Hanging Storage for Handbags

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Hanging Storage for Handbags
Hang a handbag on a cup hook. (hooks image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Handbags, also called purses or pocketbooks, are an essential element in a woman's wardrobe. Formal or casual, handbags are typically made of fabric, synthetic materials or leather. Quality handbags are an investment and should be properly cared for to prolong the life of the purse. Handbags have handles, straps or are clutch styles which sometimes feature a narrow, removable strap inside for hanging the purse when stored. Storing handbags in an organised manner prevents the purse from incurring damage.

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Wood Suit Hanger

Wood suit hangers are made of wood and metal. Made to withstand the weight of a suit, suit hangers are more durable than ordinary plastic or metal wire hangers. You have two ways to store a handbag on a suit hanger, depending on the hanger style and handbag style. Some suit hangers have a wood bar that unfastens at one end for sliding the fold of trousers over. Slide the handbag handle or strap over the wood bar and refasten the bar. Hang the hanger on a closet rod or hook. Or place the handbag handle or strap around the hook portion of the hanger and hang. For clutch style handbags with no storage strap, place the handbag into the foot of one leg of a pair of pantyhose, and tie the hose end around the bar or hook.

Cup Hooks

Cup hooks may be purchased at discount, grocery and home improvement stores. Easily screwed into ceiling joists, wall studs or beneath a wood closet shelf, you can hang one or two handbags on each cup hook by the handbag handles or strap. Use a stud locator to find a ceiling joist or wall stud. Don't install the cup hook through drywall with no stud behind the hook, or the weight of the handbag on the hook may rip the hook from the wall. For handbags with no handle or strap, use the leg of pantyhose storage method discussed in the wood suit hanger storage method.

Metal Utility Shelf Bracket

Metal utility shelf brackets are sold individually for use in installing shelves on walls. Available in many colours and sizes at home improvement, discount and hardware stores, metal utility shelf brackets can be installed with screws through the wall into a wall stud. Install the metal bracket high on the wall to avoid the danger of running into it in the closet. Slide the straps or handles over the metal bracket. Larger brackets can store several handbags. Metal brackets may be purchased in single units or together as pairs depending on the manufacturer. Brackets are inexpensive.

Cafe Curtain Rod

Purchase a cafe curtain rod with two accompanying brackets at home improvement, hardware or discount stores. Install the brackets onto the wall over two wall studs or onto the edge of a wood closet shelf. Cafe rods pop onto the hook on each bracket or simply lay on top of the bracket. Lift the rod from the bracket, slide handles or straps (or the pantyhose leg method for clutches) over the rod. Return the rod end to the bracket. Because cafe rods are adjustable, you can choose how long the rod will be and how many handbags you wish to hang and store on the rod.

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