Learn how to make a coat rack by your front door using this easy DIY tutorial. This idea involves a wall-mounted board with large decorative coat hooks. Having a coat rack makes it clear and easy for guests to see where they should hang up their jackets, purses and tote bags when they arrive for a visit. Plus it looks like beautiful rustic home decor or a farmhouse style accent for your entry way when it’s not in use too!
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We love to entertain family and friends throughout the year. In fact this past year, I hosted a weekly women’s Bible study in our home. My friends and I would meet downstairs while the kids played upstairs with a baby sitter in the playroom. With six women and nearly that many kids here week after week, it quickly became apparent that we had a big problem in the entry way by our front door.
While there is a very large closet for coats just inside our front door, no one ever uses it. I mean EVER. As a general rule, I’ve come to realize that people just do not open other people’s closets in their homes. I’d noticed this issue before, but it became more obvious to me once we had the weekly group meeting here. As I’m welcoming folks or trying to keep Scruffy our dog from jumping up on them, I’m often not able to take and hang coats for everyone as they arrive. If I don’t take their coats, I’ve found no one opens the closet door to hang them up themselves. Instead coats and jackets get draped over furniture, tossed on the floor or hung over the railing to our downstairs.
It’s a friendly and familiar group so no one minds the clutter of coats and jackets everywhere, but I just knew there had to be a more elegant and welcoming solution. One of my friends has a beautiful decorative coat rack just inside her door for guests, so I thought that idea could work great in our home too. Fortunately, there is a large empty wall right across the entry way from the coat closet.
I decided we should create a long horizontal DIY coat rack to take up most of that wall space so there would be plenty of room for coats, sweaters, diaper bags, purses and whatever else people bring over when they visit.
I also wanted a coat rack that was simple to make, yet decorative so it would look pretty on the wall even when no one is here. Above the coat rack, I could hang framed 8 x 10″ school photos of our boys as well as a seasonal wreath that I could change whenever I update our fireplace mantel that’s just across the room.