Comparing wall and standing coat racks

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.

  • Bulky
  • 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. 

Wall coat rack styles

Written By: Tammy Cramblett

All wall coat racks are not the same. There are many styles, colors and sizes to choose from. Styles can range from ornate to wonderfully simplistic. The important thing to know about styles of racks is that one is not limited to what is available online or can be found locally in person. 

Composition materials

A good rack can be made from just about any sturdy material. For non DIYers (do it yourselfers), doing some research online or locally, people can find businesses or individuals that will create a rack according to personal design. This allows people to choose the materials they want their rack made from. 

When considering the kind of material(s) wanted, a person should try thinking outside of the proverbial box. There are countless possibilities some of which include:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Heavy gauge wire
  • Repurposing items like tin and aluminum signs
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Pipes (ie, old copper kitchen sink pipes)

This is, by far, only an example of the materials that can be used in making a nice and functional wall coat rack. It is good to note that cardboard, even heavy cardboard, is not advisable for making a coat rack. It will not stand up very well to heavy, damp winter coats. 

Pegs and hooks

Hooks can be very pretty made from shiny brass or polished wood. Curvy or simple, a hook doesn’t have to be just a hook. Painted or natural, the hook can be a visual focal point right up until a coat is hung from it. 

Some people opt for pegs instead of hooks. Pegs can be round, squared or oddly shaped. Choosing pegs can offer a few more personalization choices. For example, small tree branches can be used to create a natural looking coat rack. Pegs can be the same size, shape and color or all different. 


The best part about choosing or creating a wall coat rack is the design. Options range from the natural to the whimsical. The only limitation on a wall coat rack design is a person’s imagination.

Some people prefer classic decor and may go with a minimalist approach to things like lamps, paintings and even wall coat racks. These folks wouldn’t want the coat rack to be so “loud” that it is the focal point of the room it is in. Simple and subtle, yet pleasing enough to hang coats there, is the general idea. 

Other people like the look of old things and may enjoy repurposing something like a tin advertisement sign into a coat rack. For these people, there is something special about breathing new life into an old item. What better use for old items than a wall coat rack? 

Wall coat racks are much more interesting than most people think. Just like with any other piece of home decor, coat racks can have distinctive features while serving the purpose of holding coats. In certain circles, designing a stylish coat rack could be akin to designing a piece of functional art. 

What are the different styles of wall coat racks? The sky’s the limit. Everyone has their own sense of style and taste. 

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