The Best Freestanding Wardrobe & Clothes Racks

The Best Freestanding Wardrobe & Clothes Racks

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 20, 2017
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If you're living in a space with a teeny tiny closet (or no closet at all), that's no reason to fret. A freestanding wardrobe or clothing rack can provide a home for all your things, no remodeling required. Here are 10 of our favorites. Each one is efficient, attractive, affordable and easy to assemble. You'll never use your closet again.

Newly Updated: 10.19.2017

With a new video, Maxwell's top pick, The West Elm Garment Rack, and a new addition, The Huckberry Yamazaki Tower.

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Maxwell's Pick

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Garment Rack
West Elm

Choosing a winner here is highly subjective, and I will say that Nicole, who tested with me also loved the Wood Clothing Rack from Urban, because it was warmer and more her style. BUT, I love the visual simplicity and architectural shape of the Garment Rack, as well as it's strength and ease of assembly (it was the fastest).

The Garment Rack has a solid steel tube construction, plastic protective feet and comes powdercoated in either grey or a chic aquamarine blue.

>> $149 from West Elm


The rail at the bottom means this rack can hold extra pairs of shoes... and it's hard to beat the price. Make sure to pick up some of IKEA's handy hanging solutions and shoe containers.

Can be paired with hanging organizers to store shoes, bags, and folded clothes.

The sides of this rack expand to provide extra storage.

We really like the sleek look of this garment rack from Target. A lacquered wood base is great for shoes, bags, etc. and heavy-duty casters (two which lock to ensure it'll stay put when you need it to) make it easy to move about your home.

Why you should get an open wardrobe rack instead of a closed one

  • They add character. Having no closet space doesn't have to be a con - freestanding wardrobes serve double-duty as both storage solution and home decor. Wardrobe racks add a modern, designer feel to any room that traditional armoires can't compete with. Go with a wood style to warm up your space, or choose a steel design to add an industrial touch.
  • They take up less space. If The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe offers any indication, wardrobes can feel much larger than they actually are. If you're short on storage and space, choosing a sleek rack over a bulky armoire is ideal. Many racks come with additional storage options, like shoe stands and hanging organizers, to give you more storage with less room.
  • They're easier to move. It's difficult to validate expensive, large home purchases while renting. Wardrobe racks just make sense - they're lightweight, so moving them from place to place is not a problem, and they can fit in any size room. If you no longer need it for clothing storage, you can simply repurpose your wardrobe as a coat rack or decor piece.


The shelves above and below, and hooks on the side, make this one particularly versatile.

Should you need just a little extra space (say, for seasonal items like bulky coats), this slender clothing rack by Yamazaki is a wonderful option (and highly rated).

If you love Normann Copenhagen's Toj rack, here's a similar style at a much smaller price.

This HEMNES open wardrobe feels like a mini closet with its built-in shelves, perfect for jeans, T-shirts, sweaters and the like.

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A simple yet striking design makes this West Elm garment rack almost sculptural. And at 42" wide, you'll have plenty of hanging space to boot.

Beautiful detailing — both practical and elegant.

A little pricey, but definitely something you won't mind looking at every day. The shelf on the bottom is great for shoes. Also comes in a small size for $303.

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