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How Do I Choose the Best Entryway Rack?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

The many varieties of entryway rack models vary in size, shape, materials, features, and so on. The first step in choosing the best entryway rack for your home is to measure the available space near the entryway to determine how large of a unit you can fit there. Once you have determined the appropriate size limits, you will need to think about what you will use the rack for: some people only use the racks for hanging coats, while others want space to store shoes as well. Others want storage space beneath a bench built into the rack.

Consider your budget for buying the entryway rack. Generally speaking, the more features you want for your rack, the more expensive it will be; high-quality materials will also be more expensive, but these materials will also be more likely to last a long time without much or any maintenance. A smaller rack is usually less expensive than a larger one, but the materials used will have a bigger impact on price than size will. Wood and metal racks are the most common materials for an entryway rack. Many different woods and metals can be used: mahogany, teak, oak, cedar, and pine are common wood choices, while steel, aluminum, cast iron, and wrought iron are common choices for metal.

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A bench coat rack is a great choice for an entryway rack because this unit features a bench on which people can sit while they take off or put on their shoes. It is convenient, but it will take up more space in the entryway, so be sure you have enough space for it. The bench often features a fold-up seat to reveal storage space beneath. This is a great place to store blankets, coats, hats, gloves, and other commonly used items.

Some entryway racks feature shoe cubbies in which people can store their shoes rather than putting them on the floor next to the rack. This keeps the dirt, salt, and moisture from boots and shoes from damaging the floors, and it helps reduce clutter in the entryway. This is a great option for families, especially families with children who will be coming and going frequently in all weather conditions.

You may want to consider an entryway rack that features a mirror backing. This will allow you to adjust clothing, hair, make-up, and so on before heading out the door. A mirror can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the unit, though it will need to be cleaned frequently to prevent build-up and dust.

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