So, you scored a new fluffy sweatshirt along with your comfy cashmere sweater. And, a gorgeous off-the-shoulder knit, too. Except you have a big problem: your tiny closet is bursting at the seams. So, what do you do with your latest shopping haul? Of course, you pull out a clothing rack!
Allow us to explain. Clothing racks are often standalone, design-forward pieces that offer extra storage and a place to display jackets, shoes, and bags you want to show off or that you reach for every day. They can work as an accessory to your closet, or on their own to elevate your bedroom, closet, or even your entryway.
To find the best out there, we purchased 11 clothing racks and tested them for 10 hours at The Lab, evaluating their setup, organizational ability, design, durability, and overall value. We hung 10-pound bags (which would equal quite a bit of clothes!) to see if the materials became strained or bent, and we tried storing a variety of items on the rods and shelves, to see how they fared. We also chatted with Katie Berry, author of 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House and The Spruce's Cleaning Review Board member, who noted that racks with shelves—in addition to giving you more flexible storage options—also tend to be sturdier. Berry also stresses that if your household has young children, it's key to look for a rack "that can be fastened to the wall to prevent tipping."
Our favorite clothing rack, the Untyo Clothes Rack, features a sturdy yet lightweight build, complete with wheels for transporting it with ease. At a great price, the rack is also able to hold a variety of items, and it's attractive, too. So, grab your clothes (including those piles on the floor!), and let us show you the advantages of owning a clothing rack.
Untyo Clothes Rack with Wheels and Double Rails
Multiple rods and shelves
Clear assembly process
Very durable design
Has wheels for easy transport
May be a bit large for small spaces
Lacks a few labels for screws
After thoroughly testing almost a dozen clothing racks at The Lab, the Untyo Clothes Rack stood out as the clear winner of our best overall category, thanks to its sturdy, lightweight, and spacious design. Right away, we were impressed with this rack that came with pretty clear instructions and labels for assembly. The only "catch" during assembly was the lack of labels indicating where the screws needed to be added to the bottom shelves. Otherwise, putting together this rack was easy and took us 29 minutes—a few less than the average setup time of the day.
Once assembled, the rack looks incredibly simple and sleek. Available in both white and black finishes, it's sure to blend into a variety of spaces, plus offer plenty of storage, thanks to its two rods and two shelves. In our experience, the rack was able to hold a variety of clothing items—from shoes to scarves and baskets if you would like to tuck accessories away. The wheels make this rack really easy to transport, and we found that the rack felt stable when in motion. When we added two 10-pound bags to the rods, there were zero signs of bending or distress, which lined up with the brand's promise of a 110-pound weight limit. "Even with two bars, it doesn't feel like it will tip over," one tester said, adding that it also transitioned from a hard floor to a rug very well.
All in all, we wouldn't change a thing about this product. It checked off all of the boxes and is a spacious, reliable option for anyone looking for a clothing rack. If you live in a small space, you might need to be a little strategic about where you place it because the double rods make it bulkier than a single-rod option. But we ultimately gave this pick multiple 5-star ratings and think it's well worth the price tag—in fact, we'd be willing to pay more for this product. It's that good.
Price at time of publish: $56
Dimensions: 63 x 20 x 31.5 inches | Weight: 8.03 pounds | Material: Iron | Color: Black or white | Number of Shelves: 2 | Number of Rods: 2 | Rolling: Yes
Simple Houseware Standard Rod Garment Rack in Silver
Very durable design
Available in different configurations and colors
Not very spacious
Shelf is best suited for large items
Trust us: You don't have to spend big bucks to add a clothing rack to your space. While the Simple Houseware Standard Rod Garment Rack isn't the most stylish or spacious on the market, it has an adjustable rod that'll help you hang up your favorite pieces, including your leather jacket with tassels and that sequined mini skirt. We thought the setup process was fairly simple, especially because the necessary tools to assemble the rack were provided. (Though, we wished the pieces were labeled because the metal rods all looked very similar.) We were able to easily roll the rack on its wheels from a rug to a hard floor, and hanging the 10-pounds bags didn't result in any sagging. Given the lower price tag, durability may not be assumed, but our team considered its strength a real plus. Simple Houseware even gives it a weight load of up to 250 pounds (which surely is a lot of sweaters!).
