Petite Hangers For Narrow Shouldered Wardrobes (& a Giveaway)


**UPDATE: Only Hangers is offering 20% off for readers with code alterationsneeded through Monday, February 11th, 2013. Enjoy! ;) **

Hangers and closets go together like peanut butter and jelly, so since the topic of my blog revolves around my wardrobe, you can bet I’ve given some thought to hangers over the years.

Hangers fulfill many functions…they keep your clothes off the floor, organized and neat, and if you’re like me, can turn your closet into your “happy place” by making everything look like your own personal boutique. Hangers can help preserve the shape and fit of your garments…or…as I’ve been finding with my current hanger situation…can stretch or put lumps and bumps in your clothes if they aren’t the right size.

A few years ago, I wanted a nice looking closet where all the hangers matched, so I did what most people do…I marched into Bed Bath & Beyond with a fist full of those coupon thingys and bought a big box of velvet flocked hangers. My closet looked amazingly better after that, but a few years later, I found myself struggling with them.


A chunk of my closet outfitted with mostly velvet flocked hangers

I’ve noticed, especially with my blazers and silk blouses, these annoying bumps at the upper arm where the hanger is poking into the fabric. These bumps remain visible while wearing, and make me nervous about more delicate fabrics such as silk blouses which are prone to stretching. I’ve tried several different types of hangers to try and alleviate the problem, but the only solution appeared to be narrower hangers.


Blazers with some of the different hangers I’ve tried

The anxiety of stretched out upper arms on my silks and blazers finally moved me to do a search for narrow hangers. Mass market stores don’t sell anything beyond average and children’s sizes, so I looked to specialty retailers online. After a few days of searching, the company that intrigued me the most was Only Hangers.

I first came upon the Only Hangers Petite Wooden Dress Hangers and Only Hangers Petite Wooden Suit Hangers, both of which measure in at a much narrower 15.5″. I really liked how these petite hangers came in two colors, natural and walnut, which I didn’t see very many other retailers offer.

Then, after clicking around a little more and exploring the “children’s” options, I found the Only Hangers Junior Hangers which measure in at an even narrower 14″…once again offered in two colors, natural and walnut.

I really love that Only Hangers offers two narrow hanger sizes, in two colors and two styles each…and at a better price than the other competitors I looked at. I’ll also mention here that Only Hangers is a reliable brand, sold at mass market chains such as Linens and Things, which helped ease any hesitations.


Hangers from top left:

Junior Top Hanger in Natural :: Junior Top Hanger with Clips in Natural :: Junior Top Hanger in Walnut :: Junior Top Hanger with Clips in Walnut :: Petite Top Hanger in Natural :: Petite Suit Hanger in Natural :: Petite Top Hanger in Walnut :: Petite Suit Hanger in Walnut

I contacted Only Hangers and they were very generous to send me some hangers to play with. My shirts and blazers measure between 13″ and 14″ in the shoulder, so the junior 14″ hanger was a better fit for my wardrobe. Here’s a comparison of the much better fitting 14″ hanger (I chose the walnut color) to the velvet flocked hangers I had been using for several years. There is almost a 2″ difference at the ends of the two hanger types.


When I hung up a few blazers on the narrower 14″ hangers, here’s what I saw…


No more poking and stretching in the upper arm! My blazers and shirts also rest smoother and with less bulk on these narrower hangers. I now notice that on the wider velvet flocked hangers, blazers and shirts looked like they were “busting off” the hanger.

The next issue to tackle is the little problem of silky blouses and tanks falling off the smooth surface of wooden hangers. For this, Only Hangers were kind enough to send me some velvet flocked hanger Garment Grips. These are little stickers that provide friction to keep garments from slipping off wooden hangers. These worked perfectly at keeping my silks, tanks and dresses securely on the hanger. Blazers and most tops did not need any Garment Grips, so I only put these on the hangers I thought needed them.



I happily spent the better part of an afternoon tossing all my velvet flocked hangers across the room, and gently placing my favorite garments on their new wooden homes. The result is very clean and nice looking, as well as I’m now worry-free about the state of my silks and blazers.


Same rack of clothes on their properly sized, wooden hanger homes

I’m really happy with the way my clothes fit and look on these properly sized hangers, and can’t imagine going back to any other size. My next step will be to match these beautiful top hangers with some skirt and pant hangers in the same style and walnut color to complete the look of the closet.

