How to Build a Simple DIY Coat Rack for Under $20

Creating a functional and stylish coat rack doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. This project involves building a simple and effective coat rack using yellow pine or any preferred wood for under $20.

Follow this step-by-step guide to add a practical and attractive piece to your home decor.

The full how to build video by Trent Tribe is at the end of the article.

Design and Structure

This coat rack features a minimalist design with multiple hooks for hanging coats, hats, and bags. The structure is straightforward, making it an easy project for beginners.

The coat rack can be painted, stained, or left raw to match your home decor.

Material Selection

For this project, you will need:

  • Two 1×4 boards (yellow pine or any preferred wood)
  • Coat hooks (number depends on preference)
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint, stain, or clear finish (optional)

Building Techniques

Constructing this coat rack involves simple cutting and assembly techniques:

  1. Cutting the Boards: Start by cutting the 1×4 boards to the desired length for your coat rack. A typical length is around 3 to 4 feet, but you can adjust based on your space and needs.
  2. Assembling the Rack: Lay one board flat and attach the second board perpendicularly to create a ledge. Use wood glue and screws to secure them together. This will add depth and stability to the coat rack.
  3. Sanding the Rack: Sand all surfaces of the coat rack to remove any rough edges and ensure a smooth finish. Pay special attention to the edges and corners to make them comfortable to touch and handle.
  4. Painting or Staining: If you choose to paint or stain the coat rack, apply your preferred finish at this stage. Ensure the finish is completely dry before proceeding to the next step. You can also leave the wood raw for a natural look.
  5. Attaching the Hooks: Evenly space the coat hooks along the length of the rack. Mark the positions and pre-drill holes to prevent the wood from splitting. Attach the hooks using screws, ensuring they are securely fastened.
  6. Mounting the Coat Rack: Attach mounting hardware to the back of the coat rack. Use wall anchors or screws to securely mount the coat rack to the wall. Ensure it is level and firmly attached to support the weight of the coats and other items.

Technical Considerations

When building a coat rack, consider the following technical aspects:

  • Spacing: Ensure the hooks are evenly spaced to provide ample room for hanging items.
  • Stability: Make sure the rack is securely attached to the wall to support the weight of coats and bags.
  • Finish: Choose a durable finish that protects the wood and matches your decor. Consider using a clear finish to showcase the natural beauty of the wood.

Aesthetic and Practical Appeal

This DIY coat rack project combines functionality with a sleek design, making it a great addition to any entryway, hallway, or mudroom. Its simple construction and minimalist look ensure that it blends seamlessly with various decor styles.

Building a coat rack is a rewarding project that enhances your woodworking skills and provides a practical, stylish addition to your home. It offers an opportunity to create something unique and personalized while keeping costs low.

So gather your materials and tools, and enjoy the process of building a beautiful and functional coat rack for under $20.

Full How To Build Video