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The versatility of heavy duty garment rails

Garment rails have been around since the 12th Century because they are an efficient solution to hanging clothes. Modern heavy duty garment rails are versatile, with many different types available.

Leading high street clothing retailers like Joules and Next rely on heavy duty garment rails for their stores and warehouses. The design of a basic free-standing garment rail has not changed over the centuries, and consists of a single tier rail supported by two vertical columns. Garment retailers sell a large range of clothing types, small and large, so need a variety of rails.

Garment rail materials

The type of garment rails used in the home are made from metal, plastic or wood, but their strength is not suitable for commercial use. In busy warehouses, garment rails are frequently moved around the storage area and carry a lot of weight. Heavy duty garment rails are made from strong tubular steel lengths which are cut, shaped and welded together. They are designed to be both practical and last a long time.

Quality swivel castors are fixed to the bottom of the rails so that they can be moved and steered easily.

Single-tier rails

Garment rails with one top rail are the most popular, as they can hold a variety of garments including dresses, suits and trousers.

A single-tier rail with a tote box stand at the base is ideal for the picking and packing of orders, as it can be used to hold both hung garments and small items such as socks and accessories in the tote box.

Multi-tier garment rails

Garment rails can have more than one rail. A seven-tier narrow rail is ideal for storing hangers to prevent them betting tangled by being thrown into a box. Two-tier rails hang both long and short garments, meanwhile.

Split level rails

The split level rail is suitable for the sales floor. The rail is shaped so that there is a low section and a high section on the same rail. This is ideal for displaying short and long clothes and showcasing items that match or complement each other.


Z-style rails are great for moving large numbers of clothes, or fuller dresses like prom or wedding dresses. The rail has shoulders at each end that protects the clothes in transit from touching walls or other obstacles that could damage or stain the garment.

Exhibition rails

Exhibition rails are easily assembled and disassembled without tools. They can be transported in a car or small van to be used at exhibitions or pop-up stores.

Bespoke heavy duty garment rails

Heavy duty garment rails are made by skilled metalworkers. They are not mass-produced on assembly lines, and there are no expensive retooling costs for modifying designs. This means that fabricating bespoke garment rails is not expensive. The size and number of rails can be altered, or more complex modifications carried out.

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