I know some closets are tight on space, which makes wooden hangers a less viable option than space-saving slimline hangers. Unfortunately, no company that I found makes these hangers in any specialty sizes beyond the 17″ adult and 12″ child sizes at this time. I hope the surge in popularity of slimline hangers prompts a company or two to consider making them in other narrow and wide widths (hint, hint, Only Hangers ;)  ).

PS…Only Hangers also has wide width wood hangers for those who find average size hangers too small (instead of stretching at the upper arm, you’ll see stretching above the shoulder).

**Only Hangers is offering 20% off for readers with code alterationsneeded through Monday, February 11th, 2013. Enjoy! ;) **

Only Hangers has been incredibly generous and is offering a wonderful giveaway to readers…

The Prize:

  • One (1) winner will win one (1) box of 100 Only Hangers wooden hangers in the size and color of their choice.
  • The winner will be able to choose between 14″ (junior), 15.5″ (petite), or 17″ (regular) size hangers, and between natural or walnut color.

The Rules:

  • One (1) winner will be chosen at random at the close of the giveaway from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be contacted by email, and will have three (3) days to respond with their size choice, color choice, and mailing address. If the winner fails to respond within three (3) days of the notification email, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Giveaway closes at 12:00 AM ET on Monday, February 4th.
  • US residents only.

To Enter:

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  • Olyvia says:

    Ever since I bought a new house, I’ve been wanting to start over with my closet and make it look boutique-like and I hardly ever see any nice hangers out there and especially small ones (non-children size). I noticed that a lot of my jackets have that annoying bump at the sleeves too…and I have to smooth them down with water every morning before wearing them…..I have never thought to look into different types of hangers (most of mine are these generic cheep plastic ones from walmart). I’m definitely am going to look into ordering these hangers! Thanks so much for sharing your great find!

  • le petit fifi says:

    omg! Thank you for this posting! I have had so many shirts and jackets left with a weird bump on my sleeve from over sized hangers! I actually hang my leather jackets on kids hangers so the leather doesn’t stretch! I will def be looking into purchasing these! xo

  • Vicky says:

    This is one of the best giveaways I have seen. Thanks Kelly and Only Hangers! The review is very detailed and comprehensive. I will certainly enter.

  • Krystal Vezina says:

    My mind is blown! I complain about this EVERY laundry day. Never did I imagine there existed a hanger for us little people! Good one on you, thinking to search for a solution. All the larger people in my family never understand why I’m annoyed. Especially when I get bumps, or have to stretch out a crewneck to fit it on a hanger.

  • Abby says:

    Oooohh…nice giveaway!

  • Franziska says:

    your closet is beautiful (or your partial closet). I love seeing pretty clothes all hanging up neat and in order…and facing the same direction. I may be a slight bit OCD…

  • KD says:

    Great giveaway, but, I’m just confused to how you’re going to email the winner if we didn’t need to submit our emails on any of the entries?

    • Good question KD! Rafflecopter (the widget I’m using to collect giveaway entries) collects your name and email address when you sign up for an account with them. If you log into Rafflecopter and enter the giveaway, Rafflecopter gives me that information automatically.

  • SME45 says:

    OOO awesome. Thanks for the giveaway :O)

  • Petiteish says:

    Love this! I have been noticing the same thing in my closet. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Tess N says:

    This post is so timely, I’m in the middle of going through my hangers! FYI I bought 14″ hangers at a store which sells supplies to clothing retailers so that’s another way to find them (the store I went to only had plastic 14″ hangers though). Amazon also has a chrome 14″ hanger (they list it as a lingerie hanger) and I’ve seen small chrome hangers listed at a retailer supply store.

  • Dearest Kelly,

    For me the Escada Company Store hangers that I always received at the Outlets work like a charm. Especially for the pants and skirts. They’re the best. If the bottom hangers have ‘fingers’ they take up way too much space and often fingers break off in the end. Escada also provided white and black ones, coordinating with the garment it needs to hang… You are so right about those bumps and they can permanently stretch a garment.

    Hugs to you,


  • sydney85 says:

    I would love to win these hangers. I am just starting to redo my closet and noticed those shoulder bumps. These would be amazing.

  • Laura Lee says:

    Ridiculously excited about this giveaway and possible coupon code. I’ve been complaining about shoulder bumps for years!

