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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 this roundup.

15 Stylish Garment and Coat Racks

  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?

Status: Closet, Hallway, and Electrical Work

The sheet mirror above the sink in the closet is gone. I was so nervous for it to come down!

I watched a few ‘how to’ videos before getting started. Everyone recommended taping the mirror so that if it broke, the shards wouldn’t fall everywhere, which turned out to be a very good idea. The mirror broke. The molding along the edges came off easily enough, but the wall-to-wall mirror was really wedged in there at the bottom with no wiggle room. It cracked in one big diagonal line, but safely, I guess? No injuries to report.

Closet Mirror Removed

The wall behind had some glue to scrape off, some old patching that came right off, and the corner was pretty much missing. It’s easy enough to patch a hole in the wall — I’ve done it a million times. Corners? How much worse can they be? I mean, sure, I’ve heard that they’re tricky, but again, a few ‘how to’ videos and I was all set to try. Yeah, they’re tricky. I’m sure it will turn out fine, but here’s where I’m at right now.

Plaster Wall Repair in Progress

There’s a lot of sanding in my future, and at least one more coat of mud. Which means that our bedroom will continue to function as our closet, since I can’t put anything back in there until the repairs are finished unless I would like a fine coating of white dust all over our clothes.

Meanwhile, the floor in the hallway currently looks like this.

Hallway Missing Subfloor Sections

Fiiinnnaaallly getting the soft spot in the floor out there fixed. Remember the 75-year-old beadboard subfloor patch job in the closet? Also present in the hall. Plus a nice section with absolutely no subfloor and a missing floor joist. Nice!

Annnnd the electricians haven’t started yet. (They’re finishing up a big job that has taken longer than they were expecting.) My sconces in the library are up though, and I put up a new pair of matching pendants! I was antsy and couldn’t wait, so I just did it myself. Sharing photos in a post next week, hurrah! (Unless you caught them on Snapchat already. Are you following ‘makingitlovely’ over there? It’s kind of fun, but I’m still getting the hang of it. I went to a couple of events yesterday that would have made for good snaps, but silly me, I was all “in the moment” and forgetting to do the whole social media thing. Pics or it didn’t happen.)

Repairing and Replacing the Closet Floor

Our bedroom floor had some give to it, right by the door to the closet. The floor in the closet was soft too and it had been carpeted, presumably because it was a cheap and easy fix. We’re about to address a similar problem in the hallway, and we figured we ought to fix these spots at the same time.

We got the carpet out of there, and as suspected, the floor underneath was in bad shape. You can tell that someone had tried to do some temporary repairs (basically “add all the nails you can find!”). The wood floor is the same stuff that was in the hallway, probably added in the forties. Super thin, old, and brittle. Underneath? A subfloor that had been patched. With beadboard. And under the beadboard (yikes), the floor joists had been notched out to run plumbing for the very heavy cast iron radiator. No wonder the floor hadn’t held up there!

Closet Subfloor

We saved the best pieces of flooring from the closet so that we could fix the portion in the bedroom at the same time. The floor in there runs through to the next room without a threshold, and to replace all of that right now isn’t something that we’re interested in doing. It isn’t in perfect shape, but the worst of it was that spot by the closet, and if we could patch it, that seemed like the best option.

Closet and Bedroom Subfloor

I’m happy to lay new flooring (we’ve done it before), but fixing something that had already been fixed improperly? I was afraid I’d end up doing the same thing, which would lead to problems either immediately or down the line. Either way: not good. So after the wood planks were pried up, we had a pro remove the damaged sections of subfloor. The patched portion came up pretty easily with a crowbar and the back of a hammer, and he cut away a few other areas as well. Some of the floor joists were sistered and sturdy plywood was cut to fit.

Radiator Plumbing Through Floor Joists

Tools to Fix the Closet Subfloor

Once the bedroom patch was done and the subfloor in the closet had been fixed, we had a sturdy surface that was ready for the new hardwood flooring.

New Subfloor in the Bedroom and Closet

Patched Wood Flooring, New Subfloor

A strong subfloor instead of a flimsy 75-year-old beadboard patch! How novel.

We shopped at Floor & Decor for wood to replace the old stuff in the remodeled portion of our hallway last year and had a great experience with them, so I was happy that they were looking to partner again.

Wood Flooring at Floor & Decor

They have big samples on display (this is just one small section of their wood flooring) and I really like their gray-based finishes, but I chose the same style as before: prefinished Gunstock solid oak hardwood flooring in 2-1/4″ wide planks, 3/4″ thick. It’s similar in color and width to what we have throughout the rest of the house, and since it’s solid oak, we could sand and refinish it if we ever wanted to. I also picked up the same underlayment again. It muffles noise, serves as a vapor barrier, and provides a little cushion.

Buying Wood Flooring at Floor & Decor

Installation was pretty straightforward and took us three days (around four or five hours per day). Floor & Decor holds free classes on Saturdays teaching people about wood and laminate floors, how to install backsplashes, and all about working with tile and stone. They also have videos on their site with information on installation and choosing the right products. When you head out there, they have tons of options in stock and at really good prices, so you can choose your materials and bring everything you need home with you that day. Hooray for instant gratification! Just remember that if you’re putting in hardwood flooring like us, you need to give yourself a few days’ lead time to let the product sit and acclimate to your house.

Laying New Wood Flooring and Premium Underlayment

Laying New Hardwood Floors from Floor & Decor

The new flooring (on the right) makes the old floor (left) look pretty bad. You don’t realize how crummy something is until you get the nice, new stuff right up next to it! I mean, it’s a fine problem to have (boohoo, our new floor is too nice).

Old Floor, New Floor

The closet floor needed to be replaced for practical reasons, but I’ve gotta say, it’s way more satisfying that some of the other work we’ve been doing to the house lately. Actual visual changes! Not just a vague “it’s safer” feeling, but something we can actually see! Woohoo.

Hardwood Flooring in the Closet

Hardwood Flooring from Floor & Decor (Gunstock Oak)

The new floor makes me want to freshen up the rest of the closet now, too. It was a cool space before with it’s curved wall and window, and the little sink nook, but now it has the potential to be something pretty special.

Master Bedroom Closet with New Hardwood Flooring

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