Deciding what you will be storing on your wardrobe rack will help you choose the best size, shape, and features. Think about how many items you will be storing, as well as how much space is available in the room in which the wardrobe rack will be placed. If the rack will be moved around frequently, be sure to choose a model that features casters, or wheels, for easy movement. The wheels should feature locks for added stability when the rack is not being used. Consider, too, whether you will require a cover for the rack, or if a bare rack is sufficient.
A wardrobe rack cover is helpful for keeping dust, dirt, mold, mildew, and bugs away from the garments being stored. This is a great option if you will be storing garments either long-term or seasonally, though it may not be necessary if you frequently access the clothing being hung from the wardrobe rack, or if the wardrobe is being used as a coat rack for guests and family members. Covers come in a variety of materials, from canvas to plastic. If you will be storing the rack in a damp area, plastic or nylon is a great choice because these materials tend to be water resistant or waterproof.
If the wardrobe rack will be placed in a part of the home that is normally seen by visitors and family members, consider the aesthetics of the rack carefully. While many wardrobe rack models are made of metal for durability, they are not always the most attractive option, so wood can be used to construct a strong and attractive rack. If you are considering a wooden rack, think about what type of wood is used to construct the track, as this will have an effect on durability and appearance, as well as price. Wood racks will probably be more expensive than metal ones, so be sure to prepare a budget before purchasing.
Some rack models feature low shelves at the base of the unit. These shelves are useful for storing heavier or bulkier items that cannot be hung, or for storing shoes. If your wardrobe rack will be placed near an entryway to the home, consider purchasing a rack with these low shelves for storage of shoes. This will keep the shoes off the floor, avoiding damage from water, dirt, snow, and so on. For bedroom use, consider a rack with a high shelf for storage of foldable clothes or items that are seldom accessed.