How to Build a Free Standing Coat Rack

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How to Build a Free Standing Coat Rack
Use a few simple tools to build a coat tree. (drill image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Coat trees are designed to provide a convenient place to hang coats, hats, scarves and other items that one might wear outdoors. Coat trees are oftentimes located near doors and entryways, however, they are also a welcomed addition to many children's rooms as a way of helping to control clutter. Various coat trees are available from different manufacturers in a wide range of styles and designs. Instead of buying a coat tree, why not try making one and expressing your creativity?

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 4-by-4-inch lumber (8 feet long)
  • Sandpaper
  • Metal coat hooks (4)
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill with bit
  • 2-by-2-foot plywood (1 inch thick)
  • Decking screws
  • Varnish or paint
  • Brush

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  1. 1

    Sand an 8-foot-long, 4-by-4-inch post with sandpaper. Smooth the surface of the lumber, paying particular attention to the edges. Begin with a medium-grit paper and finish with a fine-grit paper.

  2. 2

    Determine a mounting point on the post where the metal coat hooks should be installed. Use a pencil to mark a location on each of the four sides of the post where a hook should be installed.

  3. 3

    Drill a pilot hole with a drill and drill bit. The bit should be slightly smaller than the screws used to attach the coat hooks. Place the coat hook on the post and insert screws through the mounting holes. Tighten the screws with a screwdriver. Continue to install the remaining coat hooks on the other three sides of the post in the marked locations.

  4. 4

    Locate the centre of a 2-by-2-foot square piece of plywood that is about an inch thick. Mark the location with a pencil. Draw straight lines from one corner diagonally to the other to form an X shape at the centre. Mark a point on each line that is 1 inch from the centre point.

  5. 5

    Drill a hole through all five marked points that is slightly smaller than the wood screws you will be using to attach the base to the post.

  6. 6

    Locate the centre point in the bottom of the post. The bottom will be at the opposite end of where the hooks are installed. Place the 2-foot square base against the bottom of the post and attach with a decking screw. Align the base so that it is square with the post and use the holes as a guide to drill pilot holes into the base. Insert decking screws through the remaining four holes and tighten securely with a screwdriver.

Tips and warnings

  • Finish the coat tree with varnish or paint and allow to dry thoroughly before using.

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