Now, the downfall of this rack is its lack of different storage options. One rod and one bottom shelf—suitable mainly for large-sized shoes—isn't ideal if you're hoping to store your entire closet. The whole rack is quite minimal, but it's also offered in black and white finishes so you can match it with your decor.
We think it would be a particularly great option for holding outfits for a photo shoot (you know when you want to show off your latest purchases on Instagram) or displaying items in a store, in addition to the more traditional uses for a clothing rack in your home. Several other rod configurations are also available if you want to spend a few more dollars for added storage space.
Price at time of publish: $35
Dimensions: 58.3 x 30.5 x 15 inches | Weight: 6.64 pounds | Material: Metal | Color: Silver, black, or white | Number of Shelves: 1 | Number of Rods: 1 | Rolling: Yes
Urban Outfitters Levy Clothing Rack
Shelves are very functional
Could blend into any decor
Plenty of storage options
On the expensive side
Need two people to assemble
Whether you're hoping to add an eco-friendly rack to your home or like the natural look and feel of bamboo, we think the Urban Outfitters Levy Clothing Rack is a lovely option. Assembling this rack is a two-person job because many pieces need to be aligned and screwed together, but the finished product is both stylish and spacious. One tester noted that "it has a nice design you could actually display" and isn't short on rods and shelves for your belongings at the same time. The rack has one rod and two shelves that are lined with bamboo planks, so your items won't fall through. You can hang items off the top corners, though you may want to be careful that the items don't get snagged.
Now, when we tested the capacity of this rack, it was clear that it's not as durable as others. While we weren't able to find a weight limit listed, the rod definitely sagged in the face of the 10-pound bags, and a lack of wheels also means you will need to have a friend or family member help you move it. Otherwise, it's versatile and functional—a piece you'd want to fit into the decor of your office, mudroom, bedroom, or even living room. It's a bit expensive, but is also worth splurging on because you can make it blend into many spaces over time.
Price at time of publish: $129
Dimensions: 66.93 x 17.72 x 29.53 inches | Weight: 11.68 pounds | Material: Bamboo | Color: Bamboo | Number of Shelves: 2 | Number of Rods: 1 | Rolling: No
Brabantia Linn Large White Clothes Rack
Clean and aesthetic design
Good amount of storage options
Available at multiple major retailers
Wire shelves can only hold light items
Doesn't have wheels
Though setting up the Brabantia Linn Large Clothes Rack took about 45 minutes, we believe this rack is well-worth splurging on, especially if you're in the market for a long-lasting, stylish, and spacious piece. "The colors and design are so simple, clean, and pretty," said one tester, adding that the aesthetic design can easily complement your belongings and make them an artsy centerpiece of your home. If you have experience putting together furniture, following along with the instruction manual might not be too difficult. However, we did note that the instructions could've been more clear, and you do need to be very careful when lifting the rod above your head and placing the bars in their connection points prior to adding in screws.
However, once assembled, this rack is very sturdy. The bamboo rod could withstand the two 10-pound bags just fine, which is close to the manual's listed weight limit of 22 pounds (on the lower side of the set we tested). The wire shelves—which you can set to your desired height—did bend a bit and proved not to be a suitable spot for heavy items. In addition, the rack doesn't come with wheels, so you'll want to set it up in your desired location or plan to shift it to its forever home. We believe the price tag is a bit high, but it's suitable for a standout piece you'll have for a long time. Notably, this rack is available in a smaller size and in both white and black, too.
Price at time of publish: $189
Dimensions: 74.8 x 39.2 x 22.4 inches | Weight: 23.8 pounds | Material: Metal and bamboo | Color: White or black | Number of Shelves: 2 | Number of Rods: 1 | Rolling: No
Honey-Can-Do Chrome Rolling Clothing Rack with Shelves
Very durable design
Wheels moved smoothly
Plenty of storage options
Instructions were just a photo
Pieces are pretty heavy
Not every clothing rack on the market has a set of rolling wheels, but the ones that do are easier to transport. The Honey-Can-Do Chrome Rolling Clothing Rack was our favorite rolling rack from our testing at The Lab, as it includes three shelves and one rod for maximum storage of your clothes, cleaning supplies, or garden gear. The chrome finish on the rack definitely makes it look more utilitarian in person. However, while you might not want to display it in your home if your interior decor doesn't align, our team thinks this aesthetic makes it the perfect option for a garage, laundry room, or basement storage room. The rod held up really well in the face of the 10-pound bags, and the wheels transitioned from a rug to a hard floor with ease. You could load it up with big boxes of snacks, bottles of laundry detergent, or multiple baskets of clothes—you name it. In fact, the brand lists a 50-pound weight capacity for the bar, and 200 pounds for each shelf,
It is important to note that the instructions for this rack were just a photo. There are several pieces and parts, all of which are pretty heavy, so more detailed instructions would be helpful and ensure a speedier assembly process. The rack is adjustable, but our testers found the parts a bit hard to move, given their weight. Lastly, the rack is quite tall, so you'll want to make sure you have enough space in your room for it before adding it to your cart.
