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How to Build a Double Wall Mounted DIY Coat Rack (Detailed Step-by-Step Tutorial)

Wall Mounted Hooks for Coats To Help Your DIY Home Organization

We definitely have a theme going right now in our DIY projects. Organizing seems to totally be on our mind and the only thing keeping me sane right now. I don’t know about you, but it drives me completely crazy when everyone just throws their things in a haphazard pile in your door…


Yes, I am totally guilty of this as well. So we knew we needed to add extra places that we could actually hang our family’s belongings. Therefore, a double wall mounted DIY coat rack with hooks seems to be solving our problem. 

See how you can easily build this DIY coat rack and hopefully, things will actually end up on the hooks. 

Our closet turned entryway station has recently become flooded with our family’s bookbags, coats, sweatshirts, masks, and more. This was exactly the same problem we were having in our garage with shoes needed to be organized (you can see how we solved that one here). 

Our Entryway

When you enter our garage door, we have our basement door and laundry room to the side. Well, I love our house, one of the things I wish I could change would be the size of our laundry room. Since we can really only do laundry in that room, over time we have had to make do with space we have to create an entryway drop off spot.

Can you tell we needed more hooks and to reorganize this area! Trust me, now it looks much better!

Near the entrance to our garage entryway door, we turned a closet into a mudroom bench with built-in shelves. But we also realized we were running on hooks now that our children have more things that go along with them. Kids get bigger and they need more space. So we decided to add hooks that were accessible to all. 

Now no one can tell me they can’t reach the hooks…

We will see how this goes, but at least we now have more space. I love that the bottom wall hooks are a great place for bookbags and bags. You can walk in the door and just hang it right up. 

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Supplies Needed to Build DIY Coat Hooks

1” x 8” x 8’ Pine or Poplar Board Cut to Size

*We were able to get two coat rack boards out of one size

Circular saw (if cutting yourself)

Hooks (My husband loved the look of these simple hooks from Home Depot)

Other Hooks to Purchase

Here are some hooks that I would have considered depending on the finishes in the surrounding area. I wish I would have realized how different finishes would come back into style when we first starting doing DIY projects in our home. We normally feel we have to stick with a brushed nickel finish or silver finish since literally everything in our home has been slowly changed. 

Home Depot Wall Hooks used in DIY wall mounted coat hook

Can you say bye, bye 90’s brass doorknobs? 

And just like anything else by the time you start to get it almost done, new trends emerge. One day I will be tempted to completely mix metals. And if I were going to try, I would definitely consider these two different styles. 

Rustic Matte Black Hooks for a more Farmhouse look. You honestly won’t believe the price on this ten-pack

Decorative Brass Hooks from Target for a more sophisticated look.

Read More: 7 Amazing DIY Wood Projects Using Our Favorite Stain Color

How to build wall mounted hooks for coats?

1. Determine the size of the coat rack you want. Our wall-mounted coat rack is 36”s long x 7.75”s wide x 7/8”s thick.

Poplar being measured for DIY coat rack

2. Our hooks are 8”s apart from each other for reference.

3. Determine the type of wood you want to use.

***If you are going to paint the coat rack then you can use pine. This is the cheapest option. 

If you are going to sand, stain, and poly the wood you should use should be a nicer hardwood (which is more expensive). We used poplar wood since we knew we were staining the wood our favorite color.

4. Purchase wood pre-sanded from a local lumber yard or from a large box store. We always advocate going to the lumber yard, but sometimes you just have to get your wood from a large retail store. 

Circular saw cutting poplar

5. Use a circular saw to cut the wood down to the size you want.

6. Smooth out any rough edges with sandpaper.

Sanding wood edge after cutting

How to Stain a DIY Rustic Coat Rack?

If you are painting your wall hooks, simply prime your wood and use latex-based paint. You can find our process and materials we like for painting oak wood cabinets makeover or oak painting projects here. 

Supplies needed for wall hook racks

Stain color of your choice

220 Grit Sandpaper

Old T-shirt cut up

Polyurethane in the finish of your choice

2” brush (This brush was a great economical brush)


Wax paper

Old 2 x 4s to rest the wood on while staining

Mineral Spirits to clean brush

Latex Gloves

How to create a stained wood coat rack?

