D.I.Y. coat rack


Project Overview

Bunnings magazine, July 2019

Not just a handy rack for your hallway, this coat rack can make like a feature piece when you and your guest enter your home.


Photo credit: Brigid Arnott

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Make the hooks
2 Measure and mark
3 Connect the hooks
4 Make a backing board
5 Drill the holes
6 Attach the backing board
7 Mark space for the shelf
8 Position, attach and sand
9 Mount the coat rack
  • Step 1. Make the hooks

    Set a mitre saw at 15° to trim the end of the dowel at an angle.

    Tip: While you could make the cuts using a mitre box with a hand saw, a mitre saw will result in much faster, more accurate assembly.

  • Step 2. Measure and mark

    Measure and mark the dowel 50mm from the longest point and cut at 15°, repeating to make six hooks.

  • Step 3. Connect the hooks

    On the end-grain of each hook, measure and mark the centre then use the drill with a 2.5mm bit to drill 10mm-deep pilot holes.

  • Step 4. Make a backing board

    To make the backing board, on the 90mm pine, mark 30mm along one side as the base, then measure and mark six evenly spaced points beginning 50mm from the ends.
  • Step 5. Drill the holes

    Use the 2.5mm bit to drill 10mm-deep pilot holes at the marked points, angling the drill downwards to make the holes at an approximate 15° angle.

  • Step 6. Attach the backing board

    Use the drill with a driver bit to drive 40mm screws through the pilot holes in the backing board to protrude by about 2mm, then line up the holes in the hooks and finish securing the screws
  • Step 7. Mark space for the shelf

    To attach the top shelf, mark 10mm along one side of the 65mm pine. From one end, measure 150mm, 300mm, 300mm and 300mm to drill pilot holes using a 2.5mm bit.

  • Step 8. Position, attach and sand

    Position the top shelf against the backing board, checking the edges are flush, and use the drill with a driver bit to secure through the pilot holes with 40mm screws. Lightly sand all over using 180-grit abrasive paper and block.

    Tip: To finish the coat rack, brush on two coats of a clear timber varnish.

  • Step 9. Mount the coat rack

    To mount the rack, locate wall studs and use a spirit level to mark out and install plasterboard screws. Hold rack against the screws to transfer the positions on the back, and install keyhole hooks.

Tools and Materials


  • Safety equipment
  • Mitre saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker pen
  • Cordless drill
  • 2.5mm drill bit
  • Driver bit


  • Sanding block with 180-grit abrasive paper
  • 50mm paintbrush
  • 1.2m length 25mm pine dowel
  • 1.2m length 90mm x 18mm dressed pine
  • 8G x 40mm timber screws
  • 1.2m length 65mm x 18mm dressed pine
  • Clear coat varnish

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