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How to Build a Double Wall Mounted DIY Coat Rack

Are you looking for a simple way to hang your coats, jackets and bookbags? Our double wall-mounted hooks are the perfect solution that you can customize for your space.

DIY wall hooks with red mahogony stain

Our Entryway

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). 

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

Why build two sets of wall hooks?

Kids get bigger and they need more space. We decided to add hooks that were accessible to all. Now no one can tell you they can’t reach the hooks and put their stuff away.

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Recommended Supplies

Home Depot Wall Hooks used in DIY wall mounted coat hook

Other Hooks to Purchase

Here are some hooks that I would have considered depending on the finishes you have in the surrounding areas.

  • 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

Before You Begin

Determine Design

Determine the size of the coat rack you want.

Our Coat Rack

  • Is 36”s long x 7.75”s wide x 7/8”s thick.
  • Hooks are 8”s apart from each other for reference.
  • Determine the type of wood you want to use.

Tip For Picking Wood

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.

Poplar being measured for DIY coat rack

How To Build Wall Mounted Hooks

Step 1: Cut Two Boards To Size

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

Circular saw cutting poplar

Step 2: Smooth Edges

Smooth out any rough edges with sandpaper.

Sanding wood edge after cutting

Step 3: Apply Stain To Wood

Select a stain color. We used this stain color

Our favorite stain color: red mahogany on poplar wood

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

Stain supplies needed for staining poplar

Tips For Staining Wood

  • Place your wood on the sawhorses, then a 2×4, then wax paper over the 2x4s.
  • Wear latex gloves.
  • Open the stain and stir it (do not shake). Make sure you read the instructions on the stain.
  • Make sure you are doing this in a well-ventilated area as the stain has a mild odor.
  • Use a cut-up old tee-shirt or old towel to apply the stain.
Minwax Red Mahogony Stain applied to poplar

Step 4: Wipe Stain

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

Wiping away minwax stain color red mahogany

Step 5: Let Wood Fully Dry

Let the stain dry for 48 hours.

Red Mahogany stained poplar drying

Step 6: Add Poly

Select a polyurethane to use. We used a 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.

Tips For Applying Polyurethane

  • Wear latex gloves.
  • Use a 2” wide brush and brush on the poly.
  • 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
Better oil paints and stain brush applying satin poly

Step 7: Sand In Between Coats Of Poly

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.
  • After sanding take a damp cloth, with water, and wipe down the board.
Sandpaper used in between coats of poly

Step 8: Apply A Second Coat Of Poly

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

Optional Step

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

Step 9: Hang Boards

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

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

Drill Pilot Holes

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

Drilling pilot hole to mount coat rack

Make It Level

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

4 Foot Level on a wall hook board

Screw It Into Studs

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

Silver Wall hook on stained board

Step 10: Add Hooks (Hopefully Over Screws)

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

Step 11: Attach All Hooks

Repeat until all of your hooks are attached.

Special Notes

  • If you only plan on hanging coats, then you could use drywall anchors.
  • If you plan on hanging backpacks, then you need to have your coat racks hung into the 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.

Step 12: Hang Second Board and Hooks

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

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!

Tutorial FAQs

What type of wood should you purchase?

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. 

What if I am painting and not staining?

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. 

Why did we hang the boards first?

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 the 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.

How to determine height of second rack?

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.

Related DIY Projects Using Same Stain Color

DIY wall hooks with red mahogony stain

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

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