Location, Location, Location! It all starts at the entrance, we walk into our homes, usually through the front door or the garage, we drop our bags and our coats and mess ensues.
Coat stands, why did we ever stop using them? In minutes you can you can have your coats hung, bags off the floor, umbrellas easily locatable, and hats no longer lost or getting crushed in a corner.
A good coat and hat rack is well balanced, yet slim enough not to be an obstacle. It should also have sufficient prongs for your families needs.