What To Do With All Those Coats?

Well, even though it’s not super-freezing here……we do need jackets and the occasional heavy coat :)
So, since our kiddos are too little to hang their coats and jackets in the closet, and we always come in the house from our garage……
We needed something to go in that hallway after coming in the garage (via the laundry room), that was easy for the kiddos to use too. (no more piles of coats in front of the front closet alllllll thhhheeeee wwaaayyyyyyy by the front door!)
(Sorry about the pics of the coat racks……this is a part of the house that DOES NOT get much natural light.)
Therefore, I made a few of these very cute, but simple coat racks to hang on the wall in the hallĀ  (hey, that rhymes :).
Our hall isn’t very wide, so I needed something that could go on the wall, so sadly no adorable standing coat rack or bench/coat rack thingy.
But, this is super easy to make and is inexpensive to boot.
Just cut some wood to whatever dimensions you need/want (mine are 22″ long and 3 1/2″ tall). I had hubby route the edges on these, but just a plain piece looks totally cute too!
Paint it and distress the edges, if you like. Then, lay out the hooks and drill some pilot holes to make them easier to screw on. Your pilot holes can just be small.
*Pilot holes are just small holes you drill into the wood to help guide the screws as you screw them into the wood. It also helps relieve stress on the wood while the screws go in and prevents the woods from cracking under the pressure*
Trust me……it’s worth the extra few minutes to drill the holes versus possibly ruining your whole board and having to start over….I know from experience :)

I got my hooks at Home Depot for $1-$2 bucks each…..but you could also look for old ugly coat racks at your local thrift store that still has good hooks you could take off and use.

Now, attach the hooks and hang your pretty, but oh-so-useful coat rack.

I made one for “big people coats” and one for our “little ones coats” to make it easy for them to put theirs away (just one LESS thing I have to do in the winter months).
Have fun!
About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. I had my husband make two like those for our family room because the coat closet is next to the front door and we come in the side door. One is behind the side door and loaded with jackets, backpacks, diaper bag/purse, and library book bag.
    The other one is above the toys and holds other bags with little toys that don’t get played with when smaller kids are awake or over to play.
    Our coat racks have six hooks that are double (one big, one little.) I love it.

  2. great job…simple, nice and very useful. My husband and I just made a coat rack and floating shoe racks…just need longer screws for the shoe racks…should have everything mounted tonight. I’ll be posting on my craft blog if you’d like to check them out tomorrow.

  3. great idea…love how they are distressed, too!

  4. Thanks! I’m going to make something similar for hand towels in the bathroom. My kids pull them down to dry their hands, then leave them on the floor because they can’t reach to hang them back up!

  5. What a great idea! We have some old coat racks that I should spruce up before we remodel the house. Thanks for the fun idea!

  6. So crazy, I’m about to do this on my wall as well. I have the boards and the hooks ready to go. What is the best way to attach it to the wall? How did you do it?

  7. Nice post! I recently did a hallway fix-up myself. When we moved into our new house last June, the kitchen was very, very country (apples, hearts & apple pie wallpaper) with a plate rack on one wall. This is sooo far from my taste, but the plate rack had pegs for hanging, oh I don’t know, country knick-knacks? So I repurposed it in the hallway, just low enough for the kids to reach the pegs, but not high enough for them to reach the top of the plate rack (yet). So it’s become our catch-all space for all those things that end up on the kitchen counters when you come in the door. I love it!

  8. I love this idea. We put one up about a year ago. I love that the kiddos can hang their own coats & backpacks up & I ALWAYS know where they are. I wish that I had enough room to do a big people & a little people rack.

  9. Mango mom~ Hubby routed keyholes into the back of the boards so we could just hang them up. But you can also use also use aligator hooks. if you have a larger board, or anticipate heavier things being hung (like heavy backpacks), you may want to use screws and screw them into some studs instead of just the drywall.

  10. I like it! It’s great for little ones to be able to do things for themselves. I myself am rather lazy about my coat and considering mounting one of these on my coat closet door. :)


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