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.
Size: 67" H × 15" W × 15" D
Highlights: A rough texture and a nearly black bronze finish give this steel tree the look of a hand-forged piece.
Cost: $99; Pottery Barn
JOSS & MAIN
Size: 72.13" H × 19" W × 19" D
Highlights: Queen Anne-style legs and hooks with a dark brass finish add antique flair.
Cost: $129; Joss & Main
On a Curve
Size: 74" H × 21" W × 21" D
Highlights: Snaking hooks that curl at the ends help collars keep their shape and give this hammered-steel tree a distinctive silhouette.
Cost: $37; Hayneedle
High and Dry
BED, BATH & BEYOND
Size: 74" H × 22" W × 22" D
Highlights: A platform mounted on this coat tree's legs stops wet umbrellas from dripping on the floor.
Similar to shown: $60; Overstock
Size: 69 1⁄4" H × 19 3⁄4" W × 19 3⁄4" D
Highlights: This organic-looking cast-metal piece takes the "tree" idea quite literally, with a mix of pointed and "sawed off" hooks.
Cost: $99; Grandin Road
Sleek and Chic
Size: 72" H × 19" W × 19" D
Highlights: Contemporary at first glance, this tree's clean lines and dark finish would look at home in a traditional setting, like a Craftsman, too.
Cost: $102; Wayfair
FRENCHI HOME FURNISHINGS
Size: 72" H × 19½" W × 19½" D
Highlights: With turned details and a warm oak finish, this tree's modest scale is ideal for a small space.
Cost: $22; Home Depot
PIER 1 IMPORTS
Size: 72" H × 15 3⁄4" W × 15 3⁄4" D
Highlights: Oversize harness-style hooks with a nearly black finish contrast with light-colored mango wood in this handsome version.
Cost: $180; Pier 1
Size: 66 7⁄8" H × 21 5⁄8" W × 21 5⁄8" D
Highlights: A brushed-nickel finish enhances this streamlined steel tree; inward-facing lower hooks neatly corral smaller items in a dedicated space.
Cost: $25; IKEA
Size: 74" H × 18" W × 18" D
Highlights: Chunky metal accents and naturally weathered reclaimed wood give this especially tall coat tree an industrial appearance.
Cost: $143; Birch Lane