Changing Room Chic
Vintage and vintage style school and gym furniture seems to have a strong and enduring appeal – perhaps it’s the simplicity and functionality of the pieces. Such items of furniture have just the right look for a warehouse home or loft apartment. This industrial iron and wood bench rack from Alexander & Pearl immediately evokes school and gym changing rooms. The bench rack is handmade from iron and recycled mango wood and features a number of moveable hooks along the top rail. At 160cm in height and 150cm in length, it’s quite a large item of furniture, but it does sit flat against the wall and the bench is just 40cm deep. This makes it ideal not only for larger bathrooms, but also for use as a coat rack in the hallway. Our tip: why not hang a mirror from the one of the hooks.
Industrial iron and wood bench rack, £695, Alexander & Pearl
For a strong vintage feel, you might prefer this reclaimed hall bench coat rack from Rose & Grey. We think this would work equally well in the hallway or bathroom. It’s slightly taller than the Alexander & Pearl piece, at 180cm in height, but narrower at just over 1 metre in length (11ocm to be precise). The bench is 47cm deep and again the unit will sit flat against the wall, maximising space. We love the extensive use of wood in this piece, which creates a softer industrial look. And there’s plenty of storage space beneath the bench for shoes and boots or slippers and towels. Our tip: use the lower shelf for wire storage baskets, such as the gathered basket from Anthropologie.
Reclaimed hall bench coat rack, £495, Rose & Grey
For a slightly different storage solution, but still channeling the vintage school or gym changing room look, what about this wire wall storage unit from Vincent and Barn? The wire storage unit has 4 separate sections and a range of hooks beneath, which will help you bring order to your home. Again, this piece is immediately suitable for the bathroom or hallway. Our tip: we also think the wire wall storage with hooks would work well in the kitchen, where you could use it to store recipe books and condiments and to hang tea towels, aprons and utensils. The unit measures 100cm wide, 46cm high and 25cm deep.
Wire wall storage with hooks, £115, Vincent and Barn
If you enjoyed this feature, take a look at other items we’ve featured recently for the bathroom and hallway. You might also want to visit our dedicated Storage + Shelving section and see other finds from Alexander & Pearl, Rose & Grey and Vincent and Barn.