Trench coats are cool! When you have been watching "Doctor Who" for six and a half seasons, you realize you can't go into adventures without a trench coat (and a bowtie. Bowties are cool, too!).

But my trench coat has a problem: where do you hang it when you arrive to office and you take it out? Trench coats are so big and so long. And it gets worse in a rainy weather. Your trench coat gets wet and you can't put it in a chair, without wetting the chair or dragging your coat on the floor.

So, there I was, arriving at the office in a rainy morning, with my wet trench coat, thinking about the beautiful and cheap umbrellas I saw in Chinatown (but NAAAH! My miserliness didn't let me to buy one!), when I realize that there is no place on Instructables lab where you can hang your trench coat. Or your rain coat. And I can't open a hole on the wall just for putting a nail for my coat. So, what would MacGyver do?

Then I remembered something: magnets. Computer hard drives have powerful magnets. Very powerful. I could make a magnetic coat hanger and placed it in the metallic cabinet near the restrooms.

It took me only 3 minutes to dismantle one of my dead hard drives and 2 minutes to build the coat hanger. And it works very well.

Step 1: Warning, materials and tools

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WARNING: You will work with a very powerful magnet. Be careful when you remove it from the hard drive, because you can bruise your fingers. And don't put the magnet near electronic devices, your wristwatch or your wallet, because you can damage your gadget or your credit cards. Don't tell I didn't tell you.

  • 1 Dead Hard Drive (you will need only the magnet)
  • 1 bolt
  • 2 nuts
  • Isulating tape
  • Screwdriver
And you will need:
  • A metallic cabinet (or another big metallic surface where you can put your trench coat)
not only is that an awesome idea but I find the Dr Who addition to be quite commendable. I have not yet made it to 6 and a half seasons as I just recently found out about the show. but I'm catching up thanks to Netflix! awesome ideas brother!
M.C. Langer (author)  jesstssoldier1 year ago
Thanks Jesstssoldier! and yes, Doctor Who is FANTASTIC! :-)
Great idea!!
M.C. Langer (author)  Jessie Marie2 years ago
Thanks Jessie Marie!
vincent75202 years ago
A trench coat is cool !… So are suspenders !!!…
You have class : smartly dressed and posting great instructables !…
Keep up the good work !
Mario, I was thinking... if your coat has a metal button you don't need the hook neither, or maybe you can sew a metal washer inside the neck of the coat (maybe on the label), that should be even more cool! :-)
NOT a great idea : if the magnet is too strong you may attract all metallic objects on your path … or worse, being driven by the button towards a fixed metallic objet onto which you will crash !… What a day this would be !!!… LOL

(of course the idea is great !…)
M.C. Langer (author)  andrea biffi2 years ago
You are absolutely right! But, my favorite trench coat is one of those things I don't want to hack. Maybe later, when it gets old. :-)
sunshiine2 years ago
That coat is beautiful! What a great idea to have a place to hang a nice long coat. As always you are a genius! Hope your weekend is awesome!
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks a lot Sunshiine!!! The same for you!! :-)
Thanks! I am so tired! Been digging in the yard to plant grass. Hard work!
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
I imagine that!! Great work!!! :-)
startree2 years ago
Great idea fellow dr who fan! now if only someone were to invent a thing to hang the coat on, perhaps made of wood or wire, with a hook at the top, to hang off your hook, perhaps your coat might keep its shape :)
M.C. Langer (author)  startree2 years ago
A sonic coat hanger? :-)

Yes these magnets are very powerful!
This is a great way to use them! And in addition this will remove them from my desk where there is always the danger to demagnetize my ATM card ;-)
M.C. Langer (author)  andrea biffi2 years ago
Thanks Andrea! :-)
mtbdan2 years ago
Brilliant! I have been trying to find a way to hang jackets at work for years, so simple, as it often is.
M.C. Langer (author)  mtbdan2 years ago
Thanks mtbdan!! I'm glad you like it!
iOskr2 years ago
Simple and useful
M.C. Langer (author)  iOskr2 years ago
Thanks iOskr!! :-)
Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Yeahhh right,...miserliness but in heaven !
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Absolutely!!!! :-)
flavrt2 years ago
Coat hangers are not cool, but that beautiful coat deserves one. Bonus: it will still work with your magno-cleat.
M.C. Langer (author)  flavrt2 years ago
Thanks flavrt!
That is a powerful magnet!
M.C. Langer (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Oh yes! Powerful enough this project. And cheap!