You may have been too busy to notice but there has been a trend of late away from traditional wardrobes towards less bulky and versatile wooden clothes rails.
Why? Well, more of us are living in smaller spaces and, also, often renting on insecure terms so it makes sense that people are less keen on buying bulky and expensive bedroom furniture that’s going to be difficult to move.
Another benefit of these kinds of hanging rails is they can make a room look a lot more spacious. Some can also be folded away when not in use which makes them ideal as a temporary solution for the occasional guest, or if you think you may be moving in the near to medium future.
They can also be an economical solution too, with solid wood rails available from less than £30. Here is a selection of some budget and some not-so-budget designs.
3 in 1 Mobile Wooden Clothes Rail – features a double shoe rack, hanging rail and hooks on the sides. Fitted with castors. Made from bamboo. W70 × D44 × H158 cm. amazon.co.uk
Collapsible Clothes Rail – features a lightweight bamboo frame that can be folded flat when not in use so ideal for a guest room or students. The fabric storage box within the base is also great for storing shoes or folded clothing. W64 × D50 × H160cm. £85 from johnlewis.com
Brooklyn Clothes Rail – an elegant solution with an air of industrial chic featuring a slender black metal frame, wooden clothes rail and a wooden shoe shelf. W105 × D57 × H164cm. £120 from johnlewis.com
House by John Lewis Clothes Rail – similar in style but with a white tubular steel frame and ash wood pole. A shelf in the base perfect for keeping a few pairs of shoes. W105 × D57 × H164cm. £120 from johnlewis.com
Soft Edge Clothes Rail – chunky solid oak frame with smooth rounded edges; incorporates a slatted shoe shelf in the base. W122 × D50 × H160cm. £299 from johnlewis.com
Uyen Scandi-Style Ladder Clothes Rack – leaning ladder-style clothes rail with a solid wooden lower shelf. H179 x W140 x D55 cm. £199 from laredoute.co.uk