Price at time of publish: $66
Dimensions: 76 x 36 x 13 inches | Weight: 24.9 pounds | Material: Metal | Color: Chrome | Number of Shelves: 3 | Number of Rods: 1 | Rolling: Yes
Best for Small Spaces
Yamazaki Home Freestanding Steel & Wood Hanger in White
Easy to assemble
Comes in two colors
No instructions to follow
Doesn't have wheels
Creating storage in a small space is no problem with the help of the Yamazaki Home Freestanding Steel & Wood Hanger. This more compact option can comfortably fit one or two outfits on its single rod and a pair of shoes on its bottom shelf. You can also hang items off its top corners, if you're hoping to show off a hat or bag. The assembly process was a breeze, only taking about five minutes to complete, despite not having clear instructions. The items we tested the racks with—including a jacket, sweater, pair of pants, vest, shoes, and more—fit nicely, and the rack proved to be lightweight and easy to move. While you can't roll it, the lightweight design means you can easily slide or lift it whenever you want to re-arrange your space.
Despite being lightweight, this aesthetic clothing rack is also "surprisingly durable," according to our testers. The rod didn't show any major signs of distress when we applied the 10-pound bags, though it was a little bit wobbly, which makes sense given the listed weight capacity as 11 pounds each for both the lower shelf and the bar. At the end of the day, our tester said they'd want to proudly display this rack. You can shop it in black or white, depending on the style of your space and your personal preference.
Price at time of publish: $98
Dimensions: 55.1 x 20.5 x 18.5 inches | Weight: 9.5 pounds | Material: Steel and wood | Color: White or black | Number of Shelves: 1 | Number of Rods: 1 | Rolling: No
VASAGLE Heavy-Duty Clothes Rack
S-hooks are included
Very durable design
Assembly took a long time
Doesn't have wheels
The VASAGLE Heavy-Duty Clothes Rack is the perfect fit for a rustic-styled space. With its dark brown and black palette, it's sure to blend into the mudroom, bedroom, or even entryway decor of this kind of space. It might not be the best fit, as a result, for a beach-inspired home that's generally light and airy. Our team was impressed by how spacious the rack was once it was set up, and said it would be a practical purchase because the product feels really long-lasting. The rack held the 10-pound bags with total ease, as if it was made for a set of heavy winter coats or tote of books. The two shelves proved to be a suitable spot for storing shoes. In addition, the provided S-hooks are a versatile solution for smaller items like face masks or produce bags. And actually, each type of storage has impressive weight capacities listed, ranging from 11 pounds apiece for each hook, 66 pounds for the rod, and up to 143 pounds for each shelf.
That being said, though, we did wish that the setup process was easier. While the instructions were clear and the pieces were labeled, the alignments of the pieces felt a little off. We noticed that you can't really tighten the screws either until everything is in place, and that step in itself made the process take longer. We took a solid 50 minutes to assemble this rack that also doesn't feature wheels. But, if you're in the market for a rustic clothing rack, then this pick is certainly the most practical, durable, and spacious. You just may need an afternoon to set it up.
Price at time of publish: $120
Dimensions: 63 x 17.7 x 39.4 inches | Weight: 30.2 pounds | Material: Steel and particleboard | Color: Brown and black | Number of Shelves: 2 | Number of Rods: 1 | Rolling: No
Our favorite clothing rack is the Untyo Clothes Rack, which features multiple rods and shelves for storing and displaying all your belongings. In our experience, setting up this rack was easy, and the wheels made it very portable. If you are sticking to a budget, the Simple Houseware Standard Rod Garment Rack is another great option. While it's not as spacious, it features an adjustable rod and is available in different configurations and colors, too.