1. Select a stain color. We used this stain color

Our favorite stain color: red mahogany on poplar wood

Check out all the other times we have used this color as well. It really is our favorite! 

Screened-in porch tongue in groove ceiling

Pallet Wine Rack

DIY Art Displays

DIY Industrial Bathroom Shelves

Tip: The longer you leave the stain on the darker the color will be. 

Stain supplies needed for staining poplar

2. Place your wood on the sawhorses, then a 2×4, then wax paper over the 2x4s.

3. Put on latex gloves.

4. Open the stain and stir it (do not shake). Make sure you read instructions on the stain.

*Make sure you are doing this in a well-ventilated area as the stain has a mild odor.

5. Using a cut-up old tee-shirt or old towel to apply the stain.

Minwax Red Mahogony Stain applied to poplar

6. After appx. 10 minutes wipe away the stain with a clean piece of cloth.

Wiping away minwax stain color red mahogany

7. Let the stain dry for 48 hours.

Red Mahogany stained poplar drying

8. Select a polyurethane to use. We used satin finish. 

Semi-gloss /gloss etc. are some other options you may want to consider. If you want a more rustic coat rack, I would stick with the satin finish.

9. Put on latex gloves.

10. Using a 2” wide brush, brush on the poly.

Better oil paints and stain brush applying satin poly

Tips for using polyurethane: 

  • Light coats are better than thick coats
  • Make sure you brush the edges of the board after you do the top
  • Let dry for 24 hours

11. Once the first coat has dried use 220 grit sandpaper to “dress up” the first coat

  • This will remove air bubbles etc.
  • Don’t worry that the first coat will look white and powdery when done.

Sandpaper used in between coats of poly

12. After sanding take a damp cloth, with water, and wipe down the board.

13. Take a dry cloth and dry everything off. Apply a second coat of poly.

14. Repeat this process as many times as you want. The more coats of poly the more durable the finish will be. We did two (2) coats and have never done more than three (3).

One hook attached to coat rack before hanging

15. Measure and find the center of your board. We placed one hook already on and added the others once the board was mounted.

How to finish and mount a DIY coat rack?

So if you have noticed, we have not put the hooks on the board yet. After the board is mounted, then add the hooks. My husband did this because he wanted to try to hide the screws that are in the studs with the hooks (see the pictures below).

Due to where we wanted the placement of the wall hooks and where are studs are, one of the screws is pretty much hidden and one you can see next to the hook. My husband was able to fully cover the screws in hooks we did in our bathroom.

However, it is your decision to put hooks on first and then hang or hang the whole wall hook board. Both are pretty easy.

1. First, you have to hang the board. Use a stud finder to mark where you should be hanging the board.

Making sure pilot hole fits 4 inch screw

2. Drill pilot holes through the board. Making sure the thickness of the hole will support the 4” screw.

Drilling pilot hole to mount coat rack

3. Hold the board up with the level on it. Make sure the bubble is level.

4 Foot Level on a wall hook board

4. Have one person press the board into the wall, while the other screws into the studs. 

Silver Wall hook on stained board

5. Once the board is up, you can measure and mark where the hooks will go. As we stated before, the hooks went over the screw holes so that you do not see them. This helps create a finished look.

Drill screwing in home depot wall hooks
  1. Repeat until all of your hooks are attached.

Notes about mounted your DIY wall coat rack

  • If you only plan on hanging coats, then you could use drywall anchors.
  • Backpacks should be into studs
  • We used 4”s long screws due to the thickness of the board + drywall being 1 – 5/8” thick and wanting enough “meat” into the studs.

How to make a double wall mounted coat rack?

1. Before you mount the next board, determine the height. We used made sure that an adult sweatshirt could hang with the next row of hooks below. Our bottom row of hooks is for bookbags so this worked for us.

2. Use a 4’ level to make sure that your top wall hook and bottom wall hook are even.

4 foot level lined on top wall hook

3. Follow the above steps to mount your bottom DIY coat rack.

Adding hooks to the second DIY coat rack

Luckily, my family has already realized that they need to use this area!

If you like this DIY project, make sure to check out some other DIY projects that have helped us stay organized.

Hopefully, we will continue to keep our entryway organized with our double wall mounted DIY coat rack!

DIY wall hooks with red mahogony stain

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