Hanging coats

If you don’t have a closet near the front door to your home, a free-standing coat rack might be a good way to keep jackets, scarves, backpacks, and umbrellas from ending up on the back of every couch and chair in the adjacent room. Here are a few different options.

The Frenchi Furniture Black Metal Coat Rack has 12 hooks at two different heights. This would be great for hanging purses or for younger people who can’t reach the top hooks. Although umbrellas could hang on the lower hooks, if wet, they would drip all over the floor.


Monarch Specialties’ Contemporary Coat Rack in silver finish has a sleek look for modern designs. There are no lower hooks on this rack so it might not be a great option for a home with young children.


The LCH Standing Coat Rack made from solid rubber wood has a more natural look. Hooks at multiple heights would be an easy reach for kids and ideal for hanging purses and umbrellas.


Busy families may decide to use a garment rack instead of a coat rack. The HOMFA Fashion heavy-duty garment rack has space for coats, scarves, umbrellas, and the shelves provide a convenient place to store backpacks and shoes.

Check out ten more inspirational coat rack designs over at Remodelista.


This post was originally published May 2009.

9 Comments for “Hanging coats”

  1. posted by Fazal Majid on

    I had purchased the 10-degree one, but after 2 hours of fruitlessly trying to assemble it, gave up and returned it to the store. The design is unforgiving of sloppy manufacturing tolerances.

  2. posted by knitwych on

    Coat racks can be great *if* you can resist the urge to junk them up and use them as permanent storage. Alas, I’m not one of those folks, so my coat rack in my old condo was burdened with heavy winter stuff all year round.

  3. posted by infmom on

    We found out that the biggest problem with having a coat rack near the door is that if the wind is blowing through the door, over goes the coat rack every single time. Ah, the lessons living in an old house in Kansas with no coat closet teaches you. 🙂

    We solved the problem by putting a row of coat hooks down the wall in the central hallway. There was already a nice slab of solid molding there, so it worked really well. Probably not a solution for a newer house with drywall, although you could take a nice slab of 1 x 6, paint it, mount it to the studs and attach your coat hooks to that.

  4. posted by Susan on

    Children cannot reach the top of these coat racks so Mom or Dad still has to hang up and get down their coats. Also since folks usually stand the coat rack in a corner, the coats are usually piled on one side and the coat rack falls over. Invest in an armoire or put up the hooks as @infmom suggests

  5. posted by Liz on

    Instead of a free-standing coat rack, try http://www.hingeit.com for hooks that attach to the door hinges. When the door is open, the coats and jackets are hidden. They also have towel racks for bathrooms that work the same way. I love them! Unobtrusive and handy.

  6. posted by Jeri Dansky on

    I’m a huge advocate for hooks, but sometimes a freestanding coat rack is just the right answer. It all depends on the space, and the individual needs. I’ve certainly recommended them to some clients. For more fun options, see http://tinyurl.com/o9cnq6 and http://tinyurl.com/pymv7e,

    (Fazal, thanks for the warning on the 10-degree one.)

  7. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    Summer jackets?

    I’m still trying to figure out what a spring coat is for.

    -Columbia, SC

  8. posted by Wendy on

    I LOVE wall mounted hooks. I bought a decorative board with six double hooks already mounted and hung it behind our apartment door. Even though there was a coat closet right next to the door neither myself or my husband would take the time to hang our coat on a hanger in the closet. I stopped losing my purse and the coats no longer hung out on the couch. We moved the hooks to our new house where they hang by the door we use most. We have even trained our family to hang their coats and hats there when they come to visit.

  9. posted by SkiptheBS on

    Free standing coat racks will fall over with an unbalanced load of garments. Hooks adjacent to the door mean that fabric gets stuck in the door about half the time, making it difficult to impossible to close the door.

    Over the door hooks will hold a coat or two if they aren’t bulky. Best solution for kids is to have hooks near back doors, bathroom, and/or laundry fixtures at their height.
    I keep two over the door hooks: one on the back of the bathroom door for wet coat, one on the bedroom closet door for dry.

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