Just when I thought I could not find easy woodworking projects I came across the coat rack. I believe everyone should own at least three of these things! For us it was more like five – but that’s because we have quite a few kids. This project is very basic, requires little effort, and the finished products are amazing.
Tools you will need:
Materials you will need:
2 ½ inch screws (3 per board)
Hooks – this will depend on how many you want per board/rack and how many racks you are making.
1×4 boards—the number of boards will depend on the number of coat racks you are wanting to make. Length is completely up to you. In our case we used (2) 4ft boards and (3) 6ft boards.
*Keep in mind if you want a natural look you need to ask the hardware store what type of wood would be best. We wanted to paint ours, so we went with Poplar which was recommended to us. *
We started my sanding our boards with the sandpaper. Since I let the kids help out with building their own, this took a little bit longer than if I had been doing it alone. Our smaller two needed a little extra help, but they loved that they were getting to be involved in the project so the extra time was worth it.
The second thing we did was prime our boards. The younger ones sat this part out. Our older two and myself did the priming. After the primer dried we painted the boards. Each child had picked their own color. The younger ones painted theirs with a little help from us. We then set the boards out to dry for a few hours. A few of the colors chosen by the kids needed a second coat so keep that in mind if you want to paint yours. Those two had to dry an extra few hours so that needs to be taken into consideration as well in regards to how long the project takes.
Once everything was dry we marked where we wanted to place our hooks. Some kids wanted four hooks, one wanted two hooks, one wanted three hooks, and I placed three on my personal rack. Once we had marked our spots we added our hooks.
We then placed a screw at the top, in the middle, and towards the bottom of our racks. We left the back of the screw sticking out a little so we could mark where we were hanging them.
We double checked with a level to make sure we were hanging them straight. You have the option of then screwing the boards into a stud or pressing a tad bit on the board to so the screw leaves and impression. This way you know where to place the drywall anchor screws.
If you decide to go with the drywall anchor screws simply screw them in place (where you left the impression) and place the board and screw on top and finish screwing in your screw. If you are using the stud simply place the rack on the wall and finish screwing in the screw to the wall.
Once you complete those steps your rack is ready to be used. I really wish I had come across something like this a long time ago. It has been wonderful and the kids no longer have issues “finding” their coats!