I was looking for a simple coat rack to install on wall panels I was making for an episode and I couldn’t find anything affordable that I liked in the stores. So I decided to design my own coat rack using a piece of 4″ x 1″ pine board (less than $1 per ft) and simple wood knobs (~$1.20 per knob).
It’s really simple to build and easy to customize to meet your needs:
Step 1: Cut the piece of 4″ x 1″ to the length that you want your coat rack to be, sand the edges and stain or paint the color of your choice. I used Minwax classic gray stain.
Step 2: On the back of the coat rack, mark the location of the knobs – using a speed square makes this part easier.
Step 3: Drill a hole for each knob using a countersink drill bit – this will allow the heads of the screws to be set (countersunk) into the wood.
Step 4: Install the screws that come with the knobs, making sure the head of the screws are flush or just below the surface of the wood. You’ll want to raise the 4″ x 1″ by about an inch or two while doing this to give enough room for the screws to go all the way through to the other side.
Step 5 : Install knobs
Step 6: Drill pilot holes with a countersink drill bit on both sides of the coat rack for installing it on the wall.
And all that’s left is installing it on a wall or a wall panel like I did here. Make sure to use anchors strong enough to support the weight of whatever you’ll be hanging on the coat rack. Coats can be heavy! And if you don’t like seeing the exposed screws, you can use wood filler to conceal the screw heads. If you want to see how I made the wall panels, take a look at this episode.