How to remove a wall coat rack

Written By: Vanessa Wade

Mounting a coat rack on a wall can be a complex task. The weight of the coat rack, finding a stud or two and whether the wall you are planning to hang it on is drywall,
concrete or plaster are just some important things to consider. Any misstep can lead to a damaged wall. Removing a wall coat rack can be even more challenging, and may also damage your wall if done incorrectly. Here is a way to properly remove a wall coat rack and easily conceal the holes made.


Finding the right tools


The key to successfully removing a wall coat rack is making sure you have the right tools. You will need:


  • screwdriver
  • clean cotton cloth
  • needle-nose pliers
  • utility blade
  • wall putty
  • putty knife
  • sandpaper
  • paint
  • paintbrush


The removal process


1. Using a screwdriver, carefully remove the screws on the coat rack. If the rack is heavy, you may need someone to keep the rack steady to prevent it from falling.


2. Discard or set aside the screws and dismounted wall coat rack.


3. Remove all dust and small particles around the wall anchors using a clean cotton cloth. Meticulously rub the area in a circular motion.


4. Grab the edge of the wall anchor’s head with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Bend and pull the head gently towards you using a slight rocking motion. You need to apply just enough pressure to loosen the wall anchor head. Pull the anchor head out about 1 millimeter. Take care not to pull the anchor head out completely to avoid causing damage to your wall.


5. Place the utility blade behind the loosened anchor head. From there, carefully cut towards the head. Use short, left-right movements in a downward motion as you cut.


6. Once the anchor head has been removed, place a flat head screwdriver across the opening of the anchor. Tap the end of the screwdriver with a hammer. Keep tapping until you hear the rest of the anchor fall down behind the drywall.


Filling the holes


1. With your hammer, lightly tap the empty hole to flatten any parts protruding from the wall. This helps avoid having bumps on your wall. Cut off any rough or splintered edges with a utility knife.


2. Place a small amount of wall putty on the edge of a putty knife. Drag the putty knife over the hole in an “X” pattern to fill it. Continue dragging until the hole is completely filled in. Smooth the edges with your putty knife. Allow the putty to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


3. Once the putty is dry, take the sandpaper and gently sand away any excess materials until the area is completely smooth. With a clean dry cloth, wipe over the area to remove any dust.


4. Paint over the hole with a paint that matches the surrounding wall. Apply with steady strokes to avoid creating an uneven surface.


While it is optional, it is recommended you wear rubber gloves when working with
sharp objects. This can help prevent you from accidentally cutting yourself.

Three Reasons to Not Buy a Wall Coat Rack

Written By: Rachael Merilatt

There is no greater reward than walking through the front door after a long, tiring day and ceremoniously placing one’s coat on a rack. Wall-mounted coat racks, while seemingly more efficient and sturdier than their standing counterparts, may come with their own set of troubles, like a frustrating installation, lack of mobility, and wall damage, which are definitely unwelcome.

Read the top three cons of hanging a wall coat rack before making a purchase.


Only DIYers Need Apply


While hanging a wall coat rack may seem simple enough, it requires installation from a professional or an intermediate level of do-it-yourself experience, which some may not have. In a nutshell, hanging a wall coat rack calls for locating a stud in the wall when the desired hanging location has been found — which can prove difficult without the aid of a stud finder. And even when it is located, there are several more steps to go before the rack is properly installed, like drilling holes, inserting screws and drywall anchors and making sure it is level and sturdy. This is an exciting afternoon task for the earnest DIYer, but virtually a nightmare for anyone else.


It Can Cause Damage If Not Installed Properly


The proper installation of a wall coat rack goes beyond the aesthetic appeal. When coats, book bags, purses and other common household items are hung onto a rack, they add weight to the drywall anchors holding the rack in place. If the installation was not done properly, the extra weight from these items pull on the anchors, pulling the anchors from the wall itself. When this happens, the drywall may be damaged, and repairs could prove difficult and costly, depending on the severity of the damage.


Removal Can Be a Pain


A perceived convenience of a wall coat rack is its handy location, often close to door entrances so coats and other personal effects can be taken or put back. While removing a hanging rack is not impossible, it is somewhat of a hassle to remove if plans to remodel either the structure or decor of a home are in the works. Once the rack is removed, the holes from its installation remain in the wall and must either be covered with plaster and painted over or be replaced with other items, such as plaques or framed photos.


Although standing coat racks may lack the visual appeal of a wall coat rack, they provide a reliable, hassle-free experience for hanging up personal items. Standing coat racks are often pre-assembled or come with detailed, simple instructions for assembly that anyone can do regardless of home improvement experience. Best of all, standing racks can be moved to any desired location.

If a wall coat rack is still preferred over a standing rack, one can prepare for the installation by having all necessary tools on hand and the proper experience, or a professional installation. Precautions can be taken when both installing and removing the wall coat rack to avoid wall damage, and a plan to repair damage if it occurs should be in place.





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