Garment Racks for Beginners

If you are new to the world of organizing, you may be thinking to yourself, What is a garment rack?  In fact, garment racks are nothing new themselves, they have been around for ages.  In the olden days, they usually took the form of a large, bulky armoire, and while it is still possible to find a full size, wooden clothing or bedroom armoire, many people are foregoing those classics in favor of modern, updated, lighter style garment storage racks.

Here is a run down of the basic different types of garment racks, what to do with them and where to find them:
Covered Garment Racks – These models have a few benefits over other garment racks.  One is that they are designed to offer a bit more protection to your clothing.  It all depends on what the fabric is made of, though.

easyviewrack

Vinyl covered racks, such as the Easy View Crystal Clear Vinyl Wardrobe Closet offer maximum protection of your clothes, especially important if you are storing them in the garage or shed.  Fabric covers, like the 48″ Portable Wardrobe with Shelves offer some protection and could still work in the garage, as long as there is not too much moisture.  A model like this Wardrobe Center keeps dust and insects out, while still allowing for some air flow. It is compact enough for use in the guest room.

Double Bar Rolling Garment Rack

Double Bar Rolling Garment Rack

Rolling Garment Racks, like the Double Bar Rolling Garment Rack and single bar garment rack are great for use inside the home as a coat rack or as extra closet rod space.  The beautiful wooden design is a premium choice and enhances any room’s decor.  Casters make it easy to roll this stand in and out of place.
Simple Garment Racks – For the most basic of garment storage stands, the Fol-D-Rack simply can’t be beat.  It has an ultra-minimalist style and a great price point.  Plus it is portable, a big plus!

Pant Trolley with cedar hangers

Pant Trolley with cedar hangers

Other Types of Garment Storage – Not all garment racks are large, some come in smaller packages with just one type of storage in mind, like this Pant Trolley with Cedar Hangers.  This is great for the office worker who uses slacks everyday.  The rack is space efficient and eliminates wrinkles.

Garment Protectors for Formal Wear

If you use your garment rack for out of season clothes storage or for storing special occasion clothes, you want to make sure that you are protecting those clothes the right way.  The most common threats to stored clothes are insects and moisture.  Both of these disasters can be avoided by keeping stored clothes covered in proper garment storage bags.  This dress and suit protector garment bag

dress and suit protector garment bag

dress and suit protector garment bag

is perfect for that job!  Garment storage bags should feature a zipper to fully close the bag for a good seal, ensuring water and bugs stay out!  I like this particular garment bag because it has one clear side that is made of PEVA , which is also an eco friendly material, but the best thing about it is that it allows you to see what is stored in each bag.  That way you don’t have to open up endless garment bags to find the right suit or formal dress you are looking for.  On the other side of this garment bag there is a fabric backing which serves two purposes.  First, it allows for some airflow to counteract the plastic front.  And secondly, it can provide valuable protection from sun damage.  A properly designed garment bag allows you to save suits, formal wear for years, keeping them safe from water, insects and sun damage.  If you have an open style garment rack in your home, a garment cover is a must have for those special clothes that you want to make last!
Here are some tips for buying a garment bag:
•    Look for a fully closed model.  Sometimes these are vinyl, sometimes canvas, polyester and even hard plastic clothes storage boxes are a great choice when you don’t have space on the closet rod.
•    Check to see how many hangers it can accommodate – some only hold one garment, great for formals, while others hold up to eight garments in one bag, which is a better choice for suits and business attire.

Wardrobe Center Saves the Day

I just moved into the cutest little apartment with my cat.  It’s a single bedroom apartment at the top floor of a gorgeous old Victorian.  I love old homes because they come with so much character that you just don’t see in apartments anymore.  Sure, the fixtures are old and there are probably 85 layers of paint on the walls, but I can really appreciate the attention to detail people had back in the old days.  The windows in my little abode are my favorite.  Again, they’re old and a little drafty but they are just so beautiful!  And Snowball, my kitty, loves to curl up and bask in the sunny windows.  She looks so perfect when lying there, almost as if she were designed for this home.

wardrobe center

wardrobe center

So, the only real downside I see to living in this gorgeous old apartment like this is that it doesn’t have a closet in the bedroom.  Seems a little strange to me, since people wore such big clothes back in the day, but whatever!  At first, I wasn’t sure what to do.  I mean, I don’t have a ton of clothes, but enough to necessitate a closet.  I thought about going the regular garment rack route, but then what about my shoes and accessories?  The answer to my question was found in this really great wardrobe center I found online at Stacks and Stacks.  It’s basically a portable closet.
This portable wardrobe is so handy, I’d almost take it over a regular closet any day!  Not only is there a closet rod for hanging clothes, but also the cover has a lot of pockets.  There are pockets for my shoes and others into which I stuff my socks and undergarments.  The best part about this covered garment rack, though, is the removable laundry bag on the side.  My apartment doesn’t have a washer and dryer in the unit, so I have to carry laundry down to the basement.  This wardrobe makes that task so much easier!
And in case you were wondering, yes, Snowball approves of it too.

Hanging Canvas Dress Bags for Unbeatable Garment Protection

If you are anything like me, your closet probably resembles a battlefield and you are not winning that battle. Dress shirts hang next to cocktail dresses next to coats next to Halloween costumes, and so on. Unless your closet was designed by an obsessive-compulsive control freak, it probably has but a garment rod and couple of shelves on top, making it difficult to stay clutter-free.

There is light at the end of the tunnel: nowadays, a wide variety of organizing solutions are available for the ones who are not willing to take it from haphazard architects. My all-time favorites are hanging canvas dress bags, which make it easy to sort a vast frock collection by occasion, season or color.

