Old houses have many charms, but closet space isn't one of them. Wall-mount coatracks were standard until the mid-19th century, when elaborate entry built-ins with hooks, mirrors, drawers, and even benches became must-haves for well-to-do homeowners. (Callers needed a place to sit while waiting to be shown in, after all.)
That level of formality didn't last, but the idea of having a way station for outerwear did. The freestanding coat tree is a pared-down version of those Victorian-era built-ins, and by 1920 had become an entryway staple.
Lately, coat trees are seeing a resurgence as homeowners use them in tandem with coat closets: Out-of-season gear gets hidden away, while everyday essentials stand at the ready, on hooks large and small. Here, 10 trees to hang your hat (and coat) on.