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Types of Coat Racks

Aug 3, 2008
When buying a coat rack, think outside of the box! Coat racks are not the kind you may remember from your elementary school days. You know the kind I mean--an ugly array of hooks that gave the room a dormitory appearance.

Coat racks have evolved and are now considered to be a beautiful and very useful piece of furniture for a home or office. Yes, that's right--coat racks are to be considered a piece of furniture. And like any other furniture purchase, you need to make several decisions.

The first consideration is the amount of space you have to use. A coat rack should be positioned as near the entranceway as possible, without being in the way of the flow of traffic. Would you like the coat rack to be attached to a wall near the door? Measure the wall first. Perhaps you want a more compact coat rack. Some are freestanding with a good number of hooks to accommodate your guests.

Coat racks aren't only for hanging up coats or jackets. You may need an umbrella stand, which is very convenient to have. This saves the mess a dripping umbrella can cause as it's carried through the house. Maybe you want a shelf for mittens or bookbags. Think about what you need when you walk through the front door. A place to stash a package or a shelf to put your purse might come in handy.

If your entranceway is large enough, a coat rack with a bench would be ideal. How wonderful it will be to keep your shoes or boots there, and then sit on the bench to tie them or put them on. For younger children this is especially terrific; you won't have to worry about muddy shoes or snow covered boots traveling through the house. Your little ones can sit on the bench to remove their boots and then store them in the appropriate area.

You can also choose whether your coat rack will blend into your entranceway or make a statement. Coat racks come in a variety of materials, from metal to plastic to wood. They can be stained to match your woodwork or painted to accent the colors in your room. They can say "fun" in bright colors, or they can say "elegant" with brass accents.

Perhaps the best thing about a coat rack is its ability to organize several types of items. Shelves or cubicles are the perfect places to put mittens or scarves. In fact, during the winter months, when their items are being used, the coat rack keeps them safe and handy. You won't have to search the entire house of a mitten that was lost.

But in the summer, the coat rack can also be a place of storage for seasonal items of clothing. Once again, the amount of space you can devote to a coat rack and your particular needs as a household will determine what type of storage area will be best.

Coat racks can be a useful addition to every home. The many varieties and individual places of storage can be chosen based on your household's particular needs. You won't have to throw coats on the bed when guests come over and your children and their friends will have a central location for their shoes and jackets.
About the Author
Megan Cherry writes for http://www.pegandrail.com If you are looking for a high quality well made coat rack step in and check us out, we manufacture a complete line of wall mounted coat racks from a shaker peg style coat rack to a modern wall coat rack with brass hooks or satin nickel for the brushed stainless steel look we even have a very modern looking hand rub white lacquer coat racks.
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