How to install coat hooks on doors

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How to install coat hooks on doors
Find a place for your coats by fitting door hooks. (Getty creative)

Hooks on the back of a door give you additional space to store coats, dressing gowns and towels. They keep these items from cluttering your closets and ensure they're always close at hand. Hanging a door hook is a simple job -- even if you have hollow doors -- and you can complete it in half an hour. Fit a hook today and make your home tidier with perhaps the simplest storage solution ever invented.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Drill
  • No. 6 drill bit
  • No. 6 wall anchors
  • Door hook
  • No. 6 screws or 13mm (1/2-inch) self-tapping screws for solid doors
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet

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  1. 1

    Tap the door with your knuckles. If it makes a deep sound then it is probably hollow and you need to use hollow wall anchors to secure the fixing screws. If the door is solid then you will not require these.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of the door using the tape measure. Divide this number by two to find the middle point. Measure across the door to the middle point and make a spot with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Hold a spirit level vertically against the spot and draw a 15 cm (6 inch) line through the pencil mark. Measure the desired height for the hook from the bottom of the door and draw a 5 cm (2 inch) pencil line horizontally through the first line.

  4. 4

    Hold the hook against the door to centre it over the pencil cross. Push the tip of the pencil through the hook's fixing holes to mark their position on the door.

  5. 5

    Drill holes in the door using a No. 6 drill bit at the pencil points. Do not drill any holes if you are working with a solid door. Hollow doors have a skin around 3 mm (1/8 inch )thick, so drill only through the skin the hook is to be mounted upon. If your drill has a depth guide, set it to 6 mm (1/4 inch).

  6. 6

    Insert No. 6 hollow wall anchors into the drilled holes. Use a rubber mallet to tap them flush to the surface of the door. Hold up the hook and affix it to the door using 13 mm (1/2 inch) No. 6 screws. For a solid door use 13 mm (1/2 inch) self-tapping screws and drive them in with an electric screwdriver. Erase any pencil lines still visible.

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