9 Brilliantly Organised Ways to Sort Your Coat Storage
Get on top of that pile of coats in the hallway by trying one of these neat solutions
If you’re lucky enough to have a porch, consider turning it into a boot room. You can keep all your coats here, and leave your hall clear for a stylish console table.
Hang your coat hooks at eye level, and leave space below for shoes and boots. Alternatively, for a calmer look, place the hooks at 120cm above the floor – this will give enough room for long coats to hang, but will keep the wall clear above for pictures or a mirror.
A wardrobe-style cupboard is a great solution for keeping your coats out of sight. You’ll need a closet that’s 60cm deep to house a standard hanger – these are typically 43cm wide, without any thick clothes on top.
In this tidy space, the simple doors of the recessed closets have panelling for interest, plus a useful bench and shelf.
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If you don’t have room for a 60cm-deep cupboard, something more shallow can work, too. You can fix a rail to the back panel to allow the coats to face the door. It’s also possible to buy pull-out clothes rails that you can draw out in order to access your garments more easily.
Alternatively, use hooks to hang the coats, as they’ve done here. A combination of both hangers and hooks is a good solution, as you can hang less frequently used coats on the hangers and leave the hooks for those jackets you want to grab quickly.
The space under the stairs is usually 80cm deep, so that gives you plenty of space for storing coats and other items. It’s important to provide easy access to the space, however, so think about adding doors along the whole front surface. The panels here are minimal and sleek, giving the space a cool, calm feel while providing full access to all areas of the under-stairs cupboard.
If you don’t have the option of installing a built-in cupboard, use a freestanding closet instead. The one here has plenty of room and the drawers below are perfect for hats, shoes and gloves. A large piece of furniture like this could be obtrusive, so prevent it from overwhelming the space by painting it white and fitting light-reflecting mirrors to the front.
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If you’ve got a recess in your hallway, use it to as a place to store your coats. If it’s organised well, a nook like this can bring all the advantages of a cupboard without losing the sense of space in the hall.
Fit a rail from one side to the other and provide hangers for all the household’s coats. Install a shelf at a low level to house your boots and shoes, and another one higher up to pop your hats, bags and any other paraphernalia.
Want hangers but don’t have room for a conventional rail? Steal an idea from the kitchen and hang up a utensil rail with butcher, or S, hooks attached. This utensil rail fits neatly to the wall and makes a feature of the coat hanging from it. For multiple jackets, just pop on more S hooks and overlap the garments neatly along the rail.
As most kitchen cabinets measure 60cm deep, they’ll easily fit a standard hanger. If you have a tall kitchen unit that you can spare, use it to smuggle in extra coat storage. For better access to the cupboard, replace a single door with double ones that will open out on both sides.
Add a touch of nostalgia with a good old-fashioned coat stand. A traditional piece made of bentwood will look good in both old and new homes. If you’re looking for something more contemporary, it’s possible to find elegant sculptural versions.
The key to showing off a beautiful coat stand is to make sure you don’t overfill it. Leave some coats in the wardrobe upstairs and only store those you use regularly in the hallway.
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