DIY Coat Rack for Open Space or Closets

Easy DIY Coat Rack for open spaces or existing closets. #DIYorganizing #DIYCloset #DIYcoatrack #homeorganization #organizedhome

Living in Wisconsin, having a place to hang coats for 9 months out of the year is important. You will not walk into my house and find coats, purses, or backpacks hanging on kitchen chairs or thrown on the couch. That. Drives. Me. Nuts. 

When we originally built our house, the area above was supposed to be a coat closet. I did not like the idea one bit. Closets are dark, become messy, and things tend to get lost in them. So at the last minute we decided to leave it an open space.

Easy DIY Coat Rack for open spaces or existing closets. #DIYorganizing #DIYCloset #DIYcoatrack #homeorganization #organizedhome

For years the space had a shelf unit with coat hooks and a matching bench underneath. Problem was, the unit only had 3 hooks and the shelf was pretty much useless. Plus the bench was small and there was lots of wasted space. I found it to be more decorative than anything and it has since moved into it's new home in my office (image above). 

We need lots of hanging space for coats and purses not only for our family, but for when the kids have friends over or when we have family and friends over for birthdays and holidays. The solution I came up with was taking simple 1x4 boards, cutting them to size, and then screwing them to the studs. It's a simple solution as well as frugal. 

Easy DIY Coat Rack for open spaces or existing closets. #DIYorganizing #DIYCloset #DIYcoatrack #homeorganization #organizedhome

We went with a double layer coat rack because it allowed us to get more hooks into the space. We made sure to alternate the hooks so when coats or purses get hung up, they would not overlap. Now when we have a big crowd over, everyone's coats and purses get hung up and everyone knows where to find their stuff. 

Easy DIY Coat Rack for open spaces or existing closets. #DIYorganizing #DIYCloset #DIYcoatrack #homeorganization #organizedhome

Since this back hall leads right into my farmhouse style kitchen, we used cedar boards with the rough side out stained with Minwax Classic Gray to resemble the barn wood I have in the kitchen. I wanted all of the boards to be uniform in shape and size and with barn wood, that can sometimes be difficult. 

I use baskets on some of the hooks for items like sunglasses and miscellaneous things. 

This style coat rack could also be done inside of an existing closet and would probably create a more organized space for hanging things than the traditional style closet.

If you are in need of more hanging space, this is an easy project that doesn't take any sort of carpenter skills. Just measure the area, cut your boards to size, and screw them right into the studs on the walls. Attach the coat hooks to the board AFTER the boards are attached to the walls because this way you will have a better idea of how to space the hooks and if the hooks will be in the way of something like a light switch. 

1.0   Miranda @ Someday Crafts
8/31/2014 10:57:53 PM
I love all the space in your new coat rack! It's a little much for our family right now, but I imagine someday we'll need that much space. I'll be sharing your coat rack over at Someday Crafts tomorrow.
  1.1   Rose
9/2/2014 8:02:34 PM
Thanks so much Miranda!
2.0   Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
9/2/2014 10:54:52 AM
This is a great idea! I really like that you put it all the way around the walls. Such a cheap project, too! I love how it came out! Visiting from Busy Monday. :) Also, we'd love for you to link up at our party Motivational Monday as well!
3.0   Diana Rambles
9/4/2014 4:04:10 PM
Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
4.0   Erin
9/5/2014 10:11:59 PM
Found your blog on the Wow us Wednesday link party. Great idea- pinned it and started following you on Google +. Erin
5.0   Cassie @Kent Heartstrings
9/7/2014 9:48:47 AM
Love this idea! Great use of the space! Thanks for linking up at Motivational Monday!
6.0   Ronja Lotte
9/7/2014 4:49:49 PM
One can never have enough hooks! Great work! Greetings, Ronja Lotte (
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