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Instructions for Making Customized Ethafoam Hangers
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- Instruction for Making Customized Ethafoam Hangers
Garments in good condition are commonly stored by hanging from padded hangers.
The padded hanger provides support but only if the size and padding of the hanger conforms to the style and shape of the garment. A hanger that is too short or too long for the shoulder area of the garment will cause damage such as stress or tears.
These instructions use a commercially available 2 or 3 inch diameter solid Ethafoam™ tube, and a thin stainless steel rod to create a custom hanger.
The Ethafoam can be carved to conform to the shape of the neck and shoulder area, or augmented with padding to provide support for a hanging garment. Most instructions for padded hangers are based on using a purchased hanger made from wood or polystryene. These must be sealed before use. Also the hook may not be long enough to pad out a collar. Our hook is cut specifically to accommodate the height of the collar or other neck detail.
The Ethafoam tube can be cut and carved into any shape to conform to the shoulder area of the garment. Thin stainless steel rod is cut to the desired length and one end rounded to form the hook for the hanger. It is inserted through the middle of the tube. A final covering of either cotton or polyester stockinette covers the hanger. A slit is made in each end of the Ethafoam tube and the stockinette is tucked into the slit. No sewing is required. The hangers can be made quickly and without much cost.