My wife Desiree was looking to decorate the wall in our front entry and also wanted a place to hang coats for our guests. So I made this simple coat rack with a shelf.
I cut two 30″ lengths off a piece of 1×6 pine I had in the garage (the actual dimensions are more like 3/4″ x 5-1/2″ ) You’re probably thinking by now… Is there anything he doesn’t have a scrap piece of out in his garage? :) I ripped the top piece for the shelf down to 4″ with my table saw so our front door could open all the way without hitting the shelf (it would hit the door stop first).
On the top piece, I routered the front and side edges. I did this to round off the edges and give it a more finished look. I did the same for the bottom piece, on the lower and side edges.
I used some wood glue and finish nails to fasten the two pieces together. Then we spray painted it black.
I’ve notice they have decorative shelf corbels available in different sizes for sale in home centers and craft stores for around $2-$3. But we opted to leave them off ours for a more simple look.
I decided to mount the shelf to the wall with a couple of screws and figured out I could hide these mounting screws behind the coat hooks. I used a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall where I wanted to mount the shelf. (Whenever I hang ANYTHING on a wall, I prefer hitting a stud rather than just the sheetrock-even if what I’m hanging is not too heavy).
l was able to get one mounting screw into a stud. None of the other coat hooks landed on a stud, so I used a drywall hardware screw (like the ones shown in the picture below) for the other one. You put these drywall hardware screws into the sheetrock and then put a screw into them.
I attached the last two coat hooks to the shelf, hiding my mounting screws. When I was done my wife enjoyed decorating it with a picture, and other accessories. The coat hooks have been handy for:
- hanging our dog leash
- hanging different ornaments for the holidays
- hanging up coats of our guests that stop in
This was a simple project that helped us decorate the wall in our front entry and also serves a useful purpose.
DIY Material Cost Breakdown – Coat Rack Shelf
- 1″x6″x8′ pine $5
- wood glue and nails $3
- spray can primer $2
- black spray paint $2
- coat hooks ($3 each) $15