If you don't have built-in closets or your space is too confined for a wardrobe unit, you're not out of luck for a place to store your clothes. In fact, you have the perfect justification for picking up a fantastic piece of minimalist design. And if you find your cupboard runneth over, an extra rail may be just the thing to restore order. One of the designs in this list did the job for me as well as add a bright burst of yellow to the front entrance. Read on to find out which one!
If you like to coordinate your bedroom furniture, HAY's Loop bed matches the wardrobe stand and is about as minimalist a bed can be without being a slab of foam on the floor.
Stockholm designer Kyuhyung Cho collaborated with Erik Olovsson to create the Sine collection of clothing rails. The design was inspired by the regular tempo of the sine wave, which is a mathematical curve that describes a smooth, repetitive oscillation. I have no idea what that means, but I do know that the wavy shape of the design creates a better clothing rail that keeps things in place, and it accommodates its add-ons of three custom hangers for clothing, ties, and accessories (that's the bowl-like piece hanging from the rail in the photo). The powder-coated aluminum unit is kept firmly in place with a base of Rosa Portogallo, a pink marble. A beautiful finish, but I can only imagine how easy it is to stub your toe on it.
Finnish interior stylist and designer Anna Leena Karlsson of Annaleena Hem has combined decor and function in her collection of geometric clothing rails that hang from the ceiling or mount on the wall. Useful as a valet for the next day's outfit or to hang those favourite pieces that deserve to be out on display.
Galula is a design studio in Portugal that makes fun and colourful furniture and accessories. We have a modern walnut unit in the front entry that is mirrored on the front and open on the sides, housing a rail for coats and umbrellas and four shelves for shoes (why is that still not enough?). Things were starting to look messy so I wanted additional storage to catch the overflow of the coats that would take up as little space as possible. The most minimal approach would be hooks or knobs on the walls, and you can get some great ones that look fantastic when there's nothing on them. But I didn't want to start putting holes in the wall. Then I saw Galula's Pendura coat stand and that seemed like the perfect solution. A simple triangle structure made of ash wood that leans against the wall, it has practically no depth, doesn't need to attach to anything, fully portable it can be easily moved to another room, adds form and colour to your space, and oh yes - it can hang six coats or bags on its slanted notches along each side. I'll admit that after I ordered it I did wonder if I'd made a mistake - was this big yellow triangle really going to work? Yes it did:
I absolutely love the yellow. It was tough choosing, all of the colours look fun to live with but there is just something irresistible about a bright burst of lemon yellow greeting you several times a day. I'm showing the shoes on the floor but you can store them facing inward on the bottom part of the frame. I would love more of these.
From Habitat's AW16 collection is more colourful minimalism in the form of the Copeland bed, a modern interpretation of a traditional four poster design stripped right back to a linear red metal framework, and the matching Parkinson clothes rail. The great news about this particular rail is that at £95 it feeds your minimalist design desires at a fraction of the price of the others I've mentioned here. And it's got a nice circular platform for your favourite pair of shoes and a bottom rail for more. Love the style but still need to go cheaper? Check out Habitat's Arnie rail for £15.