How to mount a coat rack

A well hung coat rack adds substance to an empty wall and reduces the clutter of coats strewn throughout your house. When choosing the height to hang a coat rack, you should keep in mind those who will be using it. If the rack will be used by children, it should be installed low enough for them to reach but high enough that the coats will not touch the floor. Coat racks can be mounted on any surface, including brick and drywall.

Determine the area in which you would like to install the coat rack. If you would like to centre the rack to the wall, measure the width of the wall, then divide the width by 2, leaving you with the centre point.

Measure the distance between the two keyhole anchors on the rear of the coat rack.

Place the rack against the wall in the location that you would like it installed. The keyhole anchors should be facing up. Place a mark on the wall above the first keyhole anchor to mark the first drill hole. If installing the coat rack onto a brick wall, plan to drill into the mortar, rather than the brick.

Measure the distance between the keyhole anchors. Measure this same distance from the first drill hole mark, using a level on top of the tape measure to ensure it is straight. Mark the wall in the location of the second drill hole.

Drill into each of the marked drill holes. Use the size drill bit recommended by the manufacturer of the wall anchors that you are using. If installing the coat rack onto a brick wall, use a mortar drill bit.

Tap or screw the wall anchors (depending on model and design) into the wall.

Screw the screws into the anchors or mortar. Allow the head of the screw to remain out of the wall.

Align the large opening on the keyhole anchors with the screw heads. Pull the coat rack down to lock the screws into place.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill with bits
  • Screws
  • Wall anchors
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.