  • elizabeth says:

    I want these hangers ! I never realized that anyone made petite ones.

  • Lindsay Henderson says:

    These hangers look great! I’m always worried about long hangers stretching out the shoulders and leaving those awful bumps in my clothes. Thanks for bringing them to my attention and for the awesome giveaway!

  • Diana Wu says:

    nice! had no idea these existed!

  • juebejue says:

    wow! probably the best giveaway ever :) i’ve been thinking about getting some petite hanger myself, after eyeing my baby’s hangers ;)

  • Megan says:

    This is so great! I have always wondered about this, but never seen petite hangers before! And yes, a pretty closet makes a world of difference!

  • DC says:

    My closet only holds about 20 hangers so I might as well let someone with a more generously-sized closet win these.

  • Petite Tomatoes says:

    great post! So informative

  • I gotta go home and measure the width I need! Love the idea of velvet stickers on the tops of wooden hangers too. What do you think of those “pillowed” hangers that are straight across? And I never knew silk might stretch. Golly I have to go home and check that hanger stat!

    • Hi Lisa! I was never a fan of those big pillowed straight hangers. They seem to take up so much space! I think I had one once that I put a delicate item on, and I ended up getting rid of it because it didn’t really prove it’s worth to me. Plus they’re usually silky, so clothes slide off easily. I bet a closet full of them would be very boudoir-chic though!

  • Ohnoes! says:

    Oh no! What if we jumped the gun and ordered the hangers before the 20% off code? Do you think Only Hangers would apply the discount if we call in with our order number?

    • Arg! Yes, give them a call tomorrow and see if they’ll apply the discount. If not, you can ask to cancel your order, and then re-order with the code. And if all else fails, shot me an email and I’ll see if I can do something on my end.

      • Ohnoes! says:

        So I just called them and was told that the coupon just came out so it wouldnt apply to my order, and since I put the order in jan 25 (yes, I jumped the gun that early) it was being shipped out today so it was too late for me to cancel and reorder. If I wanted to use the coupon I would have to return and reorder, which I think would negate the benefits of the coupon. Also, how do I find your email? Thanks!

        • Email me at kelly(at) My email can be found under “about” and “contact” for future reference. Sent me the name you used to order and order number and I’ll see if I can work something out, but since the order was placed even 2 days before I posted about them, there’s a chance I can’t plead your case. I’ll give it my best shot!

  • This is brilliant! I actually keep a lot of hangars from my dry cleaners because they are more narrow than the reg hangars I’ve got. This is a great idea!

  • Ashley Nolan says:

    These would come in handy, I have so many clothes I could hang!

  • Mich LA says:

    Amazing find! I am in the midst of searching for new hangers during my closet re-do, so this couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks, Kelly!

  • Rae says:

    I never thought such hangers existed! This is great since my closet is narrow in width and regular hangers “stick out” or are cramped. Now, time to do the measurements.

  • KC says:

    amazing! i’d never seen these before, only kid-size or baby-size hangers :) i have gotten worried about items that get stretched out arms (and have lost a couple sweaters to that), so it got to the point where I would just fold the item rather than hanging them up. these hangers would be a lifesaver! :)


  • Jennifer says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I am a long-time reader of Alterations Needed, but I usually just read/lurk. However, I feel moved to comment because I ordered 100 14″ wooden hangers from OnlyHangers and I used the coupon code you provided. They arrived yesterday. It felt great, even better than I expected, to have matching, wooden hangers that fit my clothes instead of deforming them. I threw all my old hangers on floor as I systematically worked through my closet.

    I just wanted to say, thank you for doing the legwork on locating these and then sharing the information with your readers (and even providing a coupon code). Much appreciated.

  • Patricia Gomes says:

    Just discovered your blog, read this and said to myself “aha”! I’m only 5 feet tall so as you imagine, I have exactly the same problem! For a while I made do with a stack of hangers I’d bought from a closing Mango store that sold all their furniture and stuff, but eventually I needed more and it was really difficult to find anything with the exact measure for my shoulders! Definitely following you from now, and bookmarking this in particular :-)

  • Lorraine says:

    This is so helpful! I just bought junior hangers, the grips, some pants hangers and some of the slim line children’s hangers and the pads, that I hope will work for the tops I currently hang on too big padded hangers.

    I thank you for posting this for us “fun sized” ladies.

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