Strong clothes rails – a tried and tested solution

Clothing retailers and manufacturers rely on strong clothes rails in their shops and warehouses.

Selling clothes from a high street shop is challenging, with high rents, business rates and fewer customers coming through the door. In order to survive, fashion brands such as Crew Clothing and Joules have expanded their online operations and increased their storage capacity using more strong clothes rails to hold extra stock.

Old technology

The use of garment rails dates back to the 17th Century when oak wardrobes containing wooden hanging rails were made. These rails were a status symbol – less wealthy people had few clothes and often stored them in chests.

Many old homes and workplaces had rows of coat hooks for people to hang their coats. Albert J Parkhouse of Jackson, Michigan is said to have arrived at work one day to find all the coat hooks taken. In frustration, he took a piece of wire and bent into a shoulder shape to hang his coat on. This incident is said to be the invention of the coat hanger, which is used with clothes rails.

Style and durability

In retail spaces, clothes need to be displayed professionally so that customers can easily browse them. Clothes rails with wheels can effortlessly transport clothes around the shop and in the storeroom.

Strong clothes rails are made from tubular steel, which can be coated with a number of coloured finishes to match the shop style. They hang clothes to keep them crease-free.

A strong clothes rail will easily hold up to 100kg. Order from a British-based manufacturer if you need reliable equipment that can be delivered quickly, remembering that clothes rails are either adjustable or can be made in a custom width by the manufacturer.

Double-tier rails double the hanging space and are suitable for shorter garments. For long term storage, zip covers are available to protect the garments.

Clothes rails are a stylish way to display clothes in shops and are useful in warehouses and storerooms. For trade shows and pop-up shops, portable clothes rails are available that disassemble for easy transport and can be assembled without the need for tools or skilled shop-fitters.

The environmental impact

The garment industry has been accused of being environmentally unfriendly, with many clothes thrown away after a few wears and a large amount of water needed to produce cotton clothing. The clothing industry is aware of this and is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint. Some clothing stores accept unwanted clothes, which are distributed to charity shops.

The production of the steel from which clothes rails are made from can be polluting, but manufacturers are developing technologies that make production less harmful to the environment. At the end of a clothes rail’s life, the steel can be recycled and used in the production of new steel.

Strong clothes rails are a tried and tested technology that has been around for hundreds of years, but remain a cost-effective way of hanging clothes. For high-quality rails made by skilled metalworkers, contact us via the form below.

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Posted by Mark
2nd April 2020
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