Friday, September 23, 2011

Extra Long Coat Rack Tutorial

I have been looking for an extra long coat rack forever. With no avail, I decided to make my own 5 foot long coat rack.

The materials and instructions are as follows:
1 7in x 5ft x 1 in piece of wood (I used pine from home depot and had the cut to size. It was less than 6 dollars if I recall.)
5 Cast Iron hooks ( I purchased mine off ebay. They needed some tlc as they had rust on them, so I scrubbed them with Bar Keepers friend and spray painted)
10 One inch wood screws
3 Two inch wood screws to mount coat rack to wall
1 screwdriver
1 drill

For wood I distressed it using a hammer and a chisel.  This is not an exact science so just go at it and get out all your stress.  For a darker stain I would distress more, as the stain does tend to hide the marks.

After wood is distressed, stain with desired wood finish, do a couple of coats to get desired color and let dry.  Cover with a coat of polyurethane.  Let dry overnight.

Measure out the hook locations.  For my 5 foot wood, I had 5 hooks, the first hook starting at 6 inches, second at 18, third at 30, fourth at 42 and fifth at 54, leaving 6 inches on each side.

Predrill small pilot holes for the hooks if wood is too hard to place screws directly in.

Attach coat hooks onto wood using 1 inch wood screws.

To mount the coat rack I found the studs and screwed the coat rack directly into the wall using the 2 inch wood screws. Since this is a coat rack that will see much use, I highly recommend finding the studs, or at least using the proper anchors to attach to your wall.

The screws I bought were steel color so I took a black sharpie and colored over them. :)
My empty wall.

Cast Iron Hooks from Ebay (20 for 30 dollars, in bad shape but nothing that spraypaint  and Bar Keepers Friend couldn't fix).  Bar Keepers friend does remove rust BTW.

Some of the materials displayed.

Measure out the distance between each hook, be sure to evenly distribute hooks at ends.  For example, my wood was 5 feet, and I had 5 hooks.  Hook one would start at 6 inches, hook 2 at 18 inches etc.  That would make it so that the distance at the end of the board to the hook is 6 inches on both sides.

Final coat rack.

Distressed the wood using a chisel and hammer.


  1. This is cool, can you write a post about mounting a flat screen tv onto a wall.

  2. I like this. Can't wait to try it!

  3. Okay, so I stopped by your blog to thank you for linking up to my very first link party, Head to Head Showdown at I got sucked in! Wow, your blog is fantastic, your little girl is absolutely adorable, and you've got such awesome projects! I just love 'em, one after the next! I'm following you back!

  4. these racks looks so cool, great idea!

  5. This project came out great and its so simple! I love your creativity and ingenuity. I can't wait to start a project similar to this with brass wood screws . My entrance is has a old country home style to it, choosing brass would make the jacket rack pop. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love this look--any chance you could give some more details about how to go about distressing the wood?

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Yes, I distressed the wood with tools around the house. It's actually very good stress relief. When you stain the wood dark its harder to see the distressing so just go at it. I used a hammer and pounded the wood in random spots. You could also use a wrench or even nails and pull out the nails (if you want that reclaimed wood look). For the edges I used a hammer and chisel (if you don't have a chisel you can try an old flat head screwdriver) to just split the edges a little. There really is no right or wrong way to do it. The more "wrong" the better it looks.

      Let me know if you have any questions.


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