How to Make a DIY Coat Rack
It is really easy to make a DIY Coat Rack like we did. You just need a long board, some paint, gorgeous decorative hooks and a few simple tools.
What You Need:
- 1 long rough cut board (our coat rack is 64″ x 5 1/2″ x 1″)
- HomeRight Spray Shelter
- Spray Paint (We used Rust Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2X Spray Paint in Satin Heirloom White.)
- 7 of P2155-10B – Bungalow Double Coat Hooks from Hickory Hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish
- Drill/Impact Driver
- Measuring Tape
- Stud Finder
Just follow these simple instructions. This entire project should only take you a few short hours from start to finish.
1. Prepare the board
We happened to have a long board in our garage that was leftover from another project. One side was rough cut and the other was smooth. We decided the rough cut side would give the coat rack a little style and a bit of a rustic appearance on the wall in our entryway.
The board was already 64 inches long so we didn’t need it cut it down further to fit our space. Kent just ran a router along the edge to make it smoother.
2. Paint the board
You should always use spray paint in a large well-ventilated area. Ideally, we would have done this step outdoors, but it was a little too cold here in Michigan the day we wanted to do this coat rack project.
Fortunately HomeRight sent us an awesome Spray Shelter that we could set up in our garage with the door cracked open several inches.
The Spray Shelter pops up easily like a three-sided tent. While it’s larger than you might need for just a 64-inch board, I can see how the Spray Shelter would be incredibly helpful for large dressers, chairs, furniture and other spray paint projects. It folds up small and comes with its own bag to easily store it away until our next project comes up.
We sprayed the board with several coats of spray paint, allowing time for the board to dry between each coat.
3. Choose where you will install it
This step takes a measuring tape, a pencil, and a trusty dog to supervise you. Kent measured to find and mark the center of the wall with a small pencil mark.
He also measured up from the baseboard and floor in a few places to mark the height for the coat rack. He then used the level to make sure it would, in fact, be level.
4. choose the spacing for the decorative hooks
This part can get a little tricky. We had 7 of the Bungalow Double Coat Hooks from Hickory Hardware and wanted them to be evenly spaced apart.
Starting from the center and then working our way out seemed obvious enough. However, we also wanted to hide the screws that would attach the board to the wall behind the decorative hooks.
We used a stud finder as well to make sure one or more of the screws that goes into the wall would hit a 2×4″ stud. That was an absolute necessity to give the coat rack the strength and stability to hold heavy coats and bags. Once we had all that figured out, we laid out the coat hooks and marked where they should go with a pencil.
5. Attach the board to the wall
Kent used his impact driver to secure the board to the wall in the entryway using two screws. As mentioned in the previous step, we made sure at least one of those screws went into a wall stud. You can see our pencil markings for where we want the decorative hooks to go.
6. Install the decorative hooks
Next, he used the same impact driver to attach each of the decorative hooks over the pencil marks. We measured from the bottom of each hook to the edge of the coat rack board to make sure it was centered vertically on the board.
The Bungalow Double Coat Hooks came with their own screws to easily attach them to the coat rack.
7. Hang any additional home decorations
We centered a nail above the coat rack where I can hang a seasonal wreath. Then on either side of the wreath, we hung framed school photos of our boys.
8. Step back and enjoy Your DIY Coat Rack
We love how great the new coat rack looks in our entryway. You will love it too!
The main floor of our home is an open concept, so you can easily see the coat rack, wreath and photos from anywhere in our living room, dining room or kitchen.
The oil rubbed bronze coat hooks go wonderfully well with all the other oil rubbed bronze knobs, light fixtures and accents we have throughout our home.
What I love the most about the new coat rack though is how quickly people gravitate towards it to hang up their jackets, bags and purses when they arrive. It’s the first thing they do or comment on after they take off their shoes at the front door.
What else should we add to our entryway to make our home more inviting for guest? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas.
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Updated November 2019.