How to build a wall-mounted coatrack

How to build a wall-mounted coatrack

How to build a wall-mounted coatrack

Tools & Materials

  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver
  • Speed clamps
  • Paint brushes

It is not a pleasant sight to see a pile of jackets and coats at the front door. If your home lacks an entryway or foyer, it can be difficult to find a place to store these items. Our solution? Our solution? Tom Silva, an Old House contractor, made this coatrack from 1x lumber. He added a few strips of fluted, decorative door casing to the front. These are available in many profiles and materials at local home centers. Double coat hooks and wire storage baskets for holding mail, gloves, and miscellany maximize storage space, and the board-and-batten-like design protects the underlying wall from dings and dents. The best part is that the price tag won’t shock you. We challenge you to find a coatrack off-the-shelf that is this easy on your eyes for less.

Casing: Whitewood Casing 3/8-by-2 3/8-inch Casing, $8 per 7-foot length. Hooks: Brainerd Decorative Flat Black Garment Hooks, $4.50 each Both are available at

Step 1

The piece is 48×24 inches. You can adjust the size to fit your space. Tom Silva, an Old House general contractor, added a French-cleat to the back to simplify installation. To make the bevel rip cut, you will need a table saw or circular saw. You can attach the piece to the wall directly if you don’t own one. Simply drive screws through the lower and upper cleats into anchors or wall studs. CUT LIST

Get a printable version of the cut list.

1×4: Three at 48 Inches 1×3: Two at 24 Inches 3/8-by-2- 3/8-inch fluted Door Caing: Two at 48 Inches

Step 2

Crosscut the Parts

To cut the boards to length, use a mitersaw. The two 1x3s should be cut to 24 inches. Next, the 3x4s and 2 3/8-inch-wide fluted casings should be cut to 48 inches.

Step 3

French Cleat

Set the circular saw’s bevel angle to 25 degrees. The blade depth should be slightly less than the thickness of the board. To create two identical beveled strips, cut the 1×3 upper cutter in half lengthwise.

Step 4

Attach the French Cleat

Place the 2x4s on a flat surface. Then, place the French cleat half-way across the 1x4s. The cleat’s narrow side should be on the 1x4s with the square edge facing up. Make pilot holes and attach the cleat with 1 1/4-inch trim-head screws and wood glue.

Step 5

Install the Lower Cleat

Attach the 1×3 lower clamp 6 inches below the bottom of the 1x4s. Next slide the third 1×4 underneath the cleats. It should be centered between the 1x4s outside. Attach it to the cleats using wood glue and 1 1/4-inch screws.

Step 6

Add the Fluted Casing

Turn the frame upside down and place the fluted casing pieces between the 1x4s. The casings should be attached to the cleats using wood glue. Once dry, clamp the pieces in place. All surfaces should be sanded with 120-grit sandpaper. Prime and paint the coatrack.

Step 7

Paint the Wire Baskets

Spray primer and paint the wire baskets so they match the coat hooks while the rack dries. After the paint has dried for at least 2 hours, flip the baskets and paint the sides. If necessary, add a second coat.

Step 8

Install the Coat Hooks

Use the provided screws to attach one coat hook each to each 1×4. Place the hooks approximately 9 inches below the top of the coatrack and ensure that each one is centered on 1×4.

Step 9

Hang the baskets and install the coatrack

Place the baskets on a flat surface and mark where you will place two cups hooks per basket. Hang the baskets by screwing the hooks into the 1x4s. Attach the French cleat’s other half to the wall. The narrow end should rest on the wall with the square edge facing down. The coatrack can be hung on the wall-mounted bracket.

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