Written By: Daniel Coble
In today’s world, everything is so easily damaged. So how do you hang a coat rack without damaging your wall?
To start off with, before buying a coat rack, you should know where you want to hang it and how much space you have in that area. You cannot wear more than one coat at a time, so plan on one hook per family member and one or two extra hooks for guests.
Once you know where you want to hang a coat rack, measure the space, especially if it is behind a door, in a tight space or in another, smaller segment of the wall. Generally, you should plan for your coat rack to be about sixteen inches long. You can find smaller ones if you need to, or there are some very creative ways to make your own if you have much spare time to do it.
After you have determined how much space you have for the coat rack, you should go and buy a coat rack that will fit in that space. You should always remember to read the dimensions on the box to make sure that it will fit in your designated space.
While buying the coat rack, you should also buy an electronic stud finder (if you do not already have one) and wall anchors for the drywall. These are very useful and will be needed for other projects that hang on the wall. Try to find wall anchors that are about medium in weight. If you go too light, you risk the rack’s falling and tearing up the wall in the process. If you go too heavy, you risk not being able to get the anchor into the wall.
After you have bought the coat rack and the stud finder, you should use the stud finder in the area where you plan to hang the coat rack. After finding the stud, all you need to do is center the coat rack with the stud, use a pencil to mark where the screw holes should be, and start drilling.
As you drill, the hole for the stud should always be a size smaller than the screw. All the other screw holes should be a size smaller than the wall anchors. Once the holes are drilled and are ready to go, you should install a wall anchor into each hole.
After the wall anchors are in place, you can begin to hang the coat rack. To do this, start with the screw that goes into the stud. Once this is in, begin putting the other screws into the proper holes, working from the outside in. As the screws go into the holes, the wall anchors expand, helping to keep the coat rack in place on the drywall.
Once you finish screwing the coat rack into place, it should stay in place. If you want to be certain, you can test it by pulling on it. If you feel it is starting to give, unscrew it, take it down, plaster over the holes, get some heavier wall anchors and put it up in a different section of wall. NEVER screw into a place you have removed screws from before because it can weaken the wall anchors and cause damage to the wall.