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Small space living has its ups and downs, and most setbacks come from not having room to store everything. Where will you put your couch? How is that dresser even going to fit in there? One of the biggest issues small space occupiers face is shoe and clothing storage. Modern clever clothes and shoe racks fit perfectly in a small living space while providing enough room for clothes, as well as a shoe rack at the base.
Luckily, a few clever designers have come up with pieces to help solve these pesky problems and utilize your unique space to its fullest.
1. Grid Coat Stand
Simplicity is beauty. The Grid Coat Stand understands this and doesn’t inflict harsh colors or overly indulgent design on its user. Clean lines and a sturdy build are all it needs to create the perfect space for hanging your coats or wardrobe items.
It fits perfectly with your décor while providing enough room for clothing items, as well as a shoe rack at its base. This coat stand’s minimalist design hits the nail right on the head.
Magazin.com sells a storage ladder similar to Ikea’s wall hanger called Zeugwart Shoe & Boot Locker, but the shelves are simply rungs on the ladder.
While some may find this an unorthodox shoe shelf, the shelves are spaced just far enough apart to securely hold your shoes without having them fall off, and with a storage capacity of 26 shoes, this piece is ideal for those with a fetish for footwear.
If you decide to use it as a shoe and clothing hanger, you don’t need to sacrifice your shoe space to hang up your garments. A square set of rungs folds down from the top of the ladder to provide places for hangers. The best part? No wall attachment necessary! More info and bying at Magazin.
3. Tajsoon Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack
Metal pipes paired with a rustic wood grain shelf comprise this gorgeous piece of industrial style furniture.
The Tajsoon Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack easily accommodates heavy winter coats weighing up to 242 pounds. It sports two shelves for folded clothes, shoes, and/or various accessories. Despite the solid metal piping, the garment rack can be transported between rooms via the locking caster wheels that are attached.
4. YOUDENOVA Small Clothes Rack
A single person living in an apartment can’t usually afford to spend a lot on furniture, which is why this clothes rack is so appealing for small space dwellers. At just under $40, it’s perfect for those on a lower budget who need a way to organize their clothes.
YOUDENOVA comes with a garment rack, two shelves (PP sheets are included), and a sturdy metal frame in a minimalist design to help it fit in with various decor styles.
Tim Wigmore who lives and works in Wellington New Zealand has won several design awards. When designing Hangup Tim Wigmore was inspired by Samurai warriors who are ready at the entrance to receive coat and shoes. About his motivation as a designer he says:
‘I strive to connect people with their things – to design objects that people will enjoy conceptually, physically, and emotionally. My aim is to create work that resists obsolescence, and to use materials and processes that reflect a deep respect for the health of the collaborators, clients, and their surroundings.’
Hangup is made of FSC plywood with natural oil finish and available in the colors natural, red, black, white. More info here.
6. Toj Clothes Rack
Small spaces don’t give you a lot of leeway when it comes to decorating. You need both form and function, but options are limited. Thank goodness for the Toj Clothes Rack, a combination shoe rack/clothing hanger that adds all the value and space-saving capabilities you need to live comfortably without sacrificing vital room.
7. FOF Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack
This space-saving clothing rack has a rustic industrial style that I just can’t get enough of. Its single hanging rack sits atop a slim, space-saving frame that also has a sizeable shoe shelf.
The FOF Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack isn’t just for home use, however. Retail stores will find it useful for transporting stock or displaying choice outfits. FOF comes in two different sizes: a 59-inch and a 63-inch.
8. Kiila System
Many designers struggle to keep hardware hidden from the user, but Artek is letting it all hang out. The Kiila Furniture System by Daniel Rybakken is all about exposed parts that show off the construction of each piece.
Nothing is left to the imagination, and the end result is an open and honest design that amazes and inspires. From desks to coat racks to wardrobes, Kiila never pretends to be anything else but what it is.
9. ZQFFB Small Clothing Rack
Made of high quality metal tube, the ZQFFB Small Clothing Rack is suitable for entryway or bedroom for hanging coats, clothes, hats, scarves or bags.
The durable construction makes this coat rack suitable even for outdoor as a clothes drying rack. A multifunctional and budget-friendly storage option.
If high-end style and comfort are more your thing, look no further than the Monarch. Its striking features add class and luxury to your entryway with cool, metallic color and a more than ample bench cushion.
The thick padding of the cushion will pamper your aching back after a hard day at work; you might even decide to sleep on it. It’s that comfortable. The coat rack and bench are lightweight at only 39 pounds, with four hanging hooks and a shoe shelf to boot.
Its wider design is not as ideal for narrow spaces, but you just might want to splurge on this one.
11. Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack
William Roberts Vintage takes great pride in the products it makes, and that love for craftsmanship is evident in this Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack.
Real cedar wood and pipe fittings come together to form a rustic clothing rack that might just look better than your actual clothes. The rack comes with three shelves and a hanging rod to be used in both the home and retail stores.
12. SINGAYE Rolling Garment Rack
SINGAYE’s Garment Rack has something other freestanding closets don’t – mobility. This rolling garment rack features four caster wheels so you can rearrange your room at will.
Although its modest size doesn’t allow for an entire wardrobe to be stored, it does feature a generous shoe rack and room for your favorite outfits to be displayed, the perfect tool for minimalists and small spaces like apartments/dorms.
13. Tudy Prosim
If you like industrial chic and modular design, the Tudy Prosim is for you. Possibly the most versatile on this list, this valet stand offers a variety of useful features.
Though it boasts only four hooks for hanging your clothing, it also includes a small vanity mirror, two cones to store keys or small gadgets, and a multifunctional shoe rack that doubles as a stool or side table.
Another smaller stool can be exchanged to make the base smaller, saving you just a little more space. This stand is perfect for tiny apartments, entryways, and even bathrooms. Hopefully Tudy Prosim will soon be put into production. Look it up at designer Simona Hruskova.
14. Vasagle Industrial Rack Bench
The adequately named VASAGLE Industrial Coat Rack Shoe Bench is exactly what it sounds like, but the name doesn’t really do its quaint and homely design justice. This entryway piece has all the charm of a full wardrobe without sucking up the space.
With a dozen metal coat hooks and two racks for shoes, it stands at nearly 6 feet tall on four sturdy legs. There’s even a wood panel seat that you can rest on while you take your shoes off your tired feet.
An added bonus is the bar on the top which leans forward for a third row for hanging.