keep your jewellery nice & organised

Finally, somewhere to display it all!

Repurposing coat hangers doesn't get prettier than this.

Transforming your wooden coat hanger into a jewellery holder may take a bit of work, but we promise, it'll be worth it. Imagine, no more tangled necklaces!

Simply add some metal screws to hang the necklaces from. 

12. Hang your kitchen towel

Where do you keep your kitchen towel? If you're struggling for a place to keep it, we have a handy suggestion for you.

A plastic coat hanger is a perfect solution to this storage problem.

You have to try it!

All you need to do is cut the bottom of the hanger in the centre, and slide your kitchen roll on. Hang it over your cupboard doorknob for easy access.

13. DIY cookbook stand

cookbook holder
So handy!

Whilst we're in the kitchen, why not give this next one a go?

Forget cookbook stands, all you really need is a skirt hanger.

The clips on these are surprisingly sturdy. Fasten them over your cookbook with the recipe page open, and hang over a cupboard door knob.

It's free, it's easy and it will keep your recipe visible whilst protecting it from any mess.

14. Make a coat hanger coat rack

There's something so wonderful about the concept of making a set of coat hooks out of coat hangers.

Wooden coat hangers are usually sturdy and pretty good quality. A few of them alongside a piece of wood is all you need to make yourself some unique coat hooks for your entryway.

If you have a few wooden hangers lying around, why not give this a go? Get the tutorial at Instructables.

15. Craft supplies organiser

Craft supplies can soon get pretty messy if you don't find a good storage solution.

We have a great way to repurpose a wire hanger that should make organisation much easier.

Make yourself a professional-looking ribbon holder at home by cutting the top of you coathanger, then sliding your rolls of ribbon, lace and sequins. onto the bottom.

This not only stops mess, but makes your supplies much easier to access.

16. Grow your storage

Do you always seem to have too much stuff, and nowhere to hang it all?

We have a solution!

You may not have any room left for single-level coat hangers, but what about drop-down coat hangers?

To make yourself a second layer of storage in your closet, simply hang wire coathanger around the necks of others (add a can pull tab to make this even easier. 

You can also try this out on door hooks, and even towel rails to create more hanging space - genius!

17. Use a coat hanger to store your scarves

Not only are scarves a great cold-weather fighter, but they have the power to really transform an outfit.

The only real problem is storing them all - ideally, scarves should be hung to prevent creasing and damage to the fabric.

A wooden coat hanger and some shower curtain rings are all you need to build yourself a scarf-organiser. Learn how to make yours at Every Day Dishes and get those scarves tidy once and for all.

18. Store all your sunglasses on a coat hanger

Sunglasses are so pretty - why not put them on show for all to see?

Not only are clothes hangers a practical solution to storing your sunglasses, but they can look pretty great too.

Use one of your nice, wooden trouser hangers and slide your sunglasses over it to create a funky and decorative storage solution.

19. Belt storage solution

Belts are another tricky thing to organise in your wardrobe.

To make your own belt storage solution, pick up some small hooks, and screw them into the bottom section of a wooden coat hanger. Hook your belts onto them and you're all set.

Our perfect place to hang our belt storage hanger is on the inside of a wardrobe door.

Coat hanger crafts

Who knew coat hangers could be made into such beautiful things? Check out some of our favourite, crafty uses for clothes hangers below.

20. Coat hanger crafts for Christmas time

When Christmas comes around this year, why not try making your own wreath? Wreaths are the epitome of Christmas and give your house an instantly festive look.

A wire hanger is the perfect starting point for your wreath. It's flexible enough to bend into shape and sturdy enough to stay that way.

Watch as Mies Heerma creates a seriously stunning wreath using a wire coat hanger in the video below.

21. Make an attractive wall display

hanger art
Hang your art!

If you like things that are a little out of the ordinary, you're going to love this coat hanger craft.

Hangers give a space an industrial, effortless look. Why not hang a cork board from a coat hanger, or maybe a simple piece of artwork? 

22. Upcycle a metal clothes hanger into fairy wings

Dressing up parties can soon get expensive, especially if your little ones want a new outfit every time!

