Understanding Hangers, Hooks and Shapes - Travel hanger – ConvertAHanger®

Understanding Hangers - Hooks and Shapes

According to American Hotel


  • OPEN HOOK hangers are the most common type. They fit on almost any closet hanger rod and can be removed and returned easily. For those same reasons, however, they are the most commonly stolen hangers.
  • SMALL HOOK HANGERS are very similar to standard open hook, except that they can only be used with special narrow hanger rods, 5⁄8" in diameter (standard hanger bar diameters usually run 1" to 11⁄2" in diameter). Easy to remove and return, but less likely to be stolen because of their size.
  • BALL TOP hangers are designed specifically to prevent theft while still offering guests the convenience of removing hangers from the closet. Can only be used with special ball top receptacles or special slotted wall racks. Not as convenient to remove or return as hooked hangers, but more secure.
  • CLOSED LOOP hangers are our most theft-resistant hangers. These hangers are added to the hanger bar before installation. The closed loop prevents the hangers from being removed from the closet wall rack, which may make it difficult for guests to hang garments.


  • CONTOURED HANGERS were originally designed for finer garments such as dress suits. The curved design allows the shoulder area of garments to hang more naturally. The contour hanger has a better design for clothing, but also tends to be a more expensive option.
  • CONCAVE HANGERS provide similar benefits as the contoured hanger. Feature two straight “arms” joined at an angle. Allow clothes to hang naturally, but less expensive because it is not curved.
  • STRAIGHT HANGERS are the most common hangers purchased. The straight design makes them easier to manufacture than contoured or concave hangers, thus bringing down the cost of the hanger. Though more economical, the straight hanger does not allow garments to hang as naturally.


  • No longer a need to carry travel hangers, folding hangers or inflatable hangers.

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