Coat Racks | Hat Stands
Coat Racks | Hat Stands
Coat racks, also known as hat stands, are upright structures designed to hold items like coats, hats, scarves, and bags. Typically placed near entryways, they offer a convenient storage solution while keeping spaces organized. There are several types: free-standing racks, which are tall and can stand on their own; wall-mounted versions, which save floor space and are fixed to a wall; and over-the-door styles, which hang over door tops. Materials range from wood and metal to plastic. Designs can be simple with just hooks, or elaborate with shelves and mirrors, catering to different aesthetic tastes and functional needs.
Coat racks and hat stands have their roots in medieval Europe, where they began as simple wooden or metal hooks for hanging garments. As fashion evolved, especially during the Victorian era, these stands became more elaborate, reflecting the style and status of a household. By the 19th and 20th centuries, they became common household items, with designs ranging from ornate to minimalist. Over time, the need for organized spaces and the influence of different cultures melded together, shaping the varied designs we see today.
The future of coat racks and hat stands focuses on space-saving and stylish designs. Modular and wall-mounted options, like the "Umbra Flip" rack, cater to compact living. Sustainable materials, such as bamboo or recycled metal, reflect eco-conscious trends. Smart coat racks, with built-in sensors or charging ports, enhance functionality. Minimalistic, Scandinavian-inspired designs remain popular. In evolving spaces, these racks will serve as both practical storage solutions and aesthetic pieces, keeping entrances tidy and complementing interior decor.
A coat rack should be low enough to reach but high enough so no coat touches the ground. ADA standards indicate that 4 feet (122cm) is the maximum height for a coat rack’s position, but this requirement only pertains to public buildings. Many people consider around 5 feet (152cm) to be the best height to hang a coat rack.
The most ideal way to hang a coat rock is to mountain it directly to the studs, no matter the kind of wall. It is important to find wall framing to support the coat rack but studs can be harder to locate inside the walls of older homes. One can either use a stud finder or drill tiny holes to locate the studs knowing that these marks will be covered up by the rack itself. If unable to attach directly to the studs, anchors can adhere through and past the plaster for extra security. However, the strength of connection depends on what kind of anchor as plastic anchors are not well suited for plaster walls.
To make a standing coat rack, one will need a wood post around six feet (1.83m) and either wood feet, legs, and angle supports attached together at the base or two feet connected at a half-lap joint at the base of the post. After securing all wood pieces together with screws and wood glue, sand and finish the rack. Attach hooks to the upper part of the post.