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High Functioning Coat Hooks

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Back in Los Angeles, any old coat rack or a few hooks by the door would do. Most of us would just toss a jacket in the back of the car in the winter months. But here in Vermont we need a little more. Many of the vernacular farm houses I visit have at least a half dozen hooks per person lined up in their mud rooms. My wife and I each will have several different coats, jackets and vests in play all winter long. Add to that assorted scarves, hats and gloves, several of each for both of us, and your average coat rack doesn’t stand a chance. The bench by our door spent the whole winter covered in coats hats and gloves with the overflow often spreading to the back of the sofa in the living room.

Materials, for each hanger you'll need:
     One cleaned or refinished paint can.
     2 screws long enough to reach into wall studs.

Tools:
     Long handled screwdriver or screw gun with sufficient extensions to reach bottom of can.
     Punch or small drill
     Stud finder (optional)

Step one:   With the handle in a horizontal position, layout and make 2 small mounting holes at the top and bottom of the can within an inch or less of the edge.

Step two:   locate and mark stud position on wall for upper screw position.

Step three:   Screw through the upper hole of the can into the wall stud but not quite snug to the wall.

Step four:  Straighten the can and screw through the lower hole of the can into the wall stud snug to the wall.

Step five:  Snug up first screw.

Step six:  Hang, stuff, drape and regain control of your entry space!
iforhouses2 years ago
This is a wonderfull DIY ideea. The hanger is too cool and original not to be tried.
i think inside of those buckets i will add some colored LED's....
What a brilliant idea!
My firm is Use What You Have Interiors, so you know I love this clever reuse of what was already there.
Thanks... I will share.

Lauri Ward
www.redecorate.com
BrianJewett (author)  redecorator12 years ago
Thanks, I'm honored to have this featured on such an interesting web site. I'll be back to explore it more!
Hello Brian!
This instructable is absolutely wonderful! So I decided to feature it on my website! You can see the page here:

http://lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2011/7/27_Crochets_pour_manteauxCoat_hooks.html

If, for any reason, you do not wish to appear on my website, just let me know and I'll remove my post right away!

Cheers,

Marie-Eve
BrianJewett (author)  Les Créateliers3 years ago
I'm happy to have you repost the idea. And thank you too for making it bilingual! My most frustrating business trip was to Montreal. I had one day to myself and couldn't get hardly anyone away from the company I was visiting to speak to me in english even though I know most people speak at least some. I even went to a tourist information center and not a single person there would try to help me in english. Needless to say, I never returned.
I'm very sorry you had a bad experience here, we're not all like that fortunately! :)
Thanks for letting me repost!
myspirit3 years ago
Brilliant! I love the dual-functionality, the cubby to stash a knit hat/gloves, and the place to gently hang the jacket.

BRILLIANT! I can't wait to do this in my hallway
daveteach3 years ago
Thanks for the great idea. Thinking of installing in my classroom using the interior for gloves/hats, etc and affixing some sort of S-hook to the can handle for hanging the coats.
A further one-up for this would be acrylic "spills" dripping down from the bottom of the cans, with hooks molded like splashing paint. Wire reinforcement should leave them plenty tough. Great for a classroom or creative/fun environment.
A simpler plywood and paint build would be quicker and cheaper...but.
.. A template for the "spill": Plywood shape with radiused edge would do nicely, leave a hole for the paint can.
.. Create an organic shape for the hook, focused on looking like a splash or drip. This should be easy with clay or dough molded directly to the board.
.. Pour a silicone mold around the front of the spill template.
.. Time to mold: Create a stiff wire form, bent around the base of the can and into the body of the hook cavities.
.. With mold, can, and wire in place, pour resin.

