How to build a DIY coat rack with storage for mail and phones plus a place to hang coat, hats and keys.
If you live in a small house like we do, the one thing you regularly have to deal with is lack of storage space.
In our current cottage we only have 3 very small closets, and no coat closets, so we have to find creative ways to deal with storage issues.
So, when it came time to find something that we could use by our back door for coats and keys, I was having a hard time finding the perfect piece. Most everything I found was either too big, too small or it was too expensive. I solved all of those issues by making my own.
Making a DIY Coat Rack
- 3/4 x 3 1/2″ pine – 10′ piece
- 1 3/4″ brads
- 3/4 x 2 1/2″ pine
- 3/4 x 1 1/2″ pine
- dark walnut wood stain
- wood glue
- 3 coat hooks
- pneumatic brad nailer
- chop saw
- 2 pieces @ 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 14
- 4 pieces @ 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 13 1/2
- 1 piece @ 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 15″ long
- 1 piece @ 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 15″ long
This really is a super simple project to tackle and it allowed me to have the exact look I wanted, in just the right size for my space.
So, the first thing I had to do was to figure out the measurements for my coat rack so I could determine my cuts. I just measured the wall space that I was going to hang it on, quickly sketched out my coat rack and figured out my cuts.
With the measurements all worked out, I quickly cut the wood on my chop saw.
Putting this together was almost as easy as cutting the wood. I added just a small bead of wood glue to each edge and then stapled the pieces together using my brad nailer.
My coat rack was going to be stained so I was extra careful when I was using the glue. If you put too much and it seeps out, the stain won’t penetrate into the wood.
If you do find the glue oozing out, just make sure you wipe it all up.
I worked on building the shelves first…
…and then attached the sides.
All that was left was to attach the front pieces on each shelf. I used a wider piece of wood for bottom shelf, so that I had plenty of room for hooks.
Once the coat rack was built, I used a fine grit sand paper to lightly sand the edges.
After a good wipe down, I applied the dark walnut wood stain with a clean rag. I love to see the grain pop out while the stain is going on. It even makes an inexpensive wood like pine look rich and beautiful.
I let the coat rack dry and then attached the 3 hooks that I picked up at Home Depot.
Now we have a place to put our phones and hang our keys when we walk in the back door.
It may even work in Minnie, our tiny RV. Hmmm, I may have to give it a try.