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Do Airbnb and Vacation Rental Guests Actually Need Closets?

Here's an alternative and it's cool!

 

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by Mercedes Brennan in BEAUTIFULLY USEFUL, RESOURCES, SPACE SAVERS, STORAGE
February 7, 2014
Commune's Villa Room has kimono rack

Vacation rental and Airbnb 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.

Is this the best approach?

Commune's Villa Room has kimono rack

Kengo Kuma’s Bamboo Wall house in Commune by the Great Wall in China, features a kimono rack for draping clothing. Notice how the simplicity of the rack enhances the room.

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 enhances a bedroom.

Here are the advantages:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The last advantage applies to vacation rentals and Airbnb’s 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:

Vintage Tailor's Rack by Restoration Hardware

Handcrafted from foundry cast iron and distressed by hand, Restoration Hardware’s Vintage Tailor’s Rack re-creates the character and quality of tailor’s racks used a century ago. Ample strength makes them a practical choice for hanging garments and stacked cases, and their authentic welded joinery, ball finials, and arched bases elevate them to a chic bedroom accessory. $895

Factory 20’s salvaged wood rack has a British Colonial vibe:

Vintage Rolling Garment Rack

Factory 20’s USA, 1920s, Vintage Industrial Columbia Factory Clothiers Rolling Garment Display Rack is made of old growth wood construction. Notice the turned dowel hanging garments. This one has a bottom shelf to hold shoes or suitcases. $1,560

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:

Chinese Kimono Clothing Rack

Antique Chinese clothing rack, eBay, starting bid $700.

Vintage Steel and Wood, on Etsy, offers fabulous clothing racks, based on vintage designs and the prices can’t be beaten.

Garment Rack made of steel and wood

Called the East West Clothing Rack, this little gem is modeled with a slightly Asian vibe. I love the shelf at the top for handbags, tablet computers, iPhones and toiletry bags. $270 from Vintage Steel and Wood on Etsy.

For those of you who wish to make your own clothing rack, you can easily do so using plumbing pipe. In this Idaho cabin, space was small so we had a ceiling mounted one made for the cabin’s sleeping niche:

airbnb staging

Because square footage was tight, we hung plumbing pipe from the ceiling and attached it one wall. The result is a chic hanging rack for guest clothing. Design by 1 Chic Retreat

Oh! And don’t forget to provide beautiful hangers on your rack. Here’s an idea: buy some inexpensive wooden hangers and stamp your own holiday rental logo on it, much like these vintage hotel hangers from the 1930’s:

Hotel Hangers from the 1940'd and 1950's

Vintage hotel hangers like these can be copied with your own logo.

Another inexpensive to make your wooden hangers distinctive is to put a slide a bead onto the hanger’s neck, like we did in this client’s home:

airbnb hangers

We slid red beads onto these wooden hangers in a client’s Airbnb.

So tell us, do you have a closet in your vacation rental or Airbnb? Would you consider getting rid of a closet to make room for more living space? If so, read this post for a more detailed article.

 

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