Neckties can be difficult to organize. They slip and slide off hangers, often ending up in a pile on the closet floor. This results in dust and wrinkles. Not particularly attractive. Especially if you’re trying to present yourself with a “dress for success” look. But what can you do about it? Quite a bit, actually. There are plenty of racks and specialty hooks available for keeping ties in the closet. Some drawer dividers can even work if you lack hanging space. Just learn to roll them so they don’t wrinkle. Try these tie storage ideas. One of them is guaranteed to work for your situation.
Types of Tie Organizers
There are two ways to store a tie. You can either hang it up or put it in a drawer. Ties that are hung don’t get wrinkles unless they fall to the ground. But piles of expensive neckties on the floor are often a big problem in households that don’t have the right racks and hooks to keep them hanging in place. Drawers are another option. Ties kept in a drawer won’t wrinkle if they are rolled and stored properly. But both drawer size and rolling technique are important if you don’t want your neckties to become a jumbled mess. The best way to store your ties will depend on how many you have and how much effort you’re willing to put into maintaining them. Consider all the options before you decide.
There are many models of tie racks to choose from. The chief benefit is that each one holds numerous ties. Some inexpensive racks are just fancy hangers. But these tend to be the worst culprits when it comes to losing ties to the floor because the tie hangers end up sandwiched between other articles of clothing that are constantly being placed on and off the clothes rod. The constant movement allows neckties to slip loose. Wall-mount and under-shelf racks are better. The design isolates each hanging necktie, helping them stay put. And many are designed to slide in and out of the closet for space-saving purposes. We especially like wall-mount racks and under-shelf racks for tie organization. Each has benefits depending on your closet and the size of your necktie collection.
Sliding Wall-Mount/Panel-Mount Tie Racks:
If you hang your necktie, it won’t get wrinkles. That’s why dry cleaners always use this tie storage idea. But hanging a tie in the closet can be tricky. This is especially true for slippery silk ties. One foolproof way to hang them so that they don’t fall is with a wall-mount tie rack. Sliding models can help if you’re tight on space. These racks are designed to fit most custom closet systems. Just mount the rack to one of the vertical support panels in your closet. Use any of the pre-drilled holes found on the inside of the panels. But measure the width of these panels first. Tie racks are available for both 12-inch and 14-inch panels. Each holds up to 18 ties. The sliding racks move forward and backward like a drawer, allowing access to your ties whenever you need them and hiding them away when you don’t.
You can still use these racks even If you don’t have a custom laminate closet system. Just mount them to the wall instead of a closet panel. But be sure to use a wooden cleat with a wall-mount installation. The cleat is any narrow strip of lumber about 5-inches high and ½ to 1-inch thick. The cleat needs to be long enough to cover the distance between two studs. Use a stud finder to mark the location where you will install the cleat. Nail or screw your cleat to the wall, making sure it hits a stud on either end. Then just mount the tie rack to the cleat. The thickness of the cleat should allow the rack to clear any trim around a door or window when it is extended.
Under-Shelf Tie Racks/Tie Butler:
Under-shelf mount tie racks are great for people with a lot of ties. These racks typically hold about 44 neckties each and there’s no reason why you can’t have more than one. Instead of screwing into a wall or panel, they mount to the underside of a shelf. The only requirement is 7-inches-width clearance in the closet. And it needs to be a wood/laminate shelf as these don’t work with wire. Some under-shelf racks rotate the ties for you for access. Don’t get one of these because the turning mechanism quickly wears out, batteries need constant replacing, and it has a difficult time running when fully loaded with ties. If you really want to know how to store ties, opt for an under-shelf rack that slides out manually. It will provide years and years of problem-free necktie organization for your closet.
Stationary Tie Hooks:
If sliding racks don’t appeal to you, try a tie hook. Each hook is designed to hold up to eight ties on individual prongs. The great thing about this tie organizer is that it needs very little room. Squeeze one into any odd corner inside your closet. And they come in a multitude of colors and finishes. Hooks may be the best tie storage ideas when you are really tight on closet space. And they’re perfect for children or teens who might only own a few neckties. But they’re useful for adults too. Just use them in multiples. Try putting all your red ties on one hook, blue ones on another, etc. That way, the whole collection will be organized by color as well.
Hanging isn’t the only way to store ties. An alternative method involves keeping them in a drawer. If you go this route, you never have to worry about your neckties accidentally falling to the floor. But the trick is to roll rather than fold them so that won’t become wrinked while in the drawer. But don’t roll too tightly, and always use a drawer organizer. Individual compartments will keep the rolled ties in place, even when one is removed or movement from opening and closing the drawer jostles its contents.
Roll your ties the same way you would pack them in a suitcase. Start grasping the small end of the tie between your index finger and thumb. Carefully wrap the rest of the tie loosely around your finger until it is in a neat, cylindrical shape. A shallow drawer filled with ties rolled this way makes a nice presentation you’ll enjoy looking at every time you need to put on a tie. Beware of the folding method you may have been taught. Folding a necktie in half before rolling can cause creases that may be difficult to get out if the tie is left in that condition for a long time.
Use these tie storage ideas to keep organized.
If you’re the type of person who tends to just lay your tie over the back of a chair when getting undressed, now’s the time to get some real tie organization into your bedroom or closet. Use these tips to create a more organized lifestyle for yourself and your family. Your ties will last longer and it will be easier to find the one you’re looking for. It’s time and money savings combined. Now, who wouldn’t want that?