Nicole Stenberg Balch

15 Stylish Garment and Coat Racks

Garment racks. Coat racks. Oh, the multitude of racks I have looked at! Here’s what happened.

The bedroom closet had an Intermetro rolling garment rack setup for double hanging when we moved in. It was nice and sturdy with a shelf right in the middle, but when I took it out so that I’d have the height to hang dresses, the whole thing got a little wobbly. I put its shelf back and relocated it to the laundry room once I found one of those ubiquitous reclaimed wood garment racks at Yearbook a while back. It was a little wobbly too, but it was better than the other rack and it had the bonus of looking good.

Well, I guess the carpeting in the closet must have kept it stable, because the day after I wheeled the thing back in, the whole thing fell over with the weight of all my dresses on it. The floor and trim escaped damage, but the Elfa system on the opposite wall was pretty badly dented, the wall was gouged, and the rack was bent out of shape. I righted the garment rack and am using it for now, but it’s precarious and I’m on the lookout for a replacement. Hence the multitude of garment racks I’ve been looking at.

  1. Allison Coat Rack, Pottery Barn
    I can’t decide if the hooks are good or not. Helpful for scarves, I suppose? Otherwise, superfluous.

  2. Ceiling Clothing Rack, Urban Outfitters
    Copper and clean geometry, and takes up no floor space. If I were more confident about the plaster ceilings and stud spacing, this would be pretty appealing.

  3. Vintage Tailor’s Clothing Rack, Restoration Hardware
    Vintage design, modern sturdiness. Has an additional bar to make this into a double-hanging rack.

  4. Mulig Clothes Rack, IKEA
    $10! Comes in black or white. On the flimsy side though. For a (presumably) sturdier but still minimalist option, there’s Pottery Barn’s Blacksmith Clothes Rack.

  5. Garment Rack, West Elm
    Asymmetrical base, plus a cute color. Comes in black too, but that blue is so much happier.

  6. Calvin Clothing Rack, Urban Outfitters
    OK, when I started pulling these together, it was available in gold (for an extra $100). Now it’s just black and white. Cute design though, yes?

  7. 4040 Locust Industrial Storage Rack, Urban Outfitters
    Pipes and wood, plus copper. Trendy hipster loft style.

  8. Mercantile Coat Rack, Restoration Hardware
    Small footprint, but still plenty of hanging space. Sturdy, too! I went and checked it out in person. Definitely my favorite design of the bunch — also among the most expensive.

  9. 19th Century Couturier’s Rack, Restoration Hardware
    Doesn’t hold all that much and it’s pricey. Awesome if you don’t need much hanging space though and are looking for something beautiful.

  10. Emily and Meritt Wardrobe Rack, Pottery Barn Teen
    Pipe meets faux-Victorian details.

  11. Toj Clothes Rack, Normann Copenhagen
    A little too Danish mod for my house, but the design is fantastic.

  12. Monroe Trades Coat Rack, West Elm
    More pipe. Lots of coat racks made out of pipe. Interesting take on the base here though.

  13. Bellman Cart, Forbes Industries (Hotel Supply)
    The pretty brass birdcage ones are thousands of dollars. (“But Nicole,” you say. “Think of the Instagram opportunities.” To which I whisper “I knoooowww…”) There really isn’t enough room anyway though and they don’t hold much, so moving on.

  14. Butler Stand, CB2
    Small footprint, similar to the design of #11 but a smidge more industrial. Doesn’t hold enough for my needs though and the hanging space is too short.

  15. Niles Coat Rack, Ballard Designs
    Plenty of hanging space and a handy shelf beneath. Nice detail along the sides too, but I think it’s about a foot too long for my needs.

I find it helpful to go through these roundups when narrowing down my choices, but I’m not sure yet which one I’ll go for. Number 8 is my favorite for sure, but it’s hard to justify when most of the others cost so much less. Which one would be your pick?

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