Hanging Canvas Dress Bag

Hanging Canvas Dress Bag

Great for storing special event attire, putting your summer dresses away for the winter or winter coats away for the summer, these closet organizers keep your important apparel isolated from odors, dust and pests for as long as your heart desires. This feature is especially important for pet owners, for as you may know, dog and particularly cat hair has this amazing ability to get onto anything not locked away in a top security government vault, easily ruining first impressions and smudging your reputation with the in-laws.

And if you ever owned a wool or fur coat, you are probably aware of how fast it can be chewed up by pesky moths, leaving you in utter despair. Still, there’s no reason to wear exclusively nylon and poly, for you have dignity and you have options. My pick is this hanging canvas dress bag. Made of breathable cotton and featuring a clear front, it takes guesswork out of finding the one right outfit in however great an amassment of garbs – get yours at Stacksandstacks! Now if only they came up with a cure for procrastination, we would live in a perfect world.

Review: Frameless Suit Bag

Frameless Suit Bag

Frameless Suit Bag

Finding more storage space in your home can seem like an impossible task, especially when it comes to seasonal clothing. Bulky winter coats, sweaters and boots can be especially difficult to store. Often it’s more of a challenge to find the extra room than it is to figure out how to store it. When every possible inch of closet space is full it’s time to get creative!

Sweaters bags are a must for storing your favorite knits. Easily stretched out by hangers, sweaters are best stored folded flat. Make sure they have been properly clean before packing them up so no moth damage occurs. Storage bags are also a useful when traveling, you can pack all your shirts together or use them to keep outfits organized, then towards the end of the trip you can use them to store dirty clothes.

Garment racks are an easy way to gain clothes storage when closets are full. Ideal for using in bedrooms when you live in an older home without closets or want to create additional storage in an extra room or garage. To keep clothes in good condition add a Frameless Suit Bag that creates a portable, mini closet. A frameless zippered suit bag from Stacks and Stacks is easy to transport and doesn’t take up as much room as a dresser or wardrobe. Clear vinyl design makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Under bed storage bins are a great way to make the most of unused space. Slide out bins with lift tops are an easy way to store items you don’t need everyday. Add risers underneath your bed frame and you can gain a few more inches of storage for larger bins. Platform bed frames with built in drawers are an even more convenient form of under bed storage. Easy to open drawers make it good storage for items you need more regularly, like sweaters or shoes.

Protect It All With A Jumbo Clothes Bag

Proper clothes storage prolongs the life of your clothes, saving them for years to come. Whether it’s a wedding dress or tailor made suit, it’s easy to find just the right garment bag for your clothes and your closet. There are a few basic storage rules that are important to follow and help you get the storage you need.

Prevent fading and damage from sunlight by storing clothes away from direct light. Keeping clothes away from sunlight is easy in a standard closet, but for a walk in closet with a window or skylight make sure to store nicer clothes that are only worn occasionally in a garment bag made of solid material that blocks out the light. For closets that are free from natural light consider a clear vinyl design that makes it easy to see where all your clothes are.

Jumbo Clothes Bag

Jumbo Clothes Bag

Mold and Mildew love crowded spaces, keep them at bay by giving your clothes plenty of air flow and room to breath. A Jumbo Clothes Bag from Stacks and Stacks is a great clothes storage solution, providing plenty of room to spread out hangers. A jumbo clear vinyl dress bag keeps dust from gathering on top of the clothes you want to preserve but don’t often have an occasion to wear. Great for suits or dresses, a clothes bag will keep them straight from the dry cleaner fresh.

As opposed to garment bags that slip over the hanger, a bag with an interior hanger rod makes hanging and sorting through clothes easy. Ideal for storing seasonal clothes, heavy wool coats or rain jackets, an extra large clothes bag gives you enough room to store puffy down jackets. Used in a hall or guest room closet, garment bags are also a good way to keep clothes organized and out of the way. Follow these simple steps and you can keep your favorite pieces looking like new!

You’re Covered! With this delightful, durable Covered Garment Rack!


Now that its 2010, let us take closer look at a very convenient and helpful garment rack. This covered garment rack is ideal for storing and organizing your out of season clothing. There are many desirable features about this rack, the most important being the canvas covering. The cover offers the ultimate protection from dust, bugs and odor. The zipper allows easy access and the rolling casters enable you to put it wherever is best for you. Another fun feature is the side slots inside the cover for cedar boards. The cedar boards will keep your clothes smelling refreshed while being stored for any period of time. Fifty pounds is the maximum weight the rack can hold, so it’s not really for heavy storage or commercial use.

Making your own garment rack cover is also an option. With a sewing machine and supplies you can make a custom cover for a garment rack you already have around the house. You can easily close the garment rack with fabric ties instead of a zipper. The cover you make can be washable, removable and have your personal touch.

reg-107966

Take a Closer Look – Covered Garment Racks

This week I’d like to give you a closer look at a very convenient and helpful garment rack. This covered garment rack is ideal for storing and organizing your out of season clothing. There are many desirable features about this rack, the most important being the canvas covering. The cover offers the ultimate protection from dust, bugs and odor. The zipper allows easy access and the rolling casters enable you to put it wherever is best for you. Another fun feature is the side slots inside the cover for cedar boards. The cedar boards will keep your clothes smelling refreshed while being stored for any period of time.  Fifty pounds is the maximum weight the rack can hold, so it’s not really for heavy storage or commercial use.

Making your own garment rack cover is also an option. With a sewing machine and supplies you can make a custom cover for a garment rack you already have around the house. You can easily close the garment rack with fabric ties instead of a zipper. The cover you make can be washable, removable and have your personal touch.

reg-107966