Owners often lament the closet problem – where do they put their personal possessions when guests are renting their vacation rentals? Many resort to cramming an ungodly amount of stuff into a few closets, locking them up and then leaving the rest empty for guests.
But, do guests actually need a closet?
I will not argue the fact that guests do appreciate closets, but rarely does a guest bring such a huge amount of clothes that they take up an entire closet, shelves and all.
There’s an alternative. And it’s not often used in our industry. But it often does the trick.
It’s the clothes rack.
I’m not talking cheap, aluminum ones that we used in college because we lived in un-bedrooms, but the gorgeous ones. The kind that actually enhance a room.
Here are the advantages.
- When guests use a clothes rack, they rarely leave their clothes behind. After all, they are hanging right out in the open and thus are hard to miss when packing up.
- Owners don’t have to sacrifice their closets to visiting guests. They can keep the bedroom closet chicly locked up (or not) and not have to move their own personal belongings out of the bedroom. This is especially nice for owners who only occasionally rent out their homes or rooms in their homes.
- The last advantage applies to vacation home stays with especially small rooms. Why not do away with a closet all together and be rewarded by a lot more space in the bedroom? Getting rid of a jutting out, awkward closet awards some breathing space and with a nice, chic clothing rack and a chest of drawers, there is always a place for guests’ clothing.
Here are some racks worth considering:
Restoration Hardware has a number of vintage racks. This one comes in both a large and small version:
Factory 20’s salvaged wood rack has a British Colonial vibe:
For a more Asian vibe, look for a kimono rack. They can be found in antique shops and Asian retailers. Keep in mind that some of these are a bit more delicate so be sure to test them out before placing them in a bedroom for heavy use. Here is one listed on eBay:
Vintage Steel and Wood, on Etsy, offers fabulous clothing racks, based on vintage designs and the prices can’t be beat.
Houzz also offers a fetching and inexpensive Victorian era reproduction:
Oilfield Slang, a Dallas furniture manufacturer, makes reclaimed wood and steel industrial racks. Founder Katie Katzenmeyer encourages her customers to customize their own rack, which is awesome. Here is her shabby-chic Large Plain Jane rack:
My recommendation when buying a rack is that it be gorgeous and sturdy enough to hold lots of clothes. Those made for industrial purposes are probably your best bet.
Oh! And don’t forget to provide beautiful hangers on your rack. Here are some vintage hotel wood ones offered on Etsy from J B Hoffman II: