We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Coat Tree?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A coat tree is a tall piece of furniture designed for hanging coats, hats, and umbrellas. Most coat trees are positioned in a entryway so that wet or snowy outer garments can be hung up before the mess is tracked into the rest of the house. In inclement weather or in large houses, a coat tree can be a useful organizational tool because it prevents entry rooms from being overwhelmed with wet jackets and other outer garments.

A coat tree differs from a wall hung coat rack because it is designed as a piece of stand alone furniture. The origins of the name become clear when you see a coat tree, because it resembles a tree, with a wide root like base and spreading branches which take the form of pegs or hooks to hang garments from. A coat tree is usually well over six feet (two meters) tall, to prevent garments from dragging on the ground when they are hung.

In some cases, a coat tree is built into a shoe bench, so that people can hang their coats and then sit down to remove messy shoes that have been outdoors. A coat tree may also include a hat rack which is mounted on the top of the tree to allow people to safely store hats. Because certain hats like bowlers are easily damaged by being compressed or hung improperly, a hat rack is vital to keep the hats from touching each other or being squished together.

Some people with extensive garment collections also use coat trees in the closet, to help keep coats organized. Coat trees are also frequently used by costume departments, because they allow a large amount of clothing to be compressed into a small space, and if the garments are hung properly they should not wrinkle. In some cases, a coat tree may be made with evenly spaced hangers so that garments can retain their shape, although this type of coat tree does not allow as much storage as a traditional coat tree.

Some caution should be exercised when placing and using a coat tree to keep it from falling over. Try to locate a coat tree in a convenient area close to the door, but not in a place where it is likely to be jostled. Encourage guests to counter balance their coats, so that the coat tree is not pulled over by uneven weight. Finally, make sure that wet garments are not buried at the bottom of the coat rack, because they can mold or mildew if now allowed ventilation.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a HomeQuestionsAnswered researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.