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When I went solo and started working as a private English teacher, my husband and I turned one of our rooms into a study room. The room has its own entrance, meaning that people arrive right from the street, so I needed a coat rack by the door where students could hang their jackets and bags. Eventually, I decided to make my own coat rack from fence boards. Why?

Budget-friendliness was a priority, as I was just starting out in my own business, and buying all the furniture, flooring, and paint, not to mention the entrance door (my poor wallet), was expensive enough. I looked online but wasn’t happy with the selection and the prices.

I also had specific needs. I needed it to be small as I don’t have much space on the wall, and I wanted to guard the wall from dirt too, so a couple of hooks on a stick was out of the question.

So that’s why I decided to make one myself. Now I’m going to share with you a very easy, budget-friendly way of making a sturdy coat rack from fence boards from scratch.

What you’ll need to make a wall-mounted coat rack from fence boards

Let’s get started with what you’ll need to make a budget-friendly coat rack. Whatever I could I used from leftover materials, so the only things that were newly bought were the hooks. Talk about budget-friendly! So these are the things I used:

  • 9 cm (3.5″) wide fence boards (pine in our case)
    • 70 cm (27.5″) long: 2 pcs
    • 30 cm (11.8″) long: 2 pcs
  • paint (I used chalk paint and varnish)
  • wood glue
  • 2 hooks
  • 3 cm (~1″) wood screw: 4 pcs
  • 2 screws with anchors for mounting on the wall
  • screwdriver (manual or a power screwdriver if you have one)
  • power drill
DIY red coat rack from the front

How to assemble the coat rack

Apologies, I didn’t take progress photos when I made the coat hanger, as I didn’t know I would start blogging one day. 🙂 I will try my best to visualize everything nonetheless!

Step 1 – cut the boards

Luckily, we had some leftover fence board pieces from when we’d had our fence made the previous year. Using a hand saw, my husband cut them to the right length. You can see that because the ends are a bit wonky, but you know what, it makes the hanger more unique. 🙂

The measurements I gave can be altered to your liking of course.

Before painting the boards, make sure to sand the ends, and if necessary, the whole surface.

Step 2 – paint the boards

As they were leftover pieces, the boards were already painted brown, but I wanted the coat rack to match the style of the study room, which is gray, white, and pops of red, so I decided to paint it red too.

I tried to sand down the brown layer but couldn’t as it’d been painted with wood stain which seeped deep into the wood, so I just painted over it.

I used chalk paint because I had it already from another DIY project. It needed several coats to cover the brown, though it still shows through a little. I also wanted the coat rack to be waterproof and durable, so I coated the boards with chalk paint varnish. It gave it a nice sheen, too.

How to make a coat rack from fence boards pinterest

Step 3 – glue the coat rack pieces together

You can skip this step, but I think it’s a good idea to glue the pieces together before screwing them too, as it’ll make the coat rack extra sturdy and the pieces won’t move around while screwing them together.

You can arrange the pieces in the shape you want on a table or on the floor. Don’t forget that the piece facing down will be the front of the coat rack.

I put the 2 long pieces down first, face down. I arranged them parallel to each other and shifted one a bit up by 7 cm (2.7 inches). The gap between the two long pieces is about 6 cm (2.3 inches).

Then, I placed the two small pieces on top, perpendicular to the long ones. The gap between the two pieces is 24 cm (9.5 inches).

You can follow other measurements, just make sure to make it symmetrical on the left and right, and on the top and bottom sides.

When you’re happy with the arrangement, mark where the short pieces cross the long ones with a pencil. In the picture below it’s marked with the yellow squares.

Then remove the short boards and glue the surface underneath. Then put the short pieces back, stick them together, and let the glue dry.

DIY coat rack gluing and screwing instructions

Step 4 – screw the coat rack pieces together

After the glue has dried it’s a good idea to screw the pieces together just to be safe. Either the glue or the screws would suffice, but better safe than sorry, right?

In the picture above I marked the place of the screws with white dots. You can place them elsewhere too, just make sure not to put them in the middle, because that’s where the hook screws will go.

So, from the back, through the short boards, screw in the shorter wood screws. This way they’ll be invisible from the front.

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Step 5 – attach the hooks

Now it’s time to turn the coat rack so that the front is facing up. Place the hooks in the middle where the top horizontal board crosses the long boards and screw them on.

Make sure that the hooks are symmetrical.

DIY coat rack hooks

Step 6 – mount the coat rack on the wall

First, you’ll need to drill two holes through the coat rack, one in the middle of each horizontal board piece. Make sure to use a drill bit that is thinner than the head of the screw.

You can use the holes you drilled into the boards as a guide for where you’ll have to drill the wall. For that, you’ll need another person to hold the rack in place on the wall while you mark the position of the holes. Insert a pencil, the lead from a mechanical pencil, or anything that fits through the hole and draw a dot on the wall.

Then, you can remove the coat rack and drill the two holes into the wall for the anchors. Depending on the wall (drywall, brick wall, etc.) you’ll need different anchors.

After drilling the wall, insert the anchors into the holes. Then position the coat rack on the wall again, and screw it on.

That’s it! Now you have your unique, handmade, sturdy coat rack from fence boards. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for other crafting hobbies, I have a fun recommendation for you to try. 🙂


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