A little-considered, yet important feature in a home is the coat closet. Much discussion is spent on bedroom closets, but the poor coat closet hardly gets a mention. My house has one, yet sadly it poses a problem. It isn’t in the right place. This means my family’s coats end up on chairs, the Kitchen table, the pool table, on the bedroom floor… You get the picture. Let’s take a second and talk about coat closets.
- Does the house you are contemplating even have one? If you are looking at houses in July, the fact that a home does or does not have one may not be top-of-mind, but come October, you will certainly notice! Not having a coat closet means putting up with an unattractive and hard-to-manage coat tree dripping coats and mittens all over your Living Room, or chairs and tables being draped in fleece jackets unless you can train the members of your household to take them to their rooms and hang them up.
- Is it big enough for all the family members to have at least a couple of items hanging in there? If not, the same messy scenario as above may apply!
- Is it in a convenient location? Sure, the house has a nice big double-door closet right inside the front door. Great, if you use the front door every day! If you come in through the Kitchen or Back Door, this closet isn’t going to see much action and won’t be very useful.
An ideal arrangement is a nice-sized closet located close to the door you and your family members will be using most often. If you are listing your home, clean out the surplus items in the coat closet so Buyers can see how much space it really has to offer. Consider adding a bench with a coat rack above it by the back door in an older home for convenience. If you are buying a home, don’t underestimate the importance of this seemingly minor feature!