Create a Sleek and Simple Coat Rack and Hat Rack

Build this rack from a 6 ft. 1x4 and coat hooks

Clear up entryway clutter with a simple coat and hat rack that you can build in about an hour. Use the types of hooks that fit the items you want to hang.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Build and install the coat rack

Organize your hallway or mudroom with this simple, attractive coat and hat rack. You just cut the boards to fit your space, paint them, outfit them with different kinds of hooks to suit your needs and then screw them to the wall. We used 6-ft.-long 1x4s, but use whatever length works for you and the space available. We chose poplar, which is the best choice if you want a painted finish. If you're after a natural wood look, choose any species you want.

Finish the boards first and then attach your hooks. We used drawer pulls down the middle and a robe hook near the top to hold backpacks and larger items. You'll find hooks in a tremendous range of styles, colors and prices at hardware stores and online retailers.

Attach the boards to studs, or to the drywall with screw-in drywall anchors (E-Z Ancor is one brand). Drive three screws in each board: one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom. Now you have a great place to hang your hat.

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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.

  • Circular saw
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Level
  • Paintbrush

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1x4 board, 6-ft. long
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Hooks
  • Drywall anchors