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.