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Here you will learn how to make a coat rack for wall with this easy DIY coat rack tutorial. This reclaimed wood coat rack will add character, style, and storage to any room in your home.

DIY coat rack using reclaimed wood

This is the best DIY coat rack I have created. It can be made as short or long as you need. And I love that the cost is low but the style is high.

So, let's waste no more time and jump into how to make a coat rack with reclaimed wood.

DIY Coat Rack

You will need a few things to create this reclaimed wood coat rack. Gather these items to build a coat rack.


Before you get started measuring and such give the boards a good sanding to get a smooth surface. Do this step outside to keep down clean up inside after you are finished.

DIY coat rack sanding the wood

Measure the Wall

Begin by measuring the wall where you want the wall mounted coat rack to go. Write down your measurements

DIY coat rack begin with measuring the wall to cut the wood.

Find Studs

Next use the stud finder to locate all the studs in the wall. Mark where each stud is located above where the rack will be nailed into the wall.

You will need to know where the studs are for when you nail the board to the wall. This will make the coat rack more secure knowing the nails go into wood.

Find the studs in the wall when creating a DIY coat rack

Cut the Boards

Now measure and mark where you will cut each board.

Measuring wood for a DIY coat rack using reclaimed materials

My reclaimed wood already has the two pieces together. If you have two separate boards then I would recommend using some wood glue and gluing them together and then nailing some nails in the top.

Once your pieces are together and marked go ahead and cut them to fit the wall.

DIY coat rack project using reclaimed wood and a miter saw.

My wall has doors at the corners so I decided to miter the edge so it fit into the corner where the door trim is located.

DIY coat rack project using reclaimed wood and miter saw.

Level Each Board

Next use your level and draw a long line with a pencil where you want the bottom of the board to sit. I like to draw the line on the bottom because I am short and that way I can see the line when I place the board on the wall.

DIY coat rack project using reclaimed wood, level and pencil to mark the wall for the coat rack.

Nail Board into Wall

We are so close to being finished. Now place the board on the wall and make sure it is nice and straight with the pencil line that you drew from the level.

Start nailing finishing nails through the board and into the studs. Remember me saying to draw the stud lines above where the board will be placed. Now you can see the lines which makes it easy to nail in the nails.

DIY coat rack using recliamed wood a nail gun and hanging it in the laundry room.

This part reminds me of when we did the DIY farmhouse style wainscot or better known as board and baton in the kitchen.

Painters Putty or spackle

Grab some painters putty or spackle and fill in the holes from the finishing nails and anything else you want to hide.

DIY coat rack using reclaimed wood and spackling the holes


Now it is time to paint. If you have raw wood paint it with Kilz 2 or a good bonding primer. This will act as a barrier so when you paint on the top you will have a nice pure finish.

Painting a primer on reclaimed wood for a DIY coat rack project.

After the primer has dried follow with your first coat of paint. Depending on the color you may need multiple coats. I needed two coats of white paint.

DIY coat rack using reclaimed wood and painting two coats of paint.

I am painting my board the same color as my wall but if your board is a different color let me recommend you paint it outside before you begin or us painters tape.

Also, if you plan to do any distressing check out my bookcase makeover for tips on how to distress wood. Again I would recommend doing this part in the beginning and outside.


This is the fun part! You want your hooks about 6 inches apart or 7 1/2″ in my case. Measure the wall again to get a more accurate figure for how far apart each hook will be placed.

Place the first hook on the wall and mark the holes. Then drill a hole or hammer a nail into the wood to make a pilot hole where the marks are located and screw in the first hook.

DIY coat rack screwing hooks into rack.

Doesn't it look pretty!

Now all you have to do is screw in all the other hooks. A easy trick is to cut a piece of cardboard or something to place under the hook so that you don't have to measure out how high each hook needs to be position from the bottom of the board.

Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack

And now you have your very own custom coat rack. See how easy it is to build a coat rack.

DIY coat rack with a farmhouse vibe.


I hope you have enjoyed this DIY coat rack project. Here are few ideas on things you can put on the coat rack if you are using it for decoration.

Consider a hanging basket and fill it with seasonal flowers or you can hang hats, scarves, dried flowers and so much more. It also looks cute to add a bench under the coat rack. If you need more inspiration check out my mudroom laundry room round-up post.

DIY coat rack in a farmhouse vibe

In our house we need our coat rack to be functional so it will hold coats in the winter and beach towels in the summer. And on the other side of my built-in ironing board is an old ironing board that now has a place to hang.

I am so glad to finally get this old ironing board off the floor.

Thank you for visiting Life on Summerhill and I cannot wait to hear how your coat rack turned out.

Happy Decorating!

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Wednesday 12th of April 2023

How high did you place the reclaimed wood with hooks?

Linda McDonald

Monday 17th of April 2023

I placed the bottom of the reclaimed wood at 61 1/2" from the floor.

Tyree brown

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Where did you get the "Laundry" sign?

Linda McDonald

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

I got the laundry sign at Kirkland's several years ago. Here is a link to it.


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