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Stay-Put Pants

Martha Stewart Living, June 2004

The same felt glides that keep scratches off wood floors keep pants on wood hangers. At the hardware store, look for glides measuring between 1/2 and 3/4 inch. Stick two glides onto each hanger, 3 to 4 inches in from each end and over the top of the rod. Hang trousers; they'll no longer slide around or fall into a wrinkled heap on the floor.

Comments (28)

  • tess_of_st_paul 30 Jul, 2010

    RE: "I'm afraid that folding them on a hanger would leave creases." - Pattyquinn, I think if your pants have creases from hanging this way, you either hung them up before they were dry, or, you don't wear them often enough to justify keeping them in your closet. (If they belong to a special ocassion outfit - like a tux -- then I would hang them full-length on clips.)

  • tess_of_st_paul 30 Jul, 2010

    RE: "I'm afraid that folding them on a hanger would leave creases." - Pattyquinn, I think if your pants have creases from hanging this way, you either hung them up before they were dry, or, you don't wear them often enough to justify keeping them in your closet. (If they belong to a special ocassion outfit - like a tux -- then I would hang them full-length on clips.)

  • theflyingacc 30 Jul, 2010

    Thank you, I love this idea>> it works for keeping tops on hangers too! Bless you great idea

  • atlacm1 18 Feb, 2010

    I prefer to use pants hangers, but this is a great idea. I would actually use a larger piece of felt (1-1/2 to 2") on the top sloped parts of hanger to keep shirts, etc. from slipping off.

  • atlacm1 18 Feb, 2010

    IKEA sells wooden hangers that are inexpensive and last forever (ends up being cheaper than velvet hangers). Granted you can't get as many in your closet, but since stuffing your closet leads to wrinkled clothes, the wooden hangers actually allow the space necessary to prevent your clothes from becoming wrinkled and enough air flow around them to keep them fresh.

  • barbmanch 18 Feb, 2010

    I am also a huge fan of the space saving velvet hangers, but this will work well for my husband's hangers!

  • barbmanch 18 Feb, 2010

    I am also a huge fan of the space saving velvet hangers, but this will work well for my husband's hangers!

  • tess_of_st_paul 18 Feb, 2010

    Wooden hangers are expensive and take up a lot of space. I use the velvet covered hangers (Joy Mangano makes them for HSN and you can buy them at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.) They're about $1/hangar and you don't have to futz with sticking stuff on the hanger and get more hangers in your closet.

  • nancygirl1255 18 Feb, 2010

    I also like the idea of using old pantyhose on hangers but wondered what is the best way to attach them?

  • nancygirl1255 18 Feb, 2010

    I also like the idea of using old pantyhose on hangers but wondered what is the best way to attach them?

  • psbrady54 18 Feb, 2010

    What a good idea! Thanks for the tip!

  • Jugtree 18 Feb, 2010

    Dear Martha and Staff,
    You are recylcing these ideas far to often. Some newer content wold be nice, or just indicate that you are re-distributing content previously published.

    At our house, we are trying to limit the new stuff that coes in, by attemptig to replace items only. As in, buy a new pair of pants, donate an older pair, so that the net impact to the closet is 0.

  • Jugtree 18 Feb, 2010

    Dear Martha and Staff,
    You are recylcing these ideas far to often. Some newer content wold be nice, or just indicate that you are re-distributing content previously published.

    At our house, we are trying to limit the new stuff that coes in, by attemptig to replace items only. As in, buy a new pair of pants, donate an older pair, so that the net impact to the closet is 0.

  • cwhittington 18 Feb, 2010

    No pants on the ground! No pants on the ground!

  • LindaShimek 14 Aug, 2008

    I also get the oblong glides and put them on my regular hangers to hold on those slippery blouses or camies.

  • JoyceW45 9 Aug, 2008

    Adhesive "mole skin" which can be found with foot care products also works and can be cut to size.

  • ITSY37 8 Aug, 2008

    rubber bands does the trick also.

  • nana2oneboy 8 Aug, 2008

    Both my DH and I use the clip type wooden hangers for pants. Sometimes the thinner pants slide off and fall into a heap at the bottom of the closet. I have used thick rubber bands to help the pants stay on the hanger, but they break after a while. I hope this idea will help solve that problem. Thanks Martha!

  • lindacabler 8 Aug, 2008

    Another great way to keep pants from sliding on the hangers is to wrap snagged panty hose around the hanger. Also when you wrap the hose around the tops og hangers sweaters will not have a hanger mark on the shoulder.
    Lindacabler

  • carepac 8 Aug, 2008

    Great Idea - It seems to me that (if strategically placed) you could also use these felt pads for those slippery blouses or cami's that slide off the hangers. PAC

  • neffi16 8 Aug, 2008

    Gosh! Why have I not thought of this before? One of my biggest pet peeves alieviated! Thanks for adding the blouse tip!

  • BeccaCreates 8 Aug, 2008

    Would this also work on plastic tubular hangers. That is what my budget allows but I would love to try this out to keep blouses and pants from sliding off.

  • bjhinokcok 8 Aug, 2008

    I use the "grip" type shelf paper on hangers to prevent sliding. Works wonderful!. Also, use it under futon pads

  • jeannecre 8 Aug, 2008

    I use the stick on velcro. Both pieces. The felt side I hang knit type pants on it and the gripper side any other pants that won't get pulls such as denim.

  • lbuser 8 Aug, 2008

    I didn't know people still hang pants like this. I use clip style to hang pants so no crease. But I really like kazzy's idea of using these pads for blouses. I have several that just won't stay on the hangers no matter what, and I have some of these felt pads left over from an old project. I will have to give this a try.

  • pattyquinn 8 Aug, 2008

    I have always hung my pants from clip hangers. They hang full length taking up extra room int he closet. But I'm afraid that folding them on a hanger would leave creases. Any thoughts or suggestions? THANKS!

  • kazzy 8 Aug, 2008

    Perfect also for blouses that slide off the hanger; just place the felt pads on the top half of the hanger.

    Thanks

  • desertmama 8 Aug, 2008

    what a simple, yet effective idea ! this might work, as well, on the shoulder area of hangers for "slippery" fabric items....