How to Hang a Coat Rack

Written By: William Ferguson

Step 1: The right rack.

Racks vary in style, size and type. Racks can also come in metal, wood, plastic or a combination of materials. Once the proper rack has been selected installation can begin.

Step 2: The tools & supplies.

Screws are the recommended mounting hardware as they will allow the user to easily remove the rack should mistakes be made or the rack need to be removed later. It is recommended that installation not be attempted with nails.

Needed supplies and tools include;

  • Screw driver or drill. (Electric drill recommended)
  • Screws. (Approximately two inches in length, no greater or lesser in size)
  • Small to Medium size level.
  • Electronic stud finder.
  • Pen or pencil.
  • Tape measure.

Step 3: Locate the right place to hang the rack.

Coat racks like any wall mounted device need to be placed where the coat rack can actually fit and remain practical. This means away from swinging doors and in areas where the rack will actually fit or otherwise not impede travel throughout the dwelling. The tape measure will prove useful in this step as proper measurements will ensure the rack is installed in a good collection.

Step 4: Locate the stud.

For a coat rack to be secure it will need to be anchored into a stud. Studs are the 2×4 posts located beyond the sheet rock. A rack that is properly anchored into such a stud will be able to endure a much heavier load then one simply affixed to sheet rock.The stud finder will need to be press firmly against the wall, then engaged. An average stud finder will typically emit a loud BEEP once it has located a stud. The location of the stud then needs to be marked with the pen or pencil.

Step 5: The first hole.

For the pursue of this article it is assumed the rack is pre-drilled. If not, retailers such as HOME DEPOT or LOWES can offer such drilling services. However with a pre-drilled rack the first screw will be the easiest. No major leveling is required. The rack can be aligned with the naked eye over the previously marked stud point, drill through the rack’s pre-drilled hole and into the stud. If a screw is drilled into sheet rock the screw itself will often punch through the sheet rock and hit nothing. This is easy to tell as the screw will wobble after penetrating the sheet rock. If the screw strikes a wooden stud it will require much more force to drill into place and will not wiggle or otherwise move once tightened.

Step 6: Is it level?

The rack should be made as level as possible with the naked eye. Once completed, place the level atop the rack. Adjust the rack until the horizontal bubble of the level is completely centered. At this point the rack will be level and the remainder of the screws can be drilled.

Step 7: Secure the rack.

While ensuring the rack remains level, tighten the remaining screws. Depending on the length of the rack the level should be checked throughout the installation process. It is far better to take one step back or redo just one screw then to remove the entire rack and start over.

Step 8: Final check.

A final check of the level will need to be made. If everything checks out, the project is completed. If any concerns exist for the integrity of the rack revisit each screw for further tightening. This is where a screw driver can come in handy. Ensure each screw is tightened. If the rack remains wobbly, a stud may have been missed during the installation. Return to step 4 and double check the location of each stud.  

Step 9: Clean up and enjoy.

Clean up the mess and begin hanging up the coats.



Unconventional coat racks made with items around the home

Written By: Terri Mitchell

Every room of the home can benefit from a coat rack, and some spaces may require some clever tactics due to limited area or wall space. The type of coat rack may depend on these demographics, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add as much imagination and creativity to the endeavor as you wish. In fact, there are some truly unique styles of coat racks that can be easily constructed with materials lying around the home or yard already. Give some of these a try, and increase storage capacity and convenience in the home with these clever suggestions.

Natural look
Perhaps the most natural looking coat rack is actually a coat-tree, made from an actual tree branch or limbs. The manner of hanging these can vary depending on the space but simply mounting a hefty branch with firm limbs in a pot of stones or other filler will work. For those who want to hang heavy items from the rack, consider suspending a bare limb or trunk horizontally from clear thread or fishing line tied to screws or ring in the ceiling. This will allow for coat-hangers or added weight of draped clothing from the rack. Don’t want to go to all the trouble? Use pieces of branches, nailed directly into the wall, as hooks for apparel.

Vintage flair
There is a new fascination with some of the older, vintage door knobs found in thrift or antique stores, particularly the glass knobs. It is simple to create a useful coat rack from unique pulls and knobs, and little other materials are needed. In fact, securing the assorted knobs and pulls on the wall at varying heights will increase the utility of the space, while allowing you to choose the heights of the knobs for different family members. These are particularly clever when lined up low to the floor of a mud-room or foyer for the family pet’s collars or harnesses.

Kid friendly
Get kids in the habit of hanging up their items with some simple styles of coat racks made from fun, recycled materials. For instance, old skis or boat oars make wonderful bases to secure hooks or hardware from. Paint the base a bold color and then add brass or silver-tone hooks, knobs, or pulls to accommodate clothing.

Recycled style
Some unique variations of coat racks are simply re-purposed items from around the home. For example, a wooden ladder can become a handy and unconventional coat tree for a hall or a teen’s bedroom. Painted in bright colors, many will not even recognize what it is! Other styles may utilize scrap materials such as cement rebar; this makes a wonderful branching tree to hold coats in any space. The weight of the rebar provides stability, while it is easily painted to compliment the home décor. Other basic materials may include items such as plumbing fixtures, which can also be clever coat hanging devices. Secure handles, water shut-off knobs, and faucets to a block of wood to mount to the wall.

The beauty of these suggestions is that the materials cost little, if anything, and the labor is simple and gratifying. Completing clever, new coat racks for any room of the home is definitely feasible for a rainy afternoon stuck-at-home, or a great weekend craft project with the kids!

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