Coat Racks Keep Their Cool



coat racks

There is a certain hierarchy when it comes to home décor accessories, and for some unknown reason the coat rack doesn’t always receive its just desserts.

Maybe it’s because they’re not exactly necessary, but then again neither is art. In fact, they’re arguably more functional than art, even if that function is just as easily served by a closet, the back of a chair, a bed or – if you’ve got money to burn – a full-blown cloakroom. (Can you think of a more perfect room to be on the Clue board that somehow didn’t make the cut? Now, that is the real crime, Col. Mustard.)

But, since most of us aren’t blessed with cloakrooms, and because coats thrown hither and thither can make such a mess, maybe it’s high time we reconsider the rack. After all, coat racks are …

1. … slim (or even wall-mounted).

Coat racks are not really space hogs, even when they’re loaded with coats. And, for all the space they do take up, they earn their keep by keeping things orderly.

2. … stately and stylish.

You have to admit that coat racks carry a certain amount of … panache. It will depend on the coat rack, of course, but it’s easy to find one that can class up any entryway.

3. … nostalgic.

There’s something about a coat rack that evokes memories of times past, perhaps because of their way of becoming familiar fixtures in the homes that have them. Coat racks have the ability to inspire tradition without looking traditional.

4. … functional.

As noted previously, décor that serves a purpose is hard not to love. Granted, you may think a coat rack may not get a lot of use in warmer climes, but there are also scarves, hats, umbrellas and all sorts of stuff that might be stored more conveniently by the door.

5. … affordable.  

They aren’t as affordable as the closet you most assuredly already have, but in the big scheme of things coat racks are a manageable expense that can pay you back by helping you to never forget where you put your jacket.

ATGStores.com is a big fan of coat racks, even if they’ll never be the sexiest piece of décor in the room.

This contemporary coat rack from Monarch Specialties features chic, swooping lines in a silver or cappuccino finish.

Hall trees like this one from Home Styles are becoming more popular in entryways and mud rooms, and features coat hooks and a storage bench big enough for blankets and other bulky items.

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