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12 Fabulous DIY Coat Rack Ideas

As they say, home is where you hang your hat. However, that is assuming you actually have something in your home on which to hang it. But never fear, if you are without a hook or two, today is your lucky day; we have 13 awesome DIY ideas for hanging your hat, coat, scarf, purse, keys, and just about anything else you can think of! I hope your entryway is ready to get organized and fabulous!

The Coat Tree

Our first project, created by Lowes, is made by gluing two pieces of lattice together and bending them into the shape of each leg you see below while the glue is drying (using a simple handmade bending form). You may need a little patience and space to pull this off, but the result is worth the effort. It is so beautiful!

If you are going for the minimalist look in a coat tree, then I have the perfect DIY project for you. First, buy large wood dowels. Secondly, buy some rope, tie the dowels together, and stand them up in a spiral position. It is really that easy! And as you can see in this gorgeous DIY coat tree by Weekday Carnival, this DIY project adds a sleek sophistication and a pop of color to an entry.

Another simple yet stunning modern coat tree is this one, by CONCRETEHAUS. Okay, okay, technically this isn’t originally a DIY project but I think it would be an incredibly easy undertaking for someone to tackle at home. By either buying a concrete base or creating one in a homemade mold and inserting some wooden dowels, the result will be an industrial, chic, and simple coat rack.

Re-Purposed Objects

As a DIY addict, my favorite pastime (in case you haven’t already gathered from my previous posts) is creatively re-purposing an object into something completely different! Thinking outside of the box leads to some seriously inspiring results, and the next few projects are no exception. Take A Beach Cottage for example, who used a vintage oar with a few hooks as a rustic and striking coastal coat rack in her hallway.

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well, I am sure that the first man would be kicking himself if he knew that the second person would create this fantastic coat rack from his discarded headboard! Using a free headboard from the side of the road, Shannon Quimby crafted this eye-catching (and very practical!) coat rack and message center for her family’s entry hall with a few coats of paint (both chalkboard and wall paint) and some hooks.

Our next coat rack was made by Save It For a Rainy Day, who aged several yardsticks using various stains and glued them all together to create the back of her DIY coat rack. How adorable would this project be in a space for families or kids?! I love the vintage and playful charm of this handmade coat rack.

Have you ever been to a flea market and stumbled upon a giant box filled with miscellaneous drawer knobs? Well, next time you do, grab a handful of your favorites so you can create a DIY coat rack as stylish and pretty as this one, crafted by House To Home. It will add a eclectic and clever focal point to your entryway.

Since none of my DIY posts would be complete without some sort of great tree-inspired project, our next DIY coat rack is made of branches, quirky, fun, and FREE! After collecting some branches in the backyard and trimming them to shape with some pruners, Garden Therapy slapped some leftover white paint onto the branches and attached them to a recycled piece of wood to form a brilliant, natural coat rack.

You caught me… once again, this isn’t exactly a DIY project by origin but its simple design and streamlined look make it a prime candidate for DIY inspiration! Grab the old pegboard hanging out in your basement (or a recycled piece of wood and a large drill bit), a bunch of pegs with the bases cut at an angle so that they point upwards, and all of your favorite bright paints to apply to the tips of the pegs. I love the graphic, modern vibe of this beautiful coat rack, designed by We Do Wood and featured on The Improvised Life.

Let’s Have a Little Fun!

Let’s be honest: coat racks, while practical and necessary, are often quite ordinary and overlooked in the process of giving a room character. Thankfully, all of our DIY projects today have proven that that doesn’t have to be the case, especially our next few projects that add quite a bit of cheer and fun to a space. No buts about it (ha-ha-ha), our next coat rack would make just about anyone grin! Martha Stewart created this cute and clever coat rack for kids by stenciling animal… ahem… hind quarters onto a piece of wood and hand painting hooks to look like their tails.

When you think of a key holder, what object could possibly be a more literal and straightforward method of storage than the lock it belongs to? As an ingenious and humorous solution to frequently misplaced keys and a need for some hooks in the entryway, Kara Paslay Designs crafted this coat rack and key holder out of an old door jamb, deadbolts, and door knobs.

By handcrafting and designing your own DIY coat rack, you have the opportunity to let your coat rack make a statement in the room. Our next coat rack certainly does: “Hello!” Created by cross stitching this welcoming word into a white pegboard, Beci Orpin (project featured on Charlotte’s Fancy) adds a bright, fun piece of artwork (that doubles as a coat rack of course!) to her home.

Who knew coat racks could be so fantastic?! Have you ever created a DIY coat rack for your home? Share it with us in the comments below!

Erika West

I write for decoist.

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