How To Pack Hangers For Moving (Efficiently!)

How To Pack Clothes Hangers For Moving

Moving can be such a hassle. The process seems never-ending, and just when you think you’re done with the final box, another one appears.

Some items like clothes hangers can end up being more of a nuisance than anything else you’ll pack in your bedroom. You stack a few of them together for the move, and you feel like they need a moving truck of their own because of how much space they take.

Let’s look at a couple of methods on how to pack hangers for moving more efficiently.

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What to Do Before Packing Your Hangers

Before you start trying to pack your hangers efficiently, these are a few steps we recommend to do beforehand to make the process simpler:

Ask Yourself if They’re Worth It

Hangers come in different qualities. Some of them are on the cheaper side.

If yours aren’t of great quality, consider leaving them behind. Hangers are widely available anywhere, so it wouldn’t be worth the trouble to pack them if they’re not that expensive. This brings us to the next step.

Sort Them Out According to Quality

Sorting Hangers Before a Move

Gather all your hangers, put the plastic ones together, the wooden ones together, and so on. That way, you can prioritize packing the ones with good quality.

Give Away the Ones You Don’t Need

We don’t want to waste the unneeded hangers.

Instead, consider offering them to the dry cleaning place in your area, or ask your neighbors if they might need them.

You can even donate them to charitable causes. That way, you can put them to good use instead of wasting them.

Now let’s take a look at how we can efficiently pack them.

How to Pack Hangers for Moving Efficiently

Here are a few methods to make the process a bit smoother.

Clean Garbage Bags

One of the simplest methods is to wrap them up neatly in small groups using a clean garbage bag.

  • First, stack your hangers together in groups of five to seven pieces. Don’t stack more hangers to avoid breakage.
  • Tape your hangers together from the head so that they’ll be held together.
  • Then get your clean bag and poke a hole in its end.
  • Put your hangers in the bag and let the taped heads out from the hole in the back.
  • Wrap the garbage bag around the body of the hangers like you’re using wrapping paper to wrap a gift.
  • Use tape after wrapping the bag to make sure the hangers stay well wrapped inside the bags.

That way, you’ve grouped your hangers neatly and wrapped them well to prevent them from moving around inside the boxes or breaking during the move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe Box

This might be one of the most efficient methods, though it’s a bit on the pricier side.

All you need to do is keep your clothes on your hangers, place them both inside these special cardboard boxes called wardrobe boxes.

Wardrobe boxes are basically boxes designed for transporting clothes. They’re perfect for the job because these boxes come with metal hanging rods similar to those in a normal wardrobe.

So you simply transfer both clothes and hangers into the boxes and hang them on the metal hanging rod that comes in each box.

This method is quick and efficient and protects both your hangers and your clothes. The problem with this method is that wardrobe boxes can be very expensive and can take up a lot of storage space.

Rubber Bands

You’ll finally find a use for those rubber bands you’ve been collecting since middle school.

What you need to do is:

  • Sort your hangers together by quality. Be sure to keep your wired hangers separated from your plastic and wooden ones because they can tangle things together.
  • Put them together in groups of Seven to Ten Pieces
  • You can either use long rubber bands or tie short ones together to make a long chain. You don’t want to overstretch the bands too much, or they’ll break. The pressure might even cause the hangers to break.
  • Grab one rubber band or one long chain. Wrap it around the neck part of the grouped-together hangers.
  • Tie it down with the bottom part of the hangers.
  • Tie another knot around the neck again. That way, you can make sure your hangers are steady and well held together.
  • For the final touch, wrap an old bed sheet over your hanger groups for extra protection. Of course, you can also use an old blanket, but that will take up more storage space, so a bed sheet would be more convenient.

If rubber bands aren’t available, you can also use stretch tape as an alternative.

Opposite-Faced Bundles

This one is nice and quick and doesn’t require a lot of materials. What you’ll need for this method are some tape and moving boxes.

  • First, make bundles of six hangers together.
  • Tape the top parts of the hangers together.
  • Tape the bottom parts together as well to make sure the hangers are well held together.
  • Grab your box and place a bundle sideways with the hook at the bottom of the box.
  • Grab your next bundle and place it the same way. Only rotate it to be opposite of the previous bundle.
  • Repeat the process with the rest of the bundles until your box is full.

Another tip is if you have small-sized hangers. Make them in bundles like the normal size ones and after you fill your box, place them in between the normal-sized bundles.

How NOT to Pack Hangers for Moving

You may have an idea just to leave your hangers in your wardrobe and let them be moved inside it. It can be a tempting idea because it’ll seem like you saved space and moved them safely.

However, that wouldn’t be the best approach. The hangers won’t just stay steady on your wardrobe hanging rod. The second the moving truck departs, they’ll be all over the place and break very easily.

Not to mention that the broken pieces can easily scratch your wardrobe. So no, that approach may seem reasonable, but it’ll just cause damage.

Another thing that might come to mind is that you can just put your hangers in a box, and that’s it. Quick and easy, right? Not really.

Hangers can easily get tangled together. With the truck’s movement, they’ll bend out of shape or break. It’ll also be a waste of space and boxes.

If you don’t take the time to use the methods above or at least tape them together somehow, you’ll just be moving a lot of lightweight boxes full of hangers placed randomly. The space inside the boxes won’t be used efficiently.


To sum things up, with a bit of time and effort, you can answer the haunting question of how to pack hangers for moving.

Before packing them, sort them according to quality and keep hangers with the same material together in groups. Give away or donate the ones of cheap quality.

You can use clean garbage bags to group your hangers and wrap them neatly. You can also use rubber bands to bundle them and tie them together.

Another method is to use wardrobe boxes to pack both your hangers and clothes together. You can use tape and boxes, bundle them together and organize the bundles opposite from each other.

With these steps, the process won’t be so daunting anymore. Happy moving!


I've been a college coach for going on 20 years now and that career has led Jen and I on quite the journey. We've lived in 7 different states and have moved a dozen different times. We've learned A LOT over the course of all those moves and we want to pass on our knowledge to help others going through the moving process.

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