I need to get tools and do this.
BrianJewett (author)  ArcticNemo3 years ago
Nice idea! Any idea how to pull it off?
I can picture this. Xlent. Thanks
xlih3 years ago
What is a 'vernacular' farm house?
BrianJewett (author)  xlih3 years ago
Wikipedia has a good definition:
Vernacular Architecture is a term used to categorize methods of construction which use locally available resources and traditions to address local needs and circumstances. Vernacular architecture tends to evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural and historical context in which it exists.
Cool! Thanks, this is good to know.
Javin0073 years ago
LMAO! Did you see that this got featured on Consumerist?
http://consumerist.com/2011/05/why-paint-cans-beat-coat-hooks-at-their-own-job.html
rleemans3 years ago
This idea would work great in the shop too. I could hang my air lines from it, and put the air tools, connectors, blow nozzles and air chucks inside.
Thanks!
James Pronk3 years ago
I am going to use 5 gallon paint pails for all the hats and mitts we have. It will be much better then not turning the heat on so you don't need to take anything off and hang it up
BrianJewett (author)  James Pronk3 years ago
5 gallon pails are even big enough to add a shelf in the middle! I considered them first but my hall isn't wide enough. Feel free to add pics of all your improvements to my post here. The more the merrier!
ecowaters3 years ago
Brilliant. This is the answer for the places where I wanted to install shelves and hooks but doubted my ability to install shelves that would take weight. These will also be good for my summer sun hats. Now to figure out where to install them in my apartment. I might go to the thrift shop to look for attractive drillable canisters.
hohum ecowaters3 years ago
ecowaters,

this is one great idea, as an offshoot to this idea, and I am not taking away from how good this idea is,

get a piece of 5/8 plywood, find the studs drill in some massive screw hooks, mount your cans, install some 'eye' plates and then hang the plywood/can to the screw hooks, that way, you could take your plywood can coat hook with you,

you can do thias.
Arghus3 years ago
this surprized me quite a lot..

Good Idea
frogan3 years ago
Nevermind, here they are for just a few bucks.
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=buy+empty+paint+can&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7948570596667066890&sa=X&ei=bg3fTfXCDZC-sAO60dmSBw&ved=0CF4Q8wIwAQ
BrianJewett (author)  frogan3 years ago
I originally considered rural mailboxes. I'd hoped to trade brand new ones for for some nicely aged and rusted ones I've seen on the roadsides but they were to deep for our space. Same issue with 5 Gal plastic buckets.

As for cleaning, I put my cans into water as soon as I emptied them so they weren't that bad. If you let them dry it would be quite a chore. Empty can's are about $2.50 at the local Ace Hardware.

I use those empty new paint cans to store candy away from mice!
BtheBike3 years ago
Very Smart re-use .
9ale73 years ago
new idea, great :)
Draines223 years ago
Seems like Coffee cans could be used for the same purpose.
These are awesome! What a great idea. :D
grannyjones3 years ago
Empty paint cans at The Home Depot.
New and unused.
Gallon and quart sizes.
OK, not recycled--but quick!
BrianJewett (author)  stopbugginme3 years ago
I suppose, but then you'd need more storage for the related hats, gloves and scarves and these can already get pretty crowded. If you were running out of wall space and still needed more hangers, I'd probably just ad a single hook to the wall a few inches under the can.
Syncubus3 years ago
Great idea! I'd suggest pan-headed screws and washers to keep them from pulling through the relatively thin bottoms of the paint cans.
BrianJewett (author)  Syncubus3 years ago
The drywall screws I used seemed pretty secure and the flat black hides nicely on the dark grey interior. I decided to wait and see. I can always add washers later if I need them but so far everything remains nice and snug.
frogan3 years ago
I suppose you could do this with anything similarly shaped that can affixed to a wall. But is there a way to buy an empty paint can?
macruadhi3 years ago
Does the cost of paint thinner/remover make it worth it?
you can buy new, empty paint cans at the hardware store
zazenergy3 years ago
Very cute and inventive! Love it.
CrLz3 years ago
Great idea!
BrianJewett (author) 3 years ago
Ya know, some times ya wander into the garage, spot somethin' in the clutter, and jus suffer an epiphany right there on the spot! ;-p
WalScrap3 years ago
Being in Montreal and fully understanding the aim, I totally support this brilliant idea !!!