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Do It Yourself Closet Coat Rack

On a budget? Simple & stylish do it yourself coat racks for closet organizers & storage space!

Posted December 30th, 2010   |   Tags: Do It Yourself, Closet Coat Rack, Closet Organizers
Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack

Burrrr.  It's cold outside and we've got a great, low cost DIY project for your closet organizers that can help keep your warm winter coats easily accessible in your closets, entry way or laundry room.  There are many ways to make DIY coat rack closet organizers, but I thought I would stick to some low budget and fun concepts that can function in a variety of ways - simple and stylish for a post-holiday closet organization activity.

Do It Yourself Closet Coat Rack

Feel free to use any paint colors, decorative items or wood length you choose for your own coat rack closet organizers.  I'm only using items found around the house for a low budget project, but the concept is simple!  Switch it up and have fun!

Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack - Tools
  • Scrap Wood about 1/4" thick - I'm using an extra fence post I found.
  • Paint - your choice of colors
  • Paint Brush(s)
  • 3 to 10 single coat hooks or drawer knobs (or whatever works) - I'm using extra knobs from a dresser.
  • Circular or Jig Saw to cut your wood
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Wall Hooks - I used heavy duty ring hangers.
  • Screws
  • Screw Driver or Drill
  • Decorative Accents (ribbon, stamps, fabric) - I'm just using sponge stamps and paint.

Materials Notes:  Most home improvement stores sell scrap wood at very low costs.  I've gotten scrap plywood for 50 cents each for other projects (and most stores will cut the wood to a desired size for you).  You can also purchase a fence post for about $2.00.

Step 1:

Take your piece of scrap wood, measure and cut it to the desired length for your closet coat rack.  I recommend at least 2' long so there is ample room for coat hooks. 

I used a jig saw to cut my wood because it's the only saw we have available.  Since I cut my fence post in half, I am making two coat rack closet organizers of equal length.

Step 2:

Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack - Paint

Sand the edges of your sawed edges if need be, then clean and paint the front, back and sides of your wood.  This is the base color of your do it yourself closet coat rack, so choose a color you would like to be dominant.  I had "Navajo White" and "Espresso Bean" colored paint left over from other projects for my closet organizers.

(You can also cover the wood with fabric instead of painting it - fasten fabric with staples or glue).


Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack - Decorative Accents

Step 3:

Decide what your decorative accents will be for your coat rack closet organizers; this can be a great way to add color to your closet design.  You can stamp or paint designs on the front with an accent color, glue on a decorative border, add ribbon or distress the wood.  Apply your accents and let dry.  I had some blue and green paint samples on hand from a project last month.  For my do it yourself closet coat rack, I painted on designs and used sponges to stamp the surface.


Step 4:

Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack - Hook Placement

After the paint is dry, turn the closet coat rack over so that the back side is facing up.  Use a measuring tape to determine even placement of at least two hanging hooks on the coat rack, I recommend placing them towards the upper left and right sides of the wood so that you can hang evenly on a wall in the closet.  With a drill or screwdriver, attach the hooks to the back of the unit.

My fence posts came out to be about 3 feet long each.  I used heavy duty ring holders for wall fasteners and attached them 3" from each end so that the "ring" was even with the top of the wood.


Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack - Hanging Hooks

Step 5:

Now it's time to add your coat hooks!  Take your hooks or knobs and determine their placement on the do it yourself closet coat rack with the measuring tape.  Again with a drill or screwdriver, attach your hooks.  Since I already had some wood drawer knobs l was not using, I painted them green and placed them on one of my coat closet organizers.  I also added proper coat hooks to my second closet coat rack for some variety.


Step 6:

Do It Yourself Closet Organizers Coat Rack - HangYou're done...well, almost.  Now all you have to do is hang your closet coat rack on a wall in your bedroom closet, hall or entry way for functional and colorful winter closet organizers!  I put two screws in my wall and simply hung my coat rack - the ring hangers I used worked great!

All Done!

You now own a home-made closet coat rack!  Hang up your coats, purses or scarves and enjoy your new do it yourself closet coat rack!  See, I told you, great closet organizers that are great fun!


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This is such a great idea!! My husband and I were just complaining how we don't have a coat rack or anything to hang stuff up in the entryway! I am so making this project this coming weekend! Thanks so much for this great idea and I sure would love to see more awesome ideas! I'm excited now I don't have to hire someone to build one for me! Thanks thanks thanks :)

Posted by sylvia garrison on Dec 30th, 2010
Coat Rack

This is a wonderful idea! I did it this afternoon and now have it hanging in my bedroom! Thanks! It was a wonderful project for myself and the family!

Posted by Heywood on Dec 30th, 2010

Thank you! This was a quick and fun project. I truly appreciate the kind words. I'll have more DIY projects for closet organizers in the future, so keep an eye out!

Posted by Tabitha Kokoska on Jan 11th, 2011
Great idea

This is a great and simple idea!

We featured this post on the Materials for the Arts blog:

Posted by MFTA on Jan 28th, 2011

@MFTA - Wow. Thank you so much! I'm checking out your blog and site now :) This project is so much fun, hope you get to try it!

Posted by Tabitha Kokoska on Jan 28th, 2011

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