19 Easy DIY Coat Rack Design Ideas

There are lots of things that you build by yourself and then use in your home. One example would be a coat rack. It’s a very useful and practical thing to have a home and when you’re building yourself you get to choose the dimensions, the design, the shape and to actually solve your storage problems since you know them the best. We have prepared a few design ideas for you to take a look at and maybe to choose from.


This is a coat rack that’s easy to do and can be done in a week-end when you have some free time. It uses actual hangers and this makes it both eye-catching and very versatile and functional. The hangers are mounted on a piece of wood that’s attached to the wall. The best part about using hangers is that the hooks can be turned any way you want. It’s a simple feature but it’s very practical as well.{found on alittleglassbox}.

Animal theme.

If you prefer something a little more fun and unusual, then take a look at this coat hanger. To make a similar one you’ll need toy animals, a small saw, glue, scrap wood and paint. First paint the scrap wood and then gather the zoo animals and carefully cut them in half. Arrange the animals on the wood block and mix them up. Use glue to attach them to the scrap wood and let them dry for about a day.{found on brightnest}.


A wood pallet would also make a great coat rack. Before you get to mount it on the wall and add the hooks you’ll have to paint it. You can select several colors and paint each section a different shade. You’ll get a colorful and beautiful coat rack which you can mount on the wall near the entrance or anywhere else.

Hooks From Faucets.

Here’s another interesting idea: use faucets to make hooks for your coat hanger. You can either buy them or use some that you already have and don’t need anymore. You can attach them to a piece of wood or to any other structure that could serve as a base for your coat rack.


For the children we have another fun design. It’s a Lego coat rack. It has three hooks and it’s made of several pieces that look like Lego pieces. They are brightly colored and they look both fun and functional. The hooks are great for hanging jackets, backpacks, etc. You can make the block by yourself or ask someone else to help.{found on site}.


A coat rack doesn’t necessarily have to have a strange or unusual shape in order to stand out. It can be very simple but also very bold. For example, this coat rack is made of a simple piece of wood and has a few hooks mounted on it. The wood has been painted with chevron stripes. It’s a quite simple process. You first have to paint the board a base color and then use a stencil to paint the contrast color.{found on The Sweet Survival}.

Animal templates.

Here’s another version of a coat rack with animal hooks. To make this one you’ll need a wooden board, sandpaper, primer, paint, animal templates, adhesive stencil film, patterning tape, hooks, screws and hanging hardware. First sand the board and then apply the primer and paint. Print the animal templates and cut a piece of adhesive stencil film and make two wide strips. Cut the animal shapes and then remove the templates. Adhere the pieces to the board and paint them if you want. Paint the hooks to match the animals.{found on marthastewart}.

Reclaimed wood.

This coat rack is made from a wooden pallet. You’ll need four pieces of the same length and then two more pieces for the back. Hammer them down and the coat hanger is almost done. Add some nails and the hooks and mount the coat rack on the wall. It’s very simple and it’s very practical.{found on kicards}.

Key holder rack.

This is another ingenious coat rack design. It features old door locks and knobs. They are mounted on a wooden board and they are perfect for holding your jackets as well as your keys. It’s a very clever idea and the design is both simple and playful. It would fit beautifully in almost type of home.{found on Kara}.

Letter coat rack.

This is a letter coatrack. To make it you’ll need wire cutters, wire pliers, heavy metal wire, coated telephone wire, tape and fishing wire. First decide on the message you wish to transmit and spell out the letters from one continuous piece of heavy wire. Then wrap the letters tightly in colored wire. Then decide how many hooks you’ll need. Wrap the wire from the letters to the wire on one of the coat hooks and use fishing wire to attach them.{found on ohhappyday}.


And here’s another interesting and ingenious idea. This coat rack is made from salvaged pieces of wood that have been put together to form a base. The pieces don’t need to have the same dimensions. Instead of hooks this rack features old door knobs and clothespins. If you want you can also add a few small hooks on the bottom that can hold the keys.

Insulator coat rack.

This is an insulator coat rack, another interesting idea for a design. To make it you’ll need a wooden board, a few insulators and pegs. You’ll have to support the insulators with pegs so first cut them to the needed length and drill a hole in each. Screw them to the base. Use glue to coat the bottom and top of the insulators and place on top of the pegs. You can use it indoors or outside.{found on creativelylivingblog}.


This coat rack has a very cute and playful design. It’s made of a simple wooden board with a smaller piece that serves as a tiny shelf for the toys to sit on. The toys serve as hooks. So first choose the ones you want to use and then arrange them on the board. When you’re happy with the arrangement, attach each toy to the board either with glue or with plastic straps.

Autumn Rack.

This is a stylish and chic coat rack. To make it you’ll need a piece of wood, knobs, screws, a screwdriver and some paint. First paint the piece of wood the desired color and let it dry. Then make light marks on the wood with a pencil. These will later show you where to place the knobs. Then attach the screws and twist the knobs onto them.{found on casasugar}.


These are a few modern designs with intriguing features. The coat racks not only look unusual but they also offer you inspiration for similar projects. The base for these coat racks are made of pipes or at least elements that look just like pipes. The hooks are faucets, all featuring the same design and size for a more cohesive and minimalist look.


Paddles make interesting decorations for a home. You can simply mount them on the wall and they’ll become an eye-catching feature. But you can also turn them into something more useful, like a coat rack for example, all you have to do is attach some hooks to the paddle and mount it on the wall. Be careful not to damage the paddle when you install the hooks.{found on abeachcottage}.


A similar idea would be to use skis. This coat rack would look lovely in the children’s room. Use one of their old skis to make the base for the coat rack and then attach some hooks. The hooks can be antiqued for a more nostalgic look. This design would also look good in the mudroom, entryway and basically anywhere else.{found on orvis}

Yardstick Coat Rack.

Lots of things can be repurposed and turned into a coat rack. For example, you could use an old yardstick. You should first decide on the size of the coat rack and cut the yardstick to the desired length. Then get some iron hooks and measure the distance between them. Attach them to the yardstick and also add some accessories or decorations if you want.{found on etsy}.


And since we were talking about vintage and repurposed features, here’s another interesting coat rack design. This one is made from an old window panel. It has been placed horizontally and mounted on the wall. Its worn look and aged finish gives it character. The hooks are simple and painted to match the base.

Published by in DIY Projects, on February 7th, 2013


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