Written By: Tammy Cramblett
It is not always easy to decide between types of coat racks. Not only are there colors, materials and designs to choose from but also styles. The main styles are wall mounted and standing racks. Both types of racks have pros and cons that should be carefully considered before making a decision.
A person might think that any old rack will do as long as it will hold coats. While this thought may be true, there are important things to take into account. Things like placement and aesthetic appeal are two examples of good considerations. In order to make a sound choice, it is helpful to know more about each type of rack.
Wall coat racks
There are a few things to like about a wall rack.
- Space saver
- Cannot be tipped over
- Endless design possibilities
One of the best things about a wall coat rack is that it saves floor space. A wall mounted coat rack allows the floor space to remain open for walking, shoe placement or whatever a person needs it for. The nice thing is people can put up more than one wall rack without cramping space.
It would be a rather difficult feat to accomplish tipping over a wall mounted coat rack. The very idea is, of course, silly. However, one less thing on the floor means one less thing to accidentally knock over or trip on. This is especially important in smaller spaces.
A fun fact about wall coat racks is the design possibilities are endless. A wall rack can be made from almost anything. From mirrors to drift wood, a coat rack is only one creative thought away.
Although there are nice things about a wall coat rack, there are downsides as well.
- Wet coats can drip down walls
- Must be properly installed to avoid damage to walls.
- Hassle to move
Wet coats hanging on a wall rack can drip down the wall. Over time that dripping can cause water damage if precautions have not been taken. The thing about water damage from a dripping coat is that it can sneak up on people as it may not be noticeable until it’s almost too late.
While installing a wall rack may not be too difficult, people have to be careful not to damage their walls. Certain walls require special hardware in order for objects to be hung securely. If the correct hardware is not used, the rack could come down under the weight of heavy coats, causing holes and/or cracks in the wall.
Wall racks can be quite convenient until one has to be taken down or relocated. There is the hassle of unmounting the rack itself. Then there is the possibility of having to fill in the holes left by the mounting hardware.
Standing coat racks
While a wall rack can be handy, standing racks offer up some pretty nice attributes too.
- Easy to move
- Can add to the decor
- No installation required
These factors can make a standing coat rack very appealing to consumers. The rack can be moved anywhere easily because it does not have to be taken apart or unmounted. A standing rack can be moved from room to room without a second thought.
With simple to ornate designs options, a standing rack can add a bit of subtle charm to a room. Even when full of coats, the base or legs might still be visible. Without coats on the rack, it can be a cozy “art” piece, depending on the design. A standing rack can also help fill in gaps in an extra large foyer or utility room. This can help larger rooms look more comfortable.
The best part of all is that a standing rack requires little to no assembly and no installation. What this means is it is ready to go with little hassle. No worries about holes or cracks in the walls with a standing coat rack.
As with most anything, there are the cons to standing coat racks.
- Can be knocked over
- Limited placement
Standing coat racks, especially when full of coats, can be rather bulky. People may have to walk around the rack and that can be a minor inconvenience. This can also be a problem if the rack is placed by the door and a group of people are all trying to hang up their coats without stepping on each other.
Another bad scenario is that a standing rack can be tipped over. Whether by a playful pet like a dog or people bumping into it by accident, this can pose a problem. It is unlikely that a standing rack will cause any damage if tipped over. However, it is possible that the rack itself might chip or crack after being tipped too many times.
Due to the fact that a standing rack takes up floor space, placement can be limited. One wants to try and keep the rack handy yet out of the walkway. The last thing anyone wants to do is trip or bump into a coat rack when trying to walk past it. A standing rack may not be ideal for smaller spaces.
A coat rack is not just a coat rack. Certain situations call for a wall mounted rack and others call for a standing rack. Wall racks are excellent for saving floor space while standing racks are great for filling in large spaces. It is best to survey the intended placement before deciding which type of rack will be the best.