About this project
Potentially Double Your Closet Space with Higher Hangers
Look in your closet and you will see a huge gap between your clothes and your closet rod. Why? Higher Hangers are the first vertical-space-saving hangers ever. Create 11 cubic feet, 7 carry-on bags, or 48 shoeboxes of new closet space (in an average closet) by swapping to Higher Hangers.
For nearly 150 years, clothes hangers haven't changed their general shape. Higher Hangers were born out of necessity in a college dorm room to maximize space while retaining the same functionality as regular hangers, including collared shirts. Many closets only have 1 hanging rod, and Higher Hangers can make enough difference to allow a second closet rod.
Higher Hangers are designed specifically to allow room for shirt collars to safely hang while minimizing the amount of wasted space. This results in a completely new, versatile hanger design that's directly replaceable with what's in your closet today.
An average master closet measures about 8ft (2.4m) wide with an upper and lower clothes rod. Regardless of you closet size, Higher Hangers create over 10% of new useful closet space.
Higher Hangers raise your clothes up about 4-5" (10-13cm) per row. Multiply the floorspace dimensions that were not useable before, and you now have new space that can be used for:
- 48 shoe boxes
- 7 carry-on pieces of luggage
- Getting clothes off the floor/shelf - clean and wrinkle free
- Reducing clutter
- Seeing your shoes - get out the door on time and stress-free
- Adding additional organizational accessories (like our friends @Threadstax)
- Best case scenario: You have an older single-rod closet but it's not quite high enough to add a 2nd rod. Higher hangers will give you 8"+ of new vertical space - the difference between only having one rod vs. the ability to double your hanging space.
Velvet-Flocked Slimline (nonslip)
Known for their popular nonslip coating and slim profile, velvet Higher Hangers work fantastic for dresses, pants, strap tops, or anything that tends to fall off a plastic hanger (women's tops & all pants).
- Thin profile can double or triple your closet space laterally, allowing more clothes side to side
- Shoulder "divots" to help grab your strap tops
- Gentle shoulder profile doesn't give your shirts "shoulder bumps"
- Weigh 70g making them stronger than many common velvet slimline hangers (average plastic hanger is ~40g)
- 17" (43cm) Wide
Heavy Duty Engineered Wood Composite (HDF)
Engineered wood hangers are one solid wood composite piece (plus the hook) making an incredibly durable hanger built for life. They are ideal for dress or collared shirts, t-shirts, coats, or anything with sleeves.
- Thick profile (1/2" or 1.3cm) supports shirt shoulders keeping your clothes fresh
- 17" (43cm) Wide
- More durable than expensive wood hangers which are typically 2-3 pieces of wood glued together
Velvet, Engineered Wood, and Combo Rewards all scheduled to deliver within 90 days
- Velvet-only in quantities: 20, 50, 100, 200
- HDF-only in quantities: 20, 50, 100, 200
- Velvet & HDF Combo in quantities: 20, 50, 100, 200 (of each style)
- $39 Super Fast Super Early Bird Velvet 50 ships in April (SOLD OUT)
Samantha, Professional Organizer, SimplyOrganized.me
Baylie Carlson, TinyHouseGrowingFamily.com
Samantha Brown, Professional Stylist, SamanthaBrownStyle.com
Elizabeth, Boutique Owner, SouthernHippie.com
"Can't hang my husband's clothes in the house we moved into until we are able to purchase enough Higher Hangers!!" - Pam Halaschak
"I work with tiny house builders and enthusiasts to help minimalize their stuff--these fit perfectly! (no pun intended...)" - Karin Parramore
"We would love to see how much space we can save using these. Every inch makes a difference!" - Anna Romero
"I have been looking for this type of product, specifically for pants--I use kid's hangers because they are higher, but they're not always wide enough. Seriously, every time I am out shopping I look for something like this!" - Monica Premo
I Came Up With Higher Hangers In My Dorm Room
Two months into my freshman year of college, I was trying to make my new home more organized and peaceful. My pre-depression built dorm (est. 1921) was about 139 square feet (shared with a roommate), so you can imagine my closet situation. It was crammed full with clothes squished between the upper and lower closet rods. The top clothes were overflowing onto the lower clothes, and the bottom row wrinkled up on the floor with no space for shoes or anything.
I took a step back to look into this swamp thing of a closet, and noticed a huge gap between my clothes and the closet rods. Why? I have no idea. Clothes hangers haven’t changed in their design since they were invented in the 1800s. With all the unused vertical space, I knew there was no practical reason for a clothes hanger hook to be 4-5” higher than the clothes, it was just the way it had always been. I knew there had to be a better way. I took an existing plastic clothes hanger, some pliers, and a lighter, and started hacking away…
The Evening I Invented Higher Hangers
Thankfully I didn’t set off any fire alarms. I realized that if I lowered the hook closer to the top of clothes, I could significantly raise the garment higher, freeing up more space below. After cutting an old hanger to pieces and using a lighter to melt the new design back together, I created the very first Higher Hangers prototype. I tried it, and it worked. My clothes no longer dragged along the ground, and I freed up enough space to move a dresser into the closet underneath the upper row of clothes. My first thought was, “Dang, what about collared shirts though?” It still worked flawlessly.
How Did Someone Not Think of This Already?
Redesigning the clothes hanger this way seemed like such an obvious solution to a common problem that I assumed someone had thought of it before, or there was an underlying flaw I hadn’t realized with my design due to inventor’s blinders (everyone invents the best thing ever and it’s perfect, nothing wrong at all!). When I couldn’t find another similar hanger, and never discovered the fatal “GOTCHA!” flaw, I started asking friends their thoughts, patent searching, and speaking with my Business Law Professor about my idea. Everyone gave me the “Why didn’t I think of that?” Having fully expected to be shot down, all of the feedback I received was remarkably positive so I applied for a patent. Expecting a long, complicated process, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted all patent claims on my first application, a rare occurrence, and awarded me patent 7,404,503 9-months after my application date-a record for my patent firm.
My senior year, my team and I won the undergrad D.W. Reynolds Tri-State Business plan competition with Higher Hangers and were awarded nearly $40,000 in cash. In 2010 I won a product search competition hosted by a major housewares retailer, but they didn’t bring Higher Hangers to market because it was too risky to invest a few hundred thousand dollars in manufacturing tooling for a product that hadn’t changed in over 100 years (lol). After 6 years of technical sales in oil & gas, I left the corporate world to bring Higher Hangers to market myself.
I attended high school in Houston, TX and graduated from John Brown University in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Management. I have lived in Denver, Colorado since 2012 and enjoy cycling, skiing, hiking, fishing, and motorsport.
Please support this project of mine to help bring Higher Hangers to market.
Risks and challenges
Right now we only have one mold which has allowed us to build and test the exact product you will receive. We need your support to help make additional molds, finalize & optimize packaging, and streamline the logistics process to bring our costs to a viable level.
We have paired with one of the largest, most professional factories in the world for producing clothes hangers. They are able to supply as many as we can sell, but the cost isn't feasible with only one mold. More molds will help reduce our cost and increase our efficiency to finally bring Higher Hangers to the masses.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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