How to Make a DIY Coat Hook for Your Home

Are you tired of coats and backpacks all over the entrance of your house or hall? Tame this mess with this gorgeous DIY walnut hanger.

Sized to hang on wall nails, this 20-inch wide hanger is strong enough to hold three heavy winter coats or even a pair of light jackets plus a school backpack, while remaining firmly attached to the wall.

Inspired by an important 1957 Frank Lloyd Wright home in California, this elegant design is an elegant rhythm of squares and trapezoids. Against a long horizontal beam, its basic shapes are the perfect complement to other arts and crafts or traditional household items.

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You can finish this hanger in half a day, using the basic tools you already have. Walnuts or other hardwood options are preferred for both their stability and appearance. Since the amount of materials required is so limited, it should be possible, within most budgets, to purchase fine walnuts or other hardwood species. But if cost is a concern, you can use a softer, less expensive wood like Douglas fir or hemlock.


Since this hanger is designed to span two wall studs, it is best to stick to the width recommended in this guide. Do not try to secure the hanger to the wall with drywall fasteners.

Security Considerations

Sawing hardwood can be difficult as the wood is very hard and dense. Always be sure to wear eye and ear protection when working with wood.

Project Metrics

Working time: 2 hours
Total time: 3 hours.
skill level: beginner
Material cost: $ 40 to $ 60

What are you going to need


  • Electric miter saw
  • Beam finder
  • Electric sander
  • Fine-grained sandpaper
  • Cordless drill
  • Speed ​​square
  • Straight edge
  • Measuring tape
  • Fixing cloth or clean cotton rags
  • Forks
  • Laser level or spirit level
  • Latex or nitrile gloves
  • Pencil
  • Eye and hearing protection


  • Wood glue
  • Danish oil
  • Walnut or other hardwood board, totaling approximately 30 inches long by 3 1/2 true inches wide
  • (2) 2 1/2 in. Brass screws.
  • (10) 1/2-inch brass screws

Tips for making a DIY hanger

  • When working with hardwood, be sure to always use a sharp saw blade on the miter saw.
  • Also, all screws must be preceded by pilot holes.
  • Danish oil can penetrate clothing. Make sure to use the oil sparingly and rub it well into the wood.

Measure the plate in 20 inches

With the tape measure and ruler, measure 50 centimeters from the board and mark with the pencil.

Tip: Lightly mark the board with a pencil, as any marks left after cutting will need to be sanded.

Cut the board to 20 inches

With the electric miter saw, cut the board to 50 centimeters long. Be precise in your court. Set the cut board aside.

Measure hooks

From the remaining board, measure out three pieces for the hooks. Each hook at this point will be a rectangle 1 1/2 inches wide and as tall as the board (3 1/2 inches).

Cut notches in hooks

Stack the three hooks on top of each other and attach them to the electric miter saw. Rotate the saw to make a 45-degree cut.

Tip: Be very careful with this cut as the saw will tend to pull away from the material. Block the material with two-by-four pieces to keep it in place.

Coat Hook Notches - Close Up

The notches for the hooks should end approximately 1/2 inch from the end for a perfect replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's eaves design. Or you can experiment with different angles and find the one that works best for you.

Cut two 2-inch squares

From the remaining frame, cut two squares, each square measuring 5 x 5 cm.

Sand all parts

With the electric sander and fine-grit sandpaper, or by hand, lightly sand all the wood parts. Slightly rounded edges and corners. Do not over-round the wood as Frank Lloyd Wright designs are based on sharp edges and corners.

Tip: To sand small pieces, lay the sandpaper flat on the bench with the sand side up. Keep the sandpaper in place and rub the work material against the sandpaper.

One way to help keep the sandpaper in place on the table is to tape it down.

Clean with a damp cloth or a damp cloth

It is important to clean the wood before applying the wood finish. Wood dust and other debris embedded in the wood finish will ruin the texture. Sawdust soaked in polyurethane is especially harmful; sanding again is the only way to solve this problem. Use the preferred method of wiping with an antistatic cloth or the alternative method of using a damp cloth.

Tack fabric

Cleaning the wood with a flannel is the preferred method because it will not wet the wood. The beeswax soaked in the cloth collects the dust and removes it. Keep the pressure very light. If you press too hard, you risk pressing the wax into the wood. Be sure to unfold the cloth frequently to use a new section.

Damp cloth

As water can alter the cellular structure of the wood, the damp cloth should always be kept as dry as possible. Dip a clean cotton cloth in clean water and wring it out as completely as possible. When cleaning, do not press hard. Let the cloth glide slightly over the surface of the wood. Only slight pressure is needed to remove the dust.

Attach hooks to the table

All three hooks will be attached to the front of the shelf, positioned so that each hook is 1/2 inch above the top of the shelf. This overhang is necessary so that the coats and scarves have enough room to adhere.

Horizontally, the two outer hooks will be placed 1/2 inch inward on each side. The middle hook will be positioned exactly in the center. Use Speed ​​Square to keep the hooks perpendicular to the board.

Screw the hooks to the plate from behind

Flip the rack over so the back is facing you. Screw the hooks into place, using two 1 1/2 inch brass screws per hook.

Tip: With hardwood, always be sure to create pilot holes for the screws to avoid splitting the wood.

Add holes to hang the hanger

For maximum stability, the hanger should be screwed directly to the wall studs. Since the wall studs are normally 40 centimeters (in the center) of each other, drill two holes in the hanger 40 centimeters apart.

Glue the squares

The two squares are purely decorative, acting as a visual balance for the three hooks. Since they do not support any weight, you can glue them to the board without nails or screws. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto the back of the squares.

Secure the squares and let them heal

Place the squares equidistant between the hooks, aligned with the top of the hanger. Secure the squares. Let the hanger dry completely for at least two hours.

Apply Danish oil to the hanger

Danish oil gives hardwood a shiny, rich, natural look. Wearing latex gloves, apply the oil to the hanger with rags, rubbing the oil well into the wood. Leave the hanger in a dry, well-ventilated place for at least two hours to allow the oil to fully penetrate.

Coat rack for protection

Danish oil requires maintenance over time. Depending on how often you use the hanger, you may need to clean it with a fresh coat of Danish oil once or twice a year.

To avoid this maintenance schedule, finish the hook with a coat of water- or oil-based polyurethane. Water-based polyurethane cures faster and with less odor, but is less durable. Oil-based polyurethane is very durable, but it can take up to a day or two to fully cure.

Attach the hanger to the wall

Screw the hanger into the wall studs, using two 2 1/2 inch brass screws. Use the spirit level or laser level to make sure the rack is flush with the wall.

Tip: If you decide to extend your hanger beyond 50 centimeters in width, be sure to secure it to the wall at three or more points.

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