Other Options We Tested
IKEA RIGGA White Clothes Rack: With a minimalist design, rolling wheels, and a bottom shelf, we had really high hopes for this clothing rack. After unboxing it, it was clear that it would be a stylish option you could display in essentially any space. However, the assembly wasn't ideal. The instructions were only semi-clear, and left out detailed notes for certain parts of the setup process. The rack has an adjustable height feature, but the buttons to adjust the rod length broke during assembly on one side, making the rack unstable, uneven, and unusable. At $20, this rack would certainly be a suitable budget-friendly option if the pieces weren't so flimsy.
COPREE Bamboo Garment Rack: The COPREE Bamboo Garment Rack is another aesthetic option for a variety of homes, but it didn't prove to be very durable in our testing. The rod sagged when we put the 10-pound bags on it, and our tester described the material of the rack as very delicate. We don't think it'll hold up for a long time. In fact, we found it was a little wobbly. With stylish and thoughtful knobs, a rod, and multiple shelves, this rack certainly has a lot of organization options. It took our tester over an hour to set up, though, and the wood split when the screws were added.
How We Tested the Clothing Racks
We purchased and tested 11 clothing racks side-by-side in The Lab in Industry City, Brooklyn to conduct our clothing racks test. To start, our team unboxed and completed the setup for each rack, noting if the instructions were clear and if assembly took as long as was advertised or much longer than they would expect it to. We noted if it was a two-person task (so you know if you need to call a friend for extra help), and whether the various pieces and parts were labeled. Once assembled, we evaluated the organizational ability of each rack and took notes on the rods, shelves, knobs, or hooks that the product included. We hung a sweater, jacket, vest, pair of pants, set of fabric shelves, and hat on the rack. Accessories like a tote bag and pair of shoes were also added to the rack if possible. We also noted if the rack felt spacious and could hold a variety of items neatly, or if it felt limited and very wobbly throughout the process of loading it up.
From there, we challenged the durability of each clothing rack. We placed two 10-pound weights in separate tote bags, and hung them on metal S-hooks on the rod. If the rod bent, dipped, or looked a little distressed, we noted it. We also considered the materials each rack was made of at this time and decided if they felt flimsy, like they'd last a lifetime, or somewhere in between. After testing durability, our team considered the design of each rack and answered questions like, "Does it have wheels and do they move smoothly?" We tried rolling the rack, if it did have wheels, from a rug to a hard floor to see if it remained stable. Testers took specialty features into account, as well as the overall aesthetic of the rack to determine what spaces it may look or work the best in.
Finally, we took the entire experience into account when judging the overall value of each rack. Our editors then boiled down all of the data to put together this list of what we believe are, the very best clothing racks for extra, stylish, and functional storage in your space.
What to Look for in a Clothing Rack
The first thing you should consider when shopping for a clothing rack is the size you need. There are tall, wide, and compact options on the market to suit a wide variety of needs. We highly recommend measuring the space you plan to put your rack and making sure the dimensions of your potential purchase align. If you're looking to add a clothing rack to your bedroom because you don't have a traditional closet, then you may want a rack that's in the larger size. If you want to add a rack to your entryway to hang up jackets on your way in the door, then you may want a tinier pick that you can tuck into a corner. Consider how bulky the bottom shelves may be and when in doubt, look for a rack that's adjustable and can be worked into several different spaces as a result.
Along with size comes the unit's capacity, which is often listed as a weight limit on a product page or in a description. You'll find lots of variety in this category, with some racks intended for lighter lifts, and some clearly designed to be more heavy duty. Our best overall pick, for example, the Untyo Clothes Rack, has a total capacity of 250 pounds.
Clothing racks will always include at least one rod for hanging up your belongings. However, you may also find racks with one or multiple shelves, knobs for hanging hats and bags, and S-hooks for those tiny items that would otherwise collect in a basket. When shopping, think about what you plan to put on the rack to ensure the rack has the right features and versatility to suit your needs. Also, consider the durability of the rack's materials. A single, flimsy rod will not be suitable for hanging up a stack of heavy coats, even if it's long and generally spacious. The Honey-Can Do Chrome Rolling Rack, our best rolling, is a great example of a smart design that includes both upper and lower shelving, a standard rod, and room to add your own S-hooks, if the mood strikes.
