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How to Store Ties: Closet or Drawer — Two Schools of Thought on How to Organize Ties

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How to Organize Ties and Other Necktie Storage Ideas Using Hanging Tie Racks or Rolled Tie Organizers

Neckties are not the wardrobe essential that they once were for most men. Casual business dress has become the norm for almost the entire workforce including many politicians, lawyers and bankers — professions that were once the bastion of formal business attire. Even though the current trend is to go tieless, many men still maintain a large collection of neckties. In many ways, they've become more of a fashion statement and a way to define your unique persona rather than the required uniform of days past. A man wearing a tie is perceived as holding himself to a higher standard. It instantly adds trust, authority and the perception of being a snazzy dresser. There will always be occasions when you'll want to wear a tie. Perhaps this is part of the reason so many men have held on to their ties, even if they don't wear them every day.

Neckties are like wallpaper — whether prints or solids, skinny, thick or somewhere in between — sooner or later they're going to be reincarnated and back in style. Careful storage of your collection now will ensure that you're ready for the comeback.

There are two schools of thought on the appropriate way to store ties. The best method depends on how many ties you need to store and the type of space you have available. Ties can be either hung on some type of rack in the closet or rolled loosely and stored in a drawer. If using the drawer method, dividers that separate the drawer into multiple small square spaces should be used to keep the ties neat and organized. Whether you go for the hanging racks or drawer dividers for your necktie storage, when you remove your tie at the end of the day, the knot should be completely untied before putting it away so as to prevent wrinkling.

How to Hang Ties in a Closet

Hanging tie organizers are the main type of tie rack used in closets. There are many types of tie racks for closets to choose from. Special hooks and racks designed specifically for ties can be purchased. They generally hold anywhere from 8 to 44 neckties each depending on the variety selected. However, tie organizers for larger collections can be made from racks or rods repurposed from other areas of the closet.

how to store ties in a closet using a pull-out pant rack
This tie rack is actually a pull-out pant rack. A dozen ties can be draped over each of the eight prongs, organizing over 80 ties in an 18-inch wide space. The rack pulls out from the depths of the closet, allowing the owner to bring his collection forward for ease in selecting the perfect necktie. Design from the portfolio of Tim Higbee >
how to hang ties in a closet using clothes rods
This tie rack is constructed from ten oval hanging rods normally used for hangers. The rods are staggered at different heights and depths in a relatively small section of closet. This set up allows approximately 120 ties to be stored in a 36-inch wide space behind the closet door. Design from the portfolio of Lynn Casanova >

how to store ties in a closet using pull-out tie rack

How to a use tie rack to store ties without wrinkling in your closet:

Tie racks can organize a collection of ties inside the closet and also prevent wrinkling. Telescoping slide out tie racks mount to a vertical panel inside a closet. They are designed for use in conjunction with custom closet systems and mount to the side panels. The tie rack installs on the panel wall at a height convenient for the owner and will nestle next to the hanging pants, shirts, etc. when not extended. They usually require about 3-inches of space from your closet. Standard sizes include 14-inch and 12-inch lengths. The 14-inch will hold around 18 ties. The 12-inch will hold about 15 ties. Look for units with full extension slides when you purchase one of these so that the ties can be pulled completely free of the other items hanging in the closet. This will ensure ease in selection of the ties.
how to store ties in a closet using a tie butlerhow to hang ties
Under shelf tie racks like the Tie Butler are designed to be mounted under a closet shelf. It slides in and out like a drawer without messing up any of the 44 ties hung from it. Constructed of solid wood, the Closet Works Tie Butler easily installs underneath any shelf in a 7-inch opening except wire shelves, which don't have any place to mount the slide mechanism. The Tie Butler features full-extension ball-bearing slides for smooth operation and weighs only 3.5 pounds. This type of tie rack is good for a medium sized collection of neckties.

tie rack for tie organization
Wall mounted tie racks like the one shown here should be screwed into a cleat (thin piece of wood/MDF/laminate) that is mounted to the wall and secured to the studs. They should not be mounted directly to dry wall. Molly bolts or other types of fasteners simply won't do a good job for this application, and the tie racks aren't designed to be used with them. The cleat will distribute and support the most weight, especially when using multiple tie racks or other hooks. It is an attractive and long-lasting solution if you only have a few ties to store.

How to Store Ties in a Drawer

If you don't have closet space to devote to tie racks, drawer dividers can also be used for organizing ties in a dresser drawer. The number of ties you can fit will depend on the size and number of the drawers. Drawer dividers are usually adjustable. Standard sizes include widths for 18-inch, 24-inch and 30-inch wide drawers, and lengths for 14-inch or 20-inch deep drawers. You want the height of the divider to be slightly greater than the width of the tie it is intended to store. Store ties by rolling them LOOSELY and insert into drawer compartment. Try to limit the number of ties to one per compartment. Putting several ties together in a larger compartment defeats the whole purpose of keeping your ties organized. Any number of drawers can be dedicated to ties storage. The drawers in closet islands are a common place to include a tie drawer. Some people like to have an entire island or dresser devoted exclusively to their neckties. If budget allows, custom drawer units/dressers can be constructed in the bedroom or dressing room closet for handling all the neckties. The nice thing about this solution is that it can accommodate just a few ties in one drawer, or hundreds in many drawers.

ties stored in a drawer
Ties rolled loosely and stored in a drawer using the Closet Works acrylic lingerie divider as a tie organizer.
how to organize ties using a drawer
Ties rolled loosely and stored in a shallow drawer without the acrylic divider can also work, as long as you are very neat about putting things away.

How to Store Bow Ties:

This article deals mainly with traditional ties but the same principles apply to storing bow ties as well. Unless you have the pre-tied kind with a clip, bow ties should be stored untied, and either hung on a rack or loosely rolled in a drawer so as to prevent wrinkling — one tie per compartment.

Neckties are a classic look that is certain to come back into fashion for more than just the occasional wearing. Your ties are a visual cue that can quickly communicate your personality and intent to your audience without words. They can be serious, conservative, somber, avant-garde, fun, flamboyant, dapper, respectful, or any number of other adjectives. Good quality neckties can be made from synthetic materials but are more often made of silk. Care and diligence should be taken when storing the delicate silk material in order to ensure that your ties last many years, allowing you to build your collection over time. Adhering to these storage techniques should provide many years of enjoyment for your tie collection.