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A cloakroom, or sometimes coatroom, is a room for people to hang their coats. Typically found inside a large building, such as a gymnasium, classroom or meeting hall, it is long and narrow with plenty of pegs on which to hang coats, umbrellas, and hats.

Attended cloakrooms, or coat checks, are staffed rooms where coats and bags can be stored securely. Typically, a ticket is given to the customer, with a corresponding ticket attached to the garment or item. They are often found in nightclubs. A nominal fee is generally charged, or if not, a tip is usually paid by the customer when they reclaim their item.

The concept of the coat check was initiated by Albert Behar in the New York area shortly after the depression. Mr. Behar noticed that customers put their coats on the back of their chairs, and offered to store the coats for the customers in a small room adjoining the restaurant.


U.S. Senate

The United States Senate cloakrooms are how the parties interact with the Senators while they are on the floor. The cloakrooms control all the action on the Senate floor, including speaking time, order and organization.[1]


In the United Kingdom, an estate agent will often use the word 'cloakroom' as a euphemism for a small, ground-floor lavatory of a house or to a secondary lavatory of an apartment.

At Fortnum & Mason, the gents’ lavatory is referred to as the “cloakroom”.[2] The term is still commonly used in hotels, stations, clubs, museums and most other UK public venues in its traditional sense.

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