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Create a Sleek and Simple Coat Rack and Hat Rack

Updated: Mar. 22, 2023

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

a hat and coat hang from a wood coat and hat rackFamily Handyman
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.

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Build and install the coat and hat rack

Photo 1: Position the racks

Drive your screws partway into each board so the screw tips poke out the back. Place the boards where you want them, and press hard to mark the spots for your drywall anchors.

Photo 2: Install drywall anchors

Screw your anchors into each marked spot and then attach the boards.

Photo 2A: Drywall anchors

These anchors are quick and easy to install.

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.

Required Tools for this coat and hat rack project

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

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

Required Materials for this coat and hat rack project

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

  • 1x4 board
  • Drywall anchors
  • Hooks
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Sandpaper