4 Ideas For A DIY Coat Rack

From the classic pole coat rack to wall models, here are some interesting ideas for making a DIY coat rack based on your tastes and needs.

The coat rack is a functional element intended for hanging coats, hats, scarves and other clothes. Usually it is a simple object, as it must mainly fulfill a practical purpose, but if its design is well-finished enough it can also become a piece of furniture that can further embellish the home.

There are different types of coat hangers on the market , but they can be grouped into two distinct categories: wall hangers , which are fixed to the wall, and pole hangers , which can be moved freely around the house.

As mentioned before it is a simple object, and as such easy to make if you have the right equipment and a minimum of DIY experience; for all DIY enthusiasts, then, here are some cool ideas on how to make one, whether it’s a simple clothes rail or a wall mounted coat rack .

1.Chamber hanger

The modern hanger pole have the advantage of being able to be placed loosely within the rooms, and as defined are usually formed by a single pole equipped with a support base, and with the projections on the upper part, on which hang the garments .

There are also other types, however, such as the dead man used in the bedroom for example, or the clothes rack; the latter represents one of the types that is easier to make on your own, let’s see how.

The clothes rack , like most modern coat hangers , is quite essential and therefore particularly suitable for use in similar furnishing contexts. It can also be made with metal profiles but, if you are not familiar with welding, the best solution, and also the cheapest, is to use wood.

The material needed for this project are solid wood strips and panels, MDF or OSB according to taste. To get an idea of ​​the cost of the materials, it is enough to say that a 2-meter-long spruce batten with a section of 20 x 40 millimeters costs about 15 euros; a single MDF panel 1.2 meters long by 0.5 meters wide and 10 millimeters thick costs around 40 euros and an OSB panel of the same size, but almost double the thickness, costs even half: around 20 euros.

The cost of the materials is therefore very low; with three two-meter spruce strips you can obtain the main structure by creating upside-down V-shaped uprights that support the horizontal strip placed transversely. The MDF or OSB panel, on the other hand, suitably cut will provide you with two shelves to be fixed to the base of the V-shaped uprights; the panels will have the dual purpose of reinforcing the structure, while increasing stability, and of providing additional shelves where you can store shoes, boxes or hats.

2. Wall hanger

This type of hanger can be simple or complex depending on the case and the type of project to be carried out; as far as we are concerned, we want to provide you with two ideas that can be realized with minimal expense and, at the same time, have a great impact on home furnishings.

The first is to create a simple coat hanger panel made from a wooden panel, on which you will attach special metal hooks; if you manage to recover an old peeling wooden door, you can even make a vintage coat hanger at almost no cost.

The second idea is to just buy some metal hooks and fix them to the wall; if you are good at drawing you can create something unique, by painting a tree, a lamppost or other on the wall, and then fix the hooks near the branches or in specific points. In this way you will have the maximum of functionality and aesthetics together.

3. “Natural” hangers with bamboo

The simplest and cheapest of the ideas to be realized, however, is that of a “natural” coat hanger made with an ugly material that does not need further treatment: bamboo canes.

A pack of ten bamboo canes ranging in length from 180 to 240 centimeters and with a diameter from 18 to 22 millimeters, costs between 15 and 30 euros depending on the case. Furthermore, with an additional cost of 15-20 euros, you can buy a jar of transparent glossy varnish for wood to brush on bamboo canes. This is an optional intervention, of course, but given the negligible cost it is advisable to do so; in addition to increasing the aesthetic performance, in fact, it helps to ensure greater durability to the rods.

The latter can be assembled at will and without using screws, nails or glue, but simply by tying the joints with a strong string. Depending on the composition, you can create a simple vertical tripod hanger, or arrange several rods to form a very large mesh net, tie the crossings and then attach the grid to the wall and use it to hang hangers or attach hooks to which hang clothes; the possibilities are many, especially for a creative mind.

4. Recycled materials

By adequately exploiting the philosophy of recycling it is possible to make countless types of coat hangers, the materials that are most suitable for this purpose are old wooden planks, pallets, disused carpenter’s clamps, old sticks or garden tools, even brush handles and old unusable taps or disused cutlery can serve the purpose.

An old rusty garden rake, for example, can be removed from the handle, brushed, polished and then fixed to the wall; the handles of brooms or old garden tools that are no longer used, can be sanded and then used to create a clothes rail, while old taps can be attached to a wooden plank to hang on the wall and used as supports to hang clothing.

The recycling option offers several advantages, starting from the positive environmental impact up to monetary savings; the only limit, in this case, is the imagination as well as the availability of some essential tools, such as a table saw or a hacksaw and the classic set of screwdrivers and screws.

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