Written By: Corette Homan
There are virtually a hundred different varieties of coat racks out there that can be chosen, from the traditional coat tree or the horizontal coat rack to many do-it-yourself designs. However, not all coat racks are suited for individual needs.
The vertical coat rack–A vertical coat rack is a good option if space is limited. One such stand is the traditional coat tree that lurks in the corner of one shop or another, as well as in the homes of friends and family. This vertical coat rack generally has three to four upper hangers for hats or coats and lower hooks usually meant to hold backpacks or purses. These frames have been around for centuries, decorating parlors and barber shops alike.
Wall-mounted units are compact space savers for limited storage, and many others have extra pegs or slots where additional mounting hooks can be added. There are several varieties of the coat tree, including a do-it-yourself version that resembles a tree trunk with little dowels stuck into it at random intervals.
However, there is one characteristic of this vertical coat tree that would make it undesirable — with limited space comes the need to stack coats or hats if the rack does not contain enough hooks. This may result in a wearer to have to sift through someone else’s coats and miscellaneous items to find their own, creating an awkwardness that could be avoided otherwise with a more versatile coat rack.
The horizontal coat rack–Another common variety of coat rack is the horizontal coat rack, which is basically a board of any type with mounting hooks attached to it. This variety is often seen in school hallways or mud rooms. Although it is not as aesthetically pleasing as the coat tree, but it is very functional and expandable.
These mounting hooks are designed so that coats or hats can be draped over the top hook, and purses or backpacks can be hung under it on the second hook, providing a sort of hiding place under the coat. It is a similar design to the hooks on the coat tree. The hooks are lined up evenly across a board every few inches and can allow additional hangers to be added or subtracted, depending on individual or business needs.
If a more upmarket look is desired, then different edging, molding, paint or fancier mounting brackets can give it a more decorative appeal.
A good do-it-yourself project is a horizontal coat rack mounted on a bench with a tall back, painted and distressed to give it a very rustic appearance and then placed next to a front door, ready for a coat or two. A horizontal coat rack with hooks lining a coat closet at varying heights for adults and kids can be a great space saver project.
A horizontal coat rack can be more effective than a vertical one as the design allows for the option of coats that do not overlap. It is more convenient because it eliminates the need to rifle through several coats and bags to find the correct one.
Since a coat rack is a necessary and useful tool, it should be convenient for everyone to use. A person’s or business’ individual needs and tastes determine which coat rack is preferable. To avoid awkward situations or to save a little extra space, a carefully selected coat rack can find a suitable place anywhere.