Coat racks are very convenient and efficient furniture. This furniture allows you to grab a coat, an umbrella, or a scarf on your way out with ease. So, imagine how fun it is to build your coat rack? In this article, you will know the different kinds of coat racks, the many benefits you can get, and how to make a coat rack, whether the standing, the wall-mounted, or the door-mounted.
Can’t wait to start your project? Well, read on and ready your tools.
Kinds of Coat Racks
How to make a coat rack is easy if you know which kind you want to make. There are three famous kinds of coat racks. These are the standing coat rack, the wall-mounted coat rack, and the door-mounted coat rack. Here is how you know which is which:
Traditional or Standing Coat Rack
This is a furniture piece designed to hold coats, hats, and other kinds of clothing. It is a tall narrow wood with wooden hooks on the sides and a base to stand in the corner of the foyer or anywhere you like.
Wall-Mounted Coat Rack
This coat rack is more practical because it does not take any floor space. It is usually made of wood with hooks and can come in various designs, meant for decoration. However, you cannot transfer them once already mounted on the wall, but you can place them anywhere in the house.
Door-Mounted Coat Rack:
This is the same with the wall-mounted coat rack, but is narrower and made of lighter wood materials that you set on any door of your house, whether in the living room, bathroom, or the guest room.
Benefits of a Coat Rack
Before we go step-by-step on how to make a coat rack, let us see first their many benefits. Coat racks, whether mounted or standing, have multiple advantages in any house. From design, color, and length, coat racks are a great addition to your home furniture. Here are some of the benefits of a coat rack:
Standing coat racks are narrow and are usually in the corners of your house. Mounted coat racks are flat and set on the wall, taking as little space as possible. Plus, you do not have to worry about house clutter in your foyer or even bedroom.
Coat racks have a variety of beautiful and sophisticated designs that have double functionality—as house decoration and as a coat hanger. Both standing and mounted coat racks are available in different designs, and you can even have one customized according to your taste.
Coat racks are usually made with durable materials like wood or steel. What is great about a coat rack is its ability to carry the weight of coats and do not affect them, unlike with hangers.
Coat racks can be used not only for hanging coats. You can use them to hang umbrellas, bags, hats, caps, and even scarves.
How to Make a Standing Coat Rack
Before we start the step-by-step guide on how to make a coat rack, here are the things you need:
- One 6ft 4x4 beam
- Four 1ft 2x4 beams
- Four 1/2 of 2x4 beams
- Single or double coat hooks
- Hand saw
- Wood glue
- Screws and screwdriver
Step 1: Assemble the base using the four 2x4 beams and 1/2 beams in a cross formation. You can taper the end of the 2x4 beams to add definition.
Step 2: You glue and screw the base to the bottom of the 4x4 beam.
Step 3: Use the sandpaper to smoothen all wooden pieces.
Step 4: Apply mineral oil and varnish on the coat rack. You can even paint it in whatever color you like as well.
Step 5: Screw the hooks on all four sides.
Always check the balance and the sturdiness of your DIY coat rack and the attached hooks, before putting anything on it. Once done, put the standing coat rack anywhere you want, whether in the foyer, in the dining room, or your bedroom!
How to Make a Mounted Coat Rack
As for making the mounted coat rack, this applies to both wall-mounted and door-mounted coat racks. Here are the things you need:
- One 1×6 board
- Five coat hooks
- Drill and Screwdriver
- Primer and paint
- Foam Roller
- Wood Screws
- Hand saw
- Measuring tape
Step 1: Cut your 1×6 board to whatever length you choose.
Step 2: Smooth the wood with sandpaper.
Step 3: Prime and paint the wood. You can also stain it with mineral oil.
Step 4: At the center of the board, place the coat hook nine inches apart. Screw them on the board.
Step 5: Drill the coat rack directly on the wall or the door. You can paint over the screws to make them invisible.
Remember, you can do different designs with your board. You can cut it into flower designs, or bird designs, whatever strikes your fancy. As mentioned, mounted coat racks have a double purpose: as décor and as a coat hanger. Know more about coat racks.
Now you know how to make a coat rack—a standing or a mounted coat rack. All that is left to do is apply all the things you have learned to make yourself one. Keep in mind that there are three kinds of coat racks and that it has many benefits: for space, durability, and multifunctionality. Familiarize yourself with the steps on making this furniture, and you will surely enjoy its use for a long time. Just remember to check on the balance and the materials to make a perfect coat rack.