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
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Hammers make great hooks
Hammer coat rack
Mount hammerheads with a screw from the backside of the mounting board.
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 pin rack
Drill holes in a mounting board and drive the pins in.
The hitch pins for light-weight towing bars make a lighter weight rack.
Doorknobs are nice hooks for towels and clothing. If possible, mount them on old style spindles.
Look for a variety of old doorknobs at antique stores and reuse stores.
Mason’s trowel hooks
Mason’s trowels make heavy-duty hooks when screwed to a solid mounting board or wall.
An expanded wire lath background complements the décor of various styles of Mason’s trowels.
Valves and pipes
Valve and pipe towel rack
Make this rack fit anywhere by choosing various pipe lengths.
If you like a more commercial décor, visit the plumbing department for pipes and valves.
Glue the clamps into a groove cut in a cleat or mounting board. Use epoxy for a strong bond.
Change the hook size by screwing them open or closed.
Screws and blots
Screw and bolt rack
Drill pilot holes and drive lag screws and carriage bolts into a mounting board.
Mix and match large lag screws and/or carriage bolts.
Faucet handle hooks
Drill holes through a backer and attach the handles with their mounting nuts.
Faucet handles work well in bathrooms for hanging clothes and towels.
Screw cleats to any solid backing.
Cleats are small and inconspicuous and can be mounted almost anywhere on a solid surface.
Hand screw clamps
Hand screw clamp rack
Drill angled holes in a wide mounting board for the screw rods. Secure the clamps with screws driven from the backside of the board.
Hand screw clamps help create a woodworker décor and make strong racks.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.