None of the 3 urban homes we tried to buy had coat closets!! Believe it or not! Talk about a modern home feature you take for granted. I remember as a kid going to people's houses that lived near where we do now and the master bed always being the make-shift coat closet. While we'd love to add one when we expand or have a space for a large wardrobe near the door, what we have now works remarkably well.
There are 2 coat racks behind the door which still has full clearance to open. The leather bench beneath the window opens to house our purses, helmets, diaper bag and hats, gloves, and scarves. It also doubles as great seating.
Here you can see the lower rack for little people gear that is also a great learning tool.
Thanks to a basket divider, the bench stays pretty-well organized.