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Live.Laugh.DIY. How to Build a Statement Coat Rack

Clearly (because this is my second DIY coat rack post), I don’t have a coat closet in my home, so I’m always trying to find a way to keep the coats from piling up! Two years ago I built this free-standing coat rack that I pulled out in the winter and stored away in the summer. Recently, I was inspired to come up with a solution I’d be happy with all year long. I also traveled to Norway last May, so a lot of my home decor these days seems to be Scandinavian inspired! I used Pinterest to collect my thoughts and inspiration but made up the “how to” of this rack as I went along. It can be easily modified to fit any room, and I think a floor to ceiling version of it would look amazing!

Materials & Supplies: 

  • Multiple 1x3x8 ft boards (be sure to get the straightest/unwarped boards you can find).
    • Each 1x3x8 will make TWO vertical strips because they get stripped thin before installed to the wall. 
    • The number will depend on the number of vertical slats you want on your wall/rack. 
    • My rack has 11 vertical strips so I used SIX 1x3x8 boards.
    • You do not have to make your rack 8 feet tall. Use any length board you’d like to make the rack as tall or short as you’d like for your space!
  • Table saw (or circular saw) *If you don’t have a table saw, you can purchase any size boards you’d like a start at Step 2! 
  • Electric sander (or sanding block)
  • Wood conditioner
  • Wood stain (color of your choice)
  • Clear polyurethane 
  • Staining materials (such as rags or foam brushes)
  • Nail gun and nails 1.5 – 2 inches long (or hammer and nails 1.5 – 2 inches long)
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Hooks of your choice! These came with silver screws so I swapped them out for black screws. I also used a permanent marker to make the silver hinges black!
  • Drill and bits


Step 1: Cutting

Rip each 1x3x8 board in half on the table saw.  * If you don’t have a table/circular saw you can buy 1x2x8 boards (or any size you’d like) and use them without ripping them to be thin!

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Find straight/unwarped boards.


This is what my boards looked like after I stripped them in half. *I also clearly forgot to get a pic before testing stains!

Step 2: Sanding

Sand each board for a very smooth finish on all sides except the one side that will face the wall. 

Step 3: Prep

Wipe/vacuum all excess wood dust from boards. I often use a wet rag or tack cloth. 

Step 4: Staining

Follow instructions on the wood conditioner, stain, and polyurethane cans. Apply as many or as few coats as necessary to get the color stain you desire.



I used Minwax Special Walnut.

Step 5: Installing the first strip to the wall

To install the first strip vertically to the wall, use the level to make sure it is straight. I recommend starting in the center and working your way out, so the first strip installed will better the middle strip when your rack is completely installed. Use the tape measure to confirm it is as far from the ceiling and the floor as you’d like. I used an amazon box to line up my boards at the same height and double-checked that they were level. I likely would have needed a second set of hands without the box perch for my boards. When nailing the boards into the wall, nail at the top, middle and bottom. Also (if using a nail gun) aim the nails in at an angle because you cannot count on hitting any studs with this vertical coat rack. 


Step 6: Installing remaining strips to the wall

Measure from either side the gap you’d like to have between your boards. My gaps are ONE inch wide in between each strip of board. Continue to measure, level and nail into the wall. 



Step 7: Adding hooks

Determine where you’d like each hook to go. I used a level to make sure they were all at the same height. I also marked where each hole would be drilled with that specific hook in case they were slightly different from one another at all! 

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Drill pilot holes where your screws will go. You do not want your wood to split when you screw on your hooks. After your pilot holes are drilled, screw in your hooks! 


I added one hook at toddler height!



*As mentioned in the Materials & Supplies section, I used a black sharpie to make the silver hinges black!
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