Clothes hanger has to be one of the simplest yet most effective and impactful inventions of the modern world.

With its triangular shape and hooks there really isn’t much to describe its appearance.

As for its function the name itself (clothes hanger) seems to be enough of a hint.

Any clothes hanger, or rather any RESPECTABLE clothes hanger, will have three hooks.

The obvious one would be situated at the top of the stunted triangle shape.

Two more happen to be under the ‘shoulders’ or shoulder straps of the hanger.


Top Hook

If anyone already does not know the answer to ‘What the top hook is for?’, he/she must be an alien who has no idea about everyday human tools and objects.

Either that, or they aren’t exactly the smartest of the bunch.

The top hook is that big hook at the top of the hanger and it is used to hang the hanger on a rack.

In almost all cupboards all over the world there will be sliding racks for people to hang their hangers-on.

It most certainly works better than the usual room chair that bachelors like throwing their clothes on.


Top Hook – A Little History

Albert J.

Parkhouse was the man behind this simple innovation to hang clothes.

Apparently, he went into work one morning and was irritated by the fact that there were no hooks to hang his overcoat.

So, in a moment of sheer determination, he picked up a wire and bent it to the shape of the hanger we know today, hook and all.

That was reportedly the first appearance of the hanger and the big hook that comes with it.


Bottom Hooks

There are two additional hooks under the bottom of the shoulder straps.

These hooks have, for a while, garnered confusion among people in regards to their purpose.

The shoulder straps are supposedly sufficient for any shirt.

However, this confusion may not be shared my women.

This may be because of the fact that women tend to wear tops that have thin flimsy straps for shoulders.

The normal ‘shoulders’ of the hanger would not be able to hold those tops in place.

That is where the hooks come in handy.

The thin straps of the top are simply placed into each of the hooks and that should be enough to hold the top in place.