Clothing racks are meant to be both functional and stylish pieces for your home, so it's key to think about the color of the rack you're purchasing and how it'll blend into your decor. Racks can often be found in white, black, chrome, and natural (if it's made of bamboo or wood) colorways. Some might look rustic (like the VASAGLE Clothes Rack), while others look very clean, minimalistic, or even utilitarian. Taking the purpose of the rack into consideration—whether it be to display clothes or store cleaning supplies—may help you decide on a color if you're feeling indecisive.
Wheels are a feature you can find on some clothing racks, but not all. They typically make the rack a lot more portable, and are a great feature to consider if you plan on moving your belongings around your space often or are using the rack in a photo shoot situation, laundry room, or basement for lots of added storage. Some wheels may be flimsy, so keep an eye out for reviews of smooth-gliding and easy-to-use wheels. In our round-up, three of our picks have wheels: the Honey-Can Do Chrome Rolling Rack, Simple Houseware Standard Rod Garment Rack, and the Untyo Clothes Rack.
An adjustable design gives you more options when deciding on a place to put your rack and putting items on it. It may include buttons that allow you to adjust the height of the rod, making it easier to reach or more suitable for short-hanging items, or a rod that extends so you can hang more tops or jackets at one time. If you're not entirely sure how much space you'll need to store your belongings, or you plan on moving and bringing the rack with you to a different place, an adjustable design is well-worth considering. Our best budget pick, the Simple Houseware Standard Rod Garment Rack, offers this feature.
What are clothing racks used for?
Clothing racks have several potential uses, but the most common is to store and display items that typically live in a traditional closet. They can be a good solution if you don't have a closet or need more space to hang jackets, shirts, pants, and dresses. However, a clothing rack can be used in other situations, too. For example, you can use one to store cleaning supplies, garden gear, or extra snacks in a basement or garage. If you're a photographer, performer, or small business owner, you can use a clothing rack to house outfits or costumes. You can also set up a clothing rack in your living room, office, or entryway and give your jackets, blankets, or tote bags a loving home.
How do you style a clothing rack?
Be warned: if you find yourself with a clothing rack, the urge to style it and display it will be strong. Many of the same tips that you might see for styling closets can apply, like sorting by color, sorting by type, and using additional clothing storage solutions to organize your wardrobe. You might want to rotate clothes seasonally to ensure that they're not too crammed, so you can have a light and airy look with more open space around each piece. Another option is to feature your favorite pieces front and center.
What are the best places to buy a clothing rack?
Clothing racks are sold by a variety of large and small retailers, online and in-store. For a large selection of racks, it's best to shop Amazon, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Wayfair. For more style-focused, and maybe even a bit more expensive, racks, you can check out the selection at Urban Outfitters, Crate & Barrel, and West Elm. For a homemade rack, you can likely shop any local vendor that carries home goods, or Etsy.
How do you make a clothing rack?
If you want to make your own clothing rack, say to display clothes for a garage sale you're hosting, or tackle an exciting DIY project, you'll first need to decide what material you want the rack to be made of. Then, source that material, as well as any tools you'll need to cut, sand, adhere, and finish the pieces.
There are projects you can follow along with on The Spruce and YouTube—but remember to have a professional help you if you don't have experience with any of the tools that are recommended. Also, follow all safety guidelines while completing your DIY project.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Marisa Casciano is a senior commerce editor for The Spruce, focusing on appliances, cleaning, and organization. She has researched the ins and outs of vacuums, air purifiers, dishwashers, cooktops, wine fridges, woven baskets, wool dryer balls, and more in the home space. She helped develop and execute our clothing racks test, and scoured brand, retailer, and third-party websites to select which racks would be tested in The Lab. Casciano considered price, design, organization options, and size and also verified customer reviews when selecting the racks. When narrowing down the testing insights from The Lab, she heavily weighed durability, spaciousness, and value, and considered how difficult it was to assemble each pick. Casciano currently loves the Brabantia Linn Clothes Rack in her own home and found it easy to assemble, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing and relatively durable.
Dena Ogden, commerce writer at The Spruce, updated this piece and contributed additional research. She's been writing professionally since 2016, and with The Spruce since August 2022, specializing in appliances, cleaning, and organizational topics.
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