The worst thing about those over-the-door hangers is that they never quite fit right. They usually ruin the door frame and paint when you try to close the door, if it closes at all. We live in an old place where there’s about 20 layers of paint on each door and we already have to struggle to close the door completely. To use those hangers we actually have to leave the door totally open. We also have a plastic hook for our aprons in the kitchen but that has gotten utterly deformed from just that small bit of weight on it.
So is that it? Are we doomed to funky hangers and dents, scratches, and holes?
The other day I received a Zip ‘n Hang. I hoped everything was intact as the packaging was a bit ‘lacking’. It was just wrapped in an inside-out UPS bubble envelope with no support whatsoever. Fortunately, all the contents were okay. I received my Zip ‘n Hang apparatus, a standard hook, a jumbo hook, and a ironing board attachment.
The Zip ‘n Hang is a very simple concept. Instead of a thick, bulky hanger you use the two loops made of sturdy gauge wire. You can adjust the retractable wires by pressing the button on the side. It’s surprisingly powerful but might require a slight pull-and-release technique. Different accessories just screw on.
After you extend a good amount of wire, just pop it over the corners of an open door. No worries about it scratching as it as a pad on the back of the Zip ‘n Hang and the wire has two plastic covers. As this door has a particularly tight fit, I needed to adjust it so extra room was made around the edges.
This works perfectly for our aprons and the pantry door closes all the way, well as much as it would without the wires. I also tested it with our ironing board but, though it did hold, there were a couple of creaking noises from the Zip ‘n Hang and I quickly took it off.
While the mechanism works well, the presentation needs some work. The Zip ‘n Hang logo is not imprinted on the item at all. Instead, it is a clear sticker just stuck on there. The ironing board accessory seems quickly welded together then dipped. It was not filed down or given a smooth finish and has bumps poking out. It seems little to no attention was given to detail in crafting each piece.
With a lifetime guarantee, I plan on using my Zip ‘n Hang for years to come. With that in mind, the $12.99 retail price seems reasonable but if I were to purchase it, I probably look for a discount.