How to make coat stands

Updated March 23, 2017

Coat stands have been popular options for hanging clothes for decades. Most homes before the turn of the last century were built with limited wardrobe space. Clothes often had to be stored in heavy trunks or massive armoires, but coat racks were handy, inexpensive, and easy to move. Because of their versatility, coat stands are making a comeback. They are ideal for areas with limited space, such as studio flats. Freestanding coat stands offer inexpensive storage without taking up additional floor space.

Lay the 30 cm (1 foot) long 5 by 30 cm (2 by 12 inch) pine board on your work surface. Place the best looking side of the board face down. Measure to find the board's centre point and mark the spot using a pencil. This board is the coat stand base.

Drill a circular indentation at the board's centre mark, using a drill and 2.5 cm (1 inch) spade bit. Using a pencil, Mark the centre point of the indentation.

Drill a hole completely through the wood piece at the indentation's centre mark, taking care not to drill into your work surface. The result is a smooth, straight hole all the way through the board.

Measure and mark the centre point of the base end of the 1.8 m (6 foot) long pine post with a pencil. Drill a 5 cm (2 inch) pilot hole at the centre mark, using the 5.25 mm (7/32 inch) bit. If the finial has an inset screw, use a matching bit to drill a 2.5 cm (1 inch) pilot hole on the post top to accommodate the finial. The staff at the DIY centre will provide information regarding required bit size. A finial is a decorative wood ornamental piece.

Decide the placement of the four brass wardrobe hooks. One hook goes on each of the four post sides, but the positioning is a personal preference. Indicate the spot for each hook with a light pencil mark. Using the 2.25 mm (3/32 inch) bit, drill a 6 mm (1/4 inch) pilot hole at each marked point. Use the screwdriver to attach the hooks and accompanying screws, following the hook manufacturer's instructions.

Sand the board, post, and finial surfaces with 60-grit sandpaper, followed by 150-grit sandpaper, until the surface is smooth.

Using a paintbrush, apply one coat of golden oak stain to the base, post, and finial. Follow the stain manufacturer's directions. Let the stain dry completely.

Attach the coat stand base to the post by threading the 8.7 cm (3 1/2 inch) long hex lag screw through the hole in the base underside and up into the post bottom pilot hole. Tighten the screw using a socket wrench. Make sure the post and base are firmly together and balanced.

Insert the finial's inset screw into the post's top centre pilot hole. Tighten securely. If the finial has no inset screw, glue it squarely on the post top, using wood glue as per the glue manufacturer's package directions.


All items needed for this project are available at DIY centres and hardware stores. The staff will be able to answer any questions regarding the use of products and tools. Other softwoods, such as fir, cedar and redwood, can be substituted for pine, if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Pine board -- 30 cm (1 foot) long, 5 by 30 cm (2 by 12 inches)
  • Pine post -- 1.8 m (6 feet) long, 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inches)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Spade bit -- 2.5 cm (1 inch)
  • Drill bits -- 7.5 mm, 5.25 mm, 2.25 mm (5/16-inch, 7/32-inch, 3/32-inch)
  • Decorative wooden finial with 10 cm (4 inch) base
  • Brass wardrobe hooks and accompanying screws (4)
  • Sandpaper -- 60-grit, 150-grit
  • Paintbrush
  • Golden oak wood stain -- 227 g (8 oz) can
  • Socket wrench with 13.5 mm (9/16 inch) socket
  • Hex lag screw -- 9 mm (3/8 inch), 8.7 cm (3 1/2 inches) long
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood glue
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