How to install a coat hook

Updated February 21, 2017

Installing a coat hook is a handy way to keep a frequently worn jacket or overcoat close at hand. It’s also convenient and thoughtful when guests drop by, perhaps even preferable to tossing their coats on a bed or chair.

Installing the right type of hook is a matter of personal aesthetics (you may prefer brass, plastic or vinyl coated) and the type of wall where you’ll be installing the hook. This article explains how to install a coat hook depending on the wall conditions. The type of hook you choose to hang is up to you.

Choose where you want to install the coat hook. The hook can be mounted in drywall, plaster, through wood panelling, inside a closet or armoire, on the inside of a door, or on a wall-mounted rack.

Drill a hole in drywall, plaster, or inside a door or armoire at the desired height for the hook. The hole should be 1/8-inch in diameter smaller than the diameter of the bolt or screw for the wall hook. This will ensure a tight fit.

Use a stud finder to locate a wall stud behind wood panelling, then drill for the coat hanger directly through the panelling and into the stud or use a heavy plastic wall anchor for mounting the coat hook.

Screw in the coat hook by hand or use padded pliers for the last few turns to secure the hook to the wall. Rotate hook so it is facing upward.

In wood panelling, insert a wall anchor, gently tap the anchor flush with the wall using a hammer, and screw the coat hook into the anchor, turning the hook upward when complete.


Use wall anchors in wood panelling or thin drywall to prevent splitting or cracking the wall.


Wear safety goggles when using power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Coat hooks
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Electric drill
  • Stud finder
  • Wall anchors sized to fit the coat hook(s)
  • safety goggles
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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.