How To: Simple DIY Coat Rack

Finally – a place to hang my coat! In my home, we unfortunately don’t have a mud room yet alone any kind of entryway closet. I recently pulled out all our winter coats from storage as the winter snow is quickly approaching. I absolutely needed somewhere to hang our coats and created this How To: Simple DIY Coat Rack tutorial.


Step 1: Cut & Assemble The Wood

The first step is to cut your wood to size.

Take a look at your wall space and determine how wide you want your coat rack to be. Jot down this measurement as you will need it when cutting the wood. For me, my measurement was 33″.

I purchased (1) 6″ x 1″ piece of pine board and cut it to 33″ (again, your measurement might be different).

I also purchased (1) 1.5″ x 1″ piece of pine board and cut it to 33″.

Lastly, I purchased one piece of wood trim and cut it to 33″.

This is what your pieces should look like after cutting.

Next, apply wood glue to one of the long edges of the largest board.

It’s helpful to start and stop the wood glue about 1/2″ from each end.

Using several clamps, attached the smaller piece of pine board, gluing the two pieces together like so.

Place a clamp on each side and one at the center making sure that the ends the boards are flush with one another.

Using a paper towel, wipe up any excess wood glue on the front and back.

Next, attach the piece of trim by applying wood glue and securing it to the board with clamps.

When attaching, make sure there is a slight overhang to create a small lip in order to be able to place picture frames without them sliding off.

Make sure that the ends are flush with one another.

Wipe up any excess wood glue.

Leave to dry for at least a few hours.

Step 2: Stain The Wood

After the wood glue has dried, remove the clamps and prepare to stain the wood.

I first tried using a wood stain, and honestly, it wasn’t executing as expected. I then switched gears to a gel stain that I have used in previous projects and knew that I liked.

If you’ve never used gel stain before, it’s similar to regular wood stain except that it has more of a paste-like consistency.

Brush on the gel stain and wipe with a rag.

Leave to dry overnight.

Step 3: Attach The Hooks

Next, it’s time for some math!

For mine, I decided that I wanted a total of 5 hooks. I knew I wanted the first and last hook to be placed 3″ away from each side. From there I determined how far the hooks had to be placed from one another (that measurement happened to be 6.75″).

It really helped for me to draw a quick picture!

Using a pencil and measuring tape, make a small mark at each one of these points and screw in the hook.

Step 4: Attach to the Wall

To hang this on your wall, you will need to locate the studs using a stud finder. Making sure it’s level, screw the coat rack to the wall to secure.

There you have it – you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this simple DIY coat rack and feel free to leave a comment below!



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