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.
Allison Coat Rack, Pottery Barn
I can’t decide if the hooks are good or not. Helpful for scarves, I suppose? Otherwise, superfluous.
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.
Vintage Tailor’s Clothing Rack, Restoration Hardware
Vintage design, modern sturdiness. Has an additional bar to make this into a double-hanging rack.
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.
Garment Rack, West Elm
Asymmetrical base, plus a cute color. Comes in black too, but that blue is so much happier.
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?
4040 Locust Industrial Storage Rack, Urban Outfitters
Pipes and wood, plus copper. Trendy hipster loft style.
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.
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.
Emily and Meritt Wardrobe Rack, Pottery Barn Teen
Pipe meets faux-Victorian details.
Toj Clothes Rack, Normann Copenhagen
A little too Danish mod for my house, but the design is fantastic.
Monroe Trades Coat Rack, West Elm
More pipe. Lots of coat racks made out of pipe. Interesting take on the base here though.
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.
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.
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?
KathrynDecember 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm
Why not just build a cast iron pipe one, perhaps with a wood shelf on the bottom? You can add casters and they look similar to a couple of the ones you’ve picked out.
Making it LovelyDecember 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm
That’s what I have now that tipped over, so I’m wary of that style. I wouldn’t go for #4, 7, 10, or 12. Maybe someone else would though (?) so I included them in the roundup.
KristinaDecember 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm
I went through about a billion clothing racks in a house i lived in in college that had unusable closets. I think it doesn’t matter how nice or crappy they are, none of them can actually hold that much weight. So maybe try getting more racks and hanging fewer items per rack.
Megan C.December 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm
I would go with the Emily & Merritt PB Teen one. The price of the RH one is not good enough to justify it, especially since the E&M one looks like it holds just as much for more than half the price (plus a shelf for shoes)!
LucasDecember 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm
The Floyd Coat Rack made in Detroit is a great one too! I have it in my Chicago flat (no coat closet to speak of)…
Making it LovelyDecember 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm
Ooh, that is excellent. Doesn’t look like it would work all that well for long dresses though.
amyDecember 14, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Is mobility an issue – or would the rack always be located in the same spot? Would you consider building a custom rack or bar along that wall – or some kind of more permanent storage system throughout the closet?
Making it LovelyDecember 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm
The rack doesn’t really have to move around. I suppose I could do something custom, accounting for the wall’s curve, but I like the visual break that a nicely designed rack provides.
JessDecember 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm
$800 for a coat rack? That seems certifiably insane. Way better ways to spend your money.
Making it LovelyDecember 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm
I know! I wish it weren’t so expensive because I love the design, but I can’t do it.
MichelleDecember 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm
I am curious as to what the appeal of a rack is over a built in closet system? Though these are so pretty it is a big investment.
Making it LovelyDecember 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm
I mentioned it in the post and an earlier comment, but I like a rack because it works well with the curved section of the closet. I also like the look.
noleDecember 14, 2015 at 11:03 pm
DIY! We just DIY’d a copper pipe garment rack in our bedroom for my husband’s office wardrobe, and it was really easy and super affordable – I think around $60 for all the copper pipe and then another $15 or $20 for the pipe cutter that we used to cut everything down to size. The thing is, we ended up having to anchor the garment rack to the walls since our floors aren’t level and the weight of his suits made it tip over. We used eyelet hooks and copper hobby wire to anchor and it isn’t visible at all around all the clothes. I guess you lose the mobility aspect that way, but we weren’t planning to move it around anyway. So even if you end up buying something instead of DIYing, I’d highly recommend anchoring it to the wall to avoid the same problem with the new one!
erin @ thhDecember 15, 2015 at 6:16 am
A copper pipe rack sounds so pretty!
Kim QDecember 16, 2015 at 7:45 am
I totally just bought #15. We don’t have a coat closet in our house, and right now we have one of the standard 4 pronged coat stands at the door. We hate it! The Niles Coat Rack fits perfectly into the spot we have available, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be perfect (for us). Thanks!
The Closet is Finished! – Making it LovelyFebruary 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm
[…] of my dresses and long skirts. It was a local find from Yearbook a while back. It tipped over and I had considered replacing it, but I was able to fix it (hooray!). I went with a garment rack because I can pull it forward […]