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For a great home improvement décor, adapt common DIY hardware items for clever hooks and racks for your walls. Amaze your neighbors and friends with your creativity. We show you ten spur-or-the-moment inspirations.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Hammers make great hooks

I was shopping for unique hooks for our rustic cabin, and I was flabbergasted at the cost of the most interesting ones. Searching for cheaper alternatives, I cruised online and unearthed a heap of creative ideas. Then I rooted around in the old junk box and voilà—distinctive hooks with a real DIY feel. If you’re looking for a coat rack that expresses your DIY life, start digging and get creative! Here’s a gallery of new ideas to spark your imagination.

-Marcia Roepke, Art Director

Hitch pins

The hitch pins for light-weight towing bars make a lighter weight rack.

Antique doorknobs

Look for a variety of old doorknobs at antique stores and reuse stores.

Mason's trowels

An expanded wire lath background complements the décor of various styles of Mason’s trowels.

Valves and pipes

If you like a more commercial décor, visit the plumbing department for pipes and valves.


Change the hook size by screwing them open or closed.

Screws and blots

Mix and match large lag screws and/or carriage bolts.

Faucet handles

Faucet handles work well in bathrooms for hanging clothes and towels.


Cleats are small and inconspicuous and can be mounted almost anywhere on a solid surface.

Hand screw clamps

Hand screw clamps help create a woodworker décor and make strong racks.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Hammer
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Drill bit set

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