Learn to make a handy DIY Shabby-Chic Coat Rack! It’s great to keep a small entry neat and organized! Make it yourself in about 2 hours and less than $40.
A coat rack is a super easy way to organize an entryway. Your family can just throw their jackets and sweaters over a hook and walk away! No more finding heaps of winter gear laying over the furniture or worse, on the floor!! It’s a good idea is to keep a few tote bags hanging up for a quick place to stash just about anything you want to get out of the way!
My house does not have a real mudroon, just a small entry off the garage. This is our drop off place for purses, coats, books and pretty much everything else that makes its way from the car to the house and then needs a place to land.
Before I recently painted, there was a single rack on the wall that was so full that I had to move things around to hang something else up. Apparently we over did it, because when I was prepping for paint, I noticed the whole rack was pulling away from the wall!! This area needed a super duty rack and more space to hang things up, After pricing pre-made wooden racks and realizing they were WAY out of my budget, I made two coat racks myself.
I purchased one superior grade 8 x 4 x 1 board. My coat racks are 36″ long, so the 8 foot board was long enough to make 2 racks. Buying the superior grade board made things so much easier because it is completely smooth so no sanding was needed, and there are no knots in the board.
At Home Depot, the superior grade board cost about $3 more than the standard pine boards and was worth every extra cent.
The boards were primed with Kilz and then painted with 2 coats of glossy white. The holes for the screws were pre-marked to line up with studs in my wall, then pre-drilled for counter sinking the screws.
The hooks were laid out to find the best placement. Of course wall studs are never exactly where you need them, so the mounting holes are not exactly even on each side. This required a little creative measuring to get the hooks to look evenly spaced.
Here is a look at the way the hooks mounted into the boards and the caps covering the screw holes.
I painted the caps after the boards were on the wall.
The coat rack is so functional in this tight space. There is room to hang everything up now!
COST TO BUILD A DIY COAT RACK
The total project cost $37.15 The cost I found of similar pre-made racks was $250!