Believe it or not, you can fashion a pair of fairy wings from a wire coat hanger and just a few other, cheap supplies.

This Youtube tutorial is extremely simple and highly effective.

Why not DIY for your next dressing-up party? You could even get the kids involved too (just take care with sharp edges).

23. DIY hanging mason jars

We just love Mason Jars here at  Expert Home Tips, especially the hanging ones!

You can pick up Mason Jars pretty cheap these days, and all you need is a few wire hangers to transform them.

If you're struggling to figure it out, Make Life Lovely has shared step-by-step instructions on her blog.

Follow us for more amazing uses for clothes hangers you don't want to miss!

Miscellaneous uses for coat hangers

Our uses for coat hangers aren't quite over yet. Be sure to take a look at these cool ideas before you go.

24. Roasting marshmallows

Fond of camping? Then isn't it about time you got your very own, durable marshmallow roasting rod?

Using a wire hanger is not only long-lasting, but it's safer too.

Head over to One Crafty Mama and learn how to make yours today.

25. Huge bubble blowing tool

This is one the kids will definitely love.

What about upcycling your wire hanger and using it for blowing huge bubbles that will definitely impress the kids?

Simply bend your wire hanger into a more circular shape, and dip into sudsy water to create world-record sized bubbles!

How to make non-slip coat hangers

Our final uses for coat hangers is to leave them just as they are - almost.

We have a few clever tricks to make your coat hangers non-slip, which makes them much more useful for hanging different types of clothes.

Ready? Let's go!

26. Use glue to make plastic hangers non-slip

non-slip hanger

Simply adding a squiggle of glue along the top of a plastic coat hanger is all that's required to make it non-slip. Once it's dry, the glue will prevent sleeves and straps from falling down.

27. Use elastic bands on wire hangers

Another way of making coat hangers more versatile is adding elastic bands.

Pull an elastic band over either end of your coat hangers, and the rubbery texture will give clothes something to grip onto, preventing them from falling down.

28. Use pipe cleaners to update coat hangers

One of our favourite clothes hanger hacks of all time is using pipe cleaners to make them non-slip.

Pipe cleaners are so cheap, and the perfect solution to this everyday problem.

All you need to do is twist a pipe cleaner around either side of your coat hanger, and similarly to elastic bands, they'll prevent clothes from falling off.

Need help? Watch the video below to learn how.

Do you have any clever uses for coat hangers we've missed off our list? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Veronica Davis on March 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Good ideas

  2. Author Ann White on March 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Got another wire coat hanger idea. Coat hanger and white bin liners Christmas wreath.. Make the hanger into a circle and the hook into a loop, cut the bin liners into stips, knot the liners onto the hanger until full, then decorate with Christmas bubbles, holly and other Christmas bits, will look great every year, and fun to do.

    1. Author Stephanie C on March 8, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Hi Ann, This sounds like a brilliant idea! We love upcycling so this is right up our street. We can't wait to try it at Christmas. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Author Mrs Margaret Doolan on August 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    A small fishing net for pond dipping can be made by straightening out a wire coat hanger and curving one end round into a circle. Sew the toe end of an old pair of tights or pop socks onto the circle and your net is made. Years ago when my son was young I used to sometimes go pond dipping with him at our local large pond with him using a shop bought fishing net intended for children and me using the home made net. I used to get a bigger catch and more interesting things than he did. We put our catch in a small bucket, but always put whatever we caught carefully back in the pond afterwards.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 27, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Great idea, Margaret!

  4. Author Diane Cassidy on November 18, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Has anybody got any great ideas how to store spare coat hangers so that they don't get all tangled up and jammed together? I have tried everything I can think of but just cannot find a way to keep them readily available but not all tied in a big jumble!! PLEASE HELP!!

    1. Author Joanne A on November 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Hi Diane! Have you tried switching to velvet coat hangers? I find them so much better in so many ways. They take up less space in the wardrobe, clothes don't slip off of them, you don't get the weird shoulder bumps from drying clothes on them and they can be stacked neatly together when not in use. I line them all up and then place them in a sturdy bag for life.


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