So you have finally brought that pricey 'Balenciaga' leather jacket, that you have been eyeing for quite a while. But now you are worried about finding space for it in your overfull closet. It is a good idea to clear up the clutter in your wardrobe, so that you can fit in all your winter essentials. Every house has space constraints and every family has different storage needs. So try to find the best coat storage solution for your home. You can design your coat closet according to your style, taste and needs. Here are a few coat storage ideas.
Freestanding Coat Storage Ideas
Not every house or apartment has a coat closet. If your hallway is small and there is little space to fit in a coat closet, you can have a free standing coat storage like a coat rack, a hall tree or even install coat hooks.
Hall trees provide a complete storage solution for large families. A hall tree is a freestanding structure consisting of a bench seat attached to a backboard. Hooks are fastened onto the backboard and coats and jackets can be suspended from them. While putting on shoes or boots, the bench provides a place to sit. Often, additional storage is provided underneath the bench seats, which can be used for storing boots and shoes.
A wall mounted drawer unit is also found in some hall trees, which is convenient for storing scarves and gloves.
Another compact coat storage option is to invest in a coat rack. A coat rack takes up less floor space and it can fit in confined spaces. It is a tall pole-like structure with many small and medium hooks for hanging coats and scarves. They are made of wood or metal, so you can get a coat rack in either of the material, to match with the rest of your décor. The biggest disadvantage of a coat rack is that it can become unstable, if too many jackets and coats are hung on its hooks.
Hooks and Pegs
When you have limited space and even limited budget, a simple solution for storing coats is installing hooks and pegs. It might be a good idea to install hooks and pegs at eye level for different members of your family. They are great for kids as well as older people. You can also color code the pegs to personalize them according to the needs of different family members. It limits the use of space and is also inexpensive.
Make sure that you invest in wooden hooks that have rounded ends so that your coat fabric does not snag.
Who said that you cannot use repurposed furniture to create great storage solutions. A slim and tall bookcase, can be used for coat storage by simply painting it in a vibrant hue and installing hooks on it. Install drawers on the bottom section of the bookcase for storing boots and shoes.
Coat Closets as Storage Solutions
To reduce clutter in the hallway, it is better to build a coat closet, as it is a great option for entryway coat storage. If you have a lot of bulky coats, shoes and umbrellas it can be quite a challenge to organize everything in the coat closet. For hanging heavy and bulky coats, use good quality wood or plastic hangers, which are sturdy enough to support the weight of the coats.
You can also utilize the space below the closet. Wicker baskets or lidded baskets can be used to keep items like scarves and hats. These baskets can be kept at the bottom of the closet. The space at the back of the closet can be used for hanging umbrellas. Hanging organizers, which are nothing but fabric or canvas compartments can be hung on the back of the coat closet door. They are very handy for storing a wide variety of items like shoes and rain gear. The space at the top of the coat closet above the closet rod is often overlooked. This space can be installed with some shelves and can be used to store rarely used items like off-season items, fishing gear and backpacks.
If you are thinking of organizing your house, you can have the coat storage cubbies that is suitable for your family's needs. Do not store too many jackets in the closet, as cramming them together might damage them. Use these storage ideas to create the perfect coat closet, and have a tidy and organized house.