Party in a Nutshell: Guest Coat Rack in the Tub

Guest Coat Rack in Shower

Photo by Gail Owens

Guest Coat Rack in the Tub

I’m throwing a cocktail party in my petite abode in a few weeks, and one of my favorite space-saving tips is to put a portable wardrobe rack in the bathtub for coats. I live in NYC, and it is still very chilly in March. Guests are going to arrive with bulky coats and scarves, and I want to be prepared. I don’t love putting dirty coats on the bed, but there is not an inch to spare in any of the closets. Time to get resourceful.

Rigga Ikea Coat Rack

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Since my tub is very narrow, it was hard to find a portable, collapsible rack that would fit. But the ever dependable small-space decor source, Ikea, came to the rescue with the Rigga rack ($12.99).  When not in use, it disassembles easily for skinny storage.

Portable Ikea Wardrobe Rack

I tried using a cheaper plastic and metal model, and it started to bend after a few coats were hung. Invest in an all-steel or metal construction, or it will not be worth the money. No plastic parts please.


• Spray paint clear plastic hangers gold or a fun party color to match your theme. Color blocked hangers look neater.

• Tie large wedding table number cards on each hanger for each coat and guest.

• Place baskets on the bottom to store purses and backpacks.

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OK, now I have to think about the menu…so much to do. Give it a whirl at your next party!