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Umbrella and Coat Stands

Coat and umbrella stands are ideal for keeping entrances clean and tidy. Available in a variety of styles and sizes, these storage accessories help minimise clutter in narrow hallways and create an open and welcoming space. Wall-mounted coat stands can be used to free up valuable floor space, whilst freestanding units are easy to move around and make great decorative accents as well. Whatever your storage requirements, the Houzz UK site offers an extensive range of hallway furniture to keep things looking spick and span.

What is an umbrella stand?


An umbrella stand is a receptacle designed to hold umbrellas, parasols and walking sticks. A household essential in rainy Britain, it is usually placed by the front door or in the hall to prevent water from being dripped through the house. Available in a variety of styles, umbrella stands are often combined with coat racks in a single, freestanding unit. Some have removable drip trays to protect floors, whilst others come with hooks for hanging folding brollies. Although umbrella holders have a functional purpose, they can also be used as an attractive design feature. Ceramic umbrella stands will complement a traditional hallway, whereas minimalist, tree-style racks channel a more contemporary vibe. Pair your umbrella stand with other hallway storage pieces so you can easily find your outdoor gear when leaving the house.

What is a coat stand?


A coat stand is a piece of furniture that is used to hang coats, bags and other outdoor accessories. It is typically located in the hallway or entrance of a building and can be freestanding or wall mounted. The archetypal coat hanger comprises a tall post with splayed legs and elegant, curved arms that function as hooks for jackets and hats. Generally crafted from wood or wrought iron, this tree-style clothes stand has the advantage of being easy to transport and makes a handsome feature in the hall as well.

However, if you’re short on space, a wall-mounted coat stand is a more practical option. There are a variety of different models on the market, but the standard rack features a flat plaque with hooks or pegs for hanging coats and jackets. Some also come with shelves or small drawers for storing hats, gloves and keys.

The most comprehensive coat stands incorporate a bench and some kind of shoe storage e.g. slatted shelves, cubbies or wicker baskets. Although these units take up more room, they allow you to store all your outerwear in one place and are great for busy family homes.

What is standard coat rack height?


There are three main things to consider when deciding where to mount a coat rack or position a stand:

  1. Layout:
    How is your home laid out? Do you have a wide entryway with plenty of space for a stand hanger? Or do you have a narrower, Victorian-style hallway that would benefit from more compact storage mounted higher on the wall? Are the ceilings low or do you have vaulted arches? Carefully consider the layout to see what height coat stand will provide you with the necessary hanging space without obstructing high-traffic areas. If you plan to position a bench beneath the rack, you also need to make sure that coats will not drag on the seat.

  2. Accessibility:
    Whilst the optimal coat rack height is around 152 centimetres (five foot), this may not necessarily work for every home. If you have young children, you might want to consider installing a lower set of hooks so that they can hang up their own coats or bags. Alternatively, you may decide that it’s safer (and tidier!) to keep all clothing out of arm’s reach! Freestanding coat stands are usually around 183 centimetres (six foot) tall, but may pose a topple risk if they don’t have a weighted base.

  3. Surrounding decor:
    To create a neat, cohesive aesthetic, it makes sense to mount a coat rack at the same or a similar height as any nearby picture frames or mirrors. Try taping a coloured piece of paper the same size as the rack to the wall to see how it will fit with the surrounding decor.

Where can I buy coat stands?


The Houzz UK website offers an extensive range of hallway and entrance furnishings to suit any size or style of house. With everything from quirky, vintage umbrella stands to industrial-style metal coat stands, there’s a practical storage solution for every home.
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