Designing a coat stand
Woodwork and metalwork ideas
Hi and welcome to Bootkidz, a small furniture design company based in London. This page has ideas for designing your own coat stand.
- Coat Stand Assembly Instructions - various notes, links, and videos on assembling coat stands
Why design your own coat stand?
Designing a coat stand is a great metalwork or woodwork project.
Coat stands are often used to teach design students in their first or second year of engineering or design school about the
nuances of engineering design.
A coat stand may appear simple, but great care needs to be taken in its design.
See this great idea for a simple and effective concrete stand and wooden sticks coat rack (dornob.com).
There are few initial design considerations:
- What type of coat stand are you designing? A traditional victorian style coat stand (2), garment rail, coat tree, coat hook (2), clothes pegs on a pole, or a valet.
- What materials will you use? Wood, metal, plastic.
- What colours and shapes will be a part of your final design.
- Who is it for? Child, adult, men, women, unisex, universal - pets!?
- What is the target environment - office or home - what is the expected number of people that will likely use your coat stand at any time.
- Think about winter and summer - winter requires heavy coats, whereas summer requires lighter sweaters and jackets.
- What about storage for related clothing: umbrellas, scarves, gloves, and hats. Valets, because they are more personal sometimes have storage space for cufflinks and ties.
- Balance - will it topple over when one heavy coat is placed on it
- Height of hooks - vertically challenged people can't hang their clothes!
- Matt or glossy?
- Clean steel or grungy wood?
- Wear and tear - will it break. Will the legs fall off when it is moved - a common problem
- Will it be invisible when there are a few clothes on it. Maybe this is what you want - maybe you want it to stand out even when there are clothes hanging on it
- What equipment will you need? What about mass-production? Cost of materials? Self-assembly?
- Delivery, packaging, weight...
From Designing to Building (MIT course)
Following the design process is what this course is about. The idea is to choose a simple idea - a coat stand - and follow the design process from concept to manufacturing.
The first lucy coat stand prototype
- Choose a goal related to your coat stand - what is it you want to achieve - E.g. dominate the coat stand world, appeal to parents, emphasis on function and ease of use, or a trendy fashionable coat stand
- Choose a set of design rules (formulae) that you want your prototype designs to adhere to. E.g. Must be designed for children, must support 10 kgs/lbs of clothes, must fall over if person puts a jacket on it
- Think of 3-5 different coat stand designs - use sketches
- Spend some time refining all the designs
- Choose the best design that will help you achieve your goal
- Refine the best design
- Perform calculations and rationalise your design. Ensure it meets quality and safety standards. For example, what effect will it have if you place a 10 kg/lb weight on the end of the coat stand to unbalance it?
- Build a small prototype in cheap materials (wood/glue)
- Decide what materials are to be used for the finished product
- Purchase the materials
- Build it
Also see this powder-coated metal coat stand "jimi 2"
Build a prototype. Research and choose the materials that will help you convert the prototype into a finished product.
Use metal pipe bending equipment if needed (as used on the Boot Kidz coat stands).
You can use software e.g.
3d studio Max(TM),
to design the coat stand. Base the design around your initial goals and design rules.
Showing AMSES Frame2D 2.0 software to design a bridge - download
Examples of Designer Coat stands
- Wishbone coat stand by Bush and Hertzog
- Inform is an exclusive UK agent for a selection of Scandinavian manufacturers, see these designer coat stands:
- Designer Coat Stands - on Panik Design.com
- Tripod coat stand design
- 20 diy coat rack ideas - on Tip Junkie.com
- Build your own coat rack for under $100 in 4 hours - step by step guide with instructions and plans
- List of coat stand designs (various) - a good list of designs from Word Workers Workshop.com
- MIT designing a coat stand - as part of civil engineering degree
- Elizabeth Lex (MIT student) - portfolio showing MIT designs - requires PDF reader
- How to build a wall mounted coat rack - on eHow.com