Someone spent 3 years designing these foldable coat hangers

A designer with one of her folding coat hangers, or Coat Hingers
(Image credit: Simone Giertz)

Often the most successful product designs aren't entirely new inventions but small game-changing reformulations of things that have long existed. These ingenious folding coat hangers are the perfect example. 

Sometimes you don't have space for a closet, and even some closets designed to accommodate full-size hangers aren't quite deep enough, causing clothes to rub against the door. Three years in the making, Coat Hingers, as designer Simone Giertz calls them, aim to fix that problem by folding in half to save space (if you're looking for bargains on more technological products, see our Apple Black Friday 2023 roundup).

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Launched as a Kickstarter project this month, Coat Hingers can be used as standard hangers or they can be folded to fit into a smaller space, though Giertz recommends using them with her own rods, which have grooves to keep the hangers aligned. She's planning to produce three different kits in four color options: charcoal, white, red and green.

"It takes creativity to fit everything you need in a small space. Coat Hingers turn nooks and crannies into functional closets, and are a completely new way of storing clothes," the Swedish designer and YouTuber says.

The designer says the idea of the Coat Hinger came to her in Autumn of 2020 when she moved into a new house in Los Angeles and fond she didn’t have enough space for a clothes rack. She and her team went through 124 iterations to finally arrive at a design for a stainless steel coat hanger with an injection molded acetal hinge. She aims to start fulfilling orders in May 2024.

Coat Hingers folding coat hangers

Giertz went through 124 iterations to reach the final design of her folding coat hangers (Image credit: Simone Giertz)

Giertz's first product design was the Every Day Calendar back in 2018. She has since founded the Yetch Store, which offers intriguing products such as a screwdriver ring and an intentionally incomplete jigsaw puzzle.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.