Whether you have a grand entrance hall or no hall at all, a freestanding coat stand can be a nifty storage solution that saves on wall space. It should be easy to access and sturdy in feel – even when it’s at full capacity with heavy coats during the colder months.
For homes without a hallway, a coat stand in the living room or bedroom needs to earn its place on the style front. Equally, a coat stand placed near the front door will give visitors that all-important first impression, so make sure yours is a handsome one.
Today’s contemporary pieces are a far cry from the traditional coat stands of yesteryear, many offering a calming Scandi presence in pale wood with design cues taken straight from the natural world. And a design-led coat stand will look the part even when it’s not in use, offering sculptural interest to your home.
We put a range of stands to the test with prices as diverse as the designs themselves, looking for a perfect marriage of form and functionality, as well as affordability.
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House by John Lewis coat stand, black
What we love the most about this slender coat stand is its simplicity. The black metal frame supports six asymmetrical wooden coat hooks that jut out at different angles, allowing you 360 degree access – great when you’re in a hurry. The contrast in materials is a pleasing one with pale natural wood accented against the jet black metal. And at just 30.5cm in width, the contemporary stand is ideal for those with limited floor space.
Zanotta Sciangai clothes stand
If you’re after a sculptural, design-led piece in the hallway, this contemporary coat stand is a strong statement – whether it’s holding the family’s coats or not. Italian brand Zanotta has been crafting statement furniture pieces since the 1950s, making this one the designer choice – but it does have a price tag to match. Available in either natural beech or oak, with a variety of finishes to choose from, it is a beautiful piece. The stand folds up for easy storage but do make sure you have ample space for its 65cm width.
Red Candy big spike cactus coat stand
A fun, contemporary take on the conventional coat stand, this prickly number is guaranteed to raise a smile. The cactus-shaped stand is made from a weighty metal and is finished in an attractive, eye-popping lime green. Best is that this coat stand offers a variety of hook heights, making it ideal for the whole family – even the littlest ones will enjoy hanging up their coats. Expect some easy self-assembly but you’ll have fun putting it together.
Woodman Everest solid oak coat stand
Who wouldn’t want to be greeted with this Nordic beauty when coming home from work? The teepee shaped coat stand is made from a pale oak with its natural wood grain offering an attractive visual texture. Further Scandi influence comes in the chic contrast of the white MDF top and inner shelf (handy for keys). This one’s slender shaping means it doesn’t take up too much floor space while it offers a cool contemporary aesthetic – and a calming presence.
BePureHome Giro coat rack
This freestanding coat rack is full of rustic charm in its distressed wood and black metal makeup. The unit offers four handy hooks for the family’s overcoats, while the bottom acts as both a shoe caddy and a convenient seat to perch while tying laces. Sitting flush against the wall and jutting out at just 40cm, this one’s ideal for those with a narrow hallway – yet on the style front it offers big impact.
George Oliver Jasper Hill accessory coat rack
We loved this smart wooden coat stand for its unusual shaping, which recalls early 20th century furniture pieces. It feels traditional, but not conventional. The curvy frame has 12 hooks, or rather, knobs, including smaller internal ones ideal for accessories: hang your handbag up underneath the coats and you’ll always know where it is. The stand comes flat packed but with its pleasing symmetry, it’s easy to see where everything goes.
Maisons du Monde mely pink metal and mirror coat stand
A contemporary coat stand with an elegant silhouette, this pale pink number is innovative in its design. It features a series of large loops for hanging accessories, nifty trays for keys and travel cards, and even a small circular mirror for checking your lippy before you leave – if you’re over 5ft 5in, that is. The metal stand is ideal for contemporary hallways with minimal floor space, or homes without a hallway, offering a stylish addition to the living room.
Covo latva coat stand
Coat stands are tree-like by their very nature but the latva (Finnish for treetop), fully embraces Mother Nature’s own design. This contemporary stand may look fragile but in powder-coated steel, it is a sturdy piece that will hold a multitude of coats, hats and accessories. Simply find a branch to hook your jacket onto. It does, of course double up as a sculptural artwork, and in a choice of vibrant colours, it’s a striking addition to ultra modern living spaces.
Made huldra wood and metal coat stand, black
Another tree-like design, albeit with fewer branches, this modern number by Made hits all the right notes. In jet black metal with contrasting natural wood tips, the coat stand offers a variety of hanging heights. Once filled with coats, this only adds to its appealing asymmetry. Contemporary in style but with an easy breezy functionality, this one would give any traditional coat stand a run for its money.
The verdict: Coat stands
House by John Lewis’s coat stand is an affordable buy yet its high quality is obvious. We loved its simple and easy to use design and its economic use of floor space. In a pricier bracket, we also loved Woodman’s Everest solid oak coat stand for its cool Scandinavian aesthetic and its attractive teepee shaping.
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