Introduction: 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.

     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!


Bobby T (author)2015-10-08

Yeah, I though the same thing about the hooks as well.

אנניז (author)2015-02-01

amazing idea for hangers

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mira.mesika (author)2014-11-09

love it! clever and briiliant.

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iforhouses (author)2011-11-13

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....

redecorator1 (author)2011-11-01

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

BrianJewett (author)redecorator12011-11-02

Thanks, I'm honored to have this featured on such an interesting web site. I'll be back to explore it more!

Les Créateliers (author)2011-07-28

Hello Brian!
This instructable is absolutely wonderful! So I decided to feature it on my website! You can see the page here:

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!



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!

myspirit (author)2011-06-10

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

BrianJewett (author)2011-06-01

Nice idea! Any idea how to pull it off?

xlih (author)2011-05-31

What is a 'vernacular' farm house?

BrianJewett (author)xlih2011-05-31

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.

xlih (author)BrianJewett2011-05-31

Cool! Thanks, this is good to know.

Javin007 (author)2011-05-30

LMAO! Did you see that this got featured on Consumerist?

rleemans (author)2011-05-30

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.

daveteach (author)2011-05-30

I can picture this. Xlent. Thanks

James Pronk (author)2011-05-29

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 Pronk2011-05-29

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!

ecowaters (author)2011-05-29

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 (author)ecowaters2011-05-29


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.

daveteach (author)2011-05-29

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.

Arghus (author)2011-05-29

this surprized me quite a lot..

Good Idea

frogan (author)2011-05-26

Nevermind, here they are for just a few bucks.

BrianJewett (author)frogan2011-05-28

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.

boocat (author)BrianJewett2011-05-29

I use those empty new paint cans to store candy away from mice!

BtheBike (author)2011-05-29

Very Smart re-use .

9ale7 (author)2011-05-29

new idea, great :)

Draines22 (author)2011-05-29

Seems like Coffee cans could be used for the same purpose.

jessyratfink (author)2011-05-29

These are awesome! What a great idea. :D

grannyjones (author)2011-05-28

Empty paint cans at The Home Depot.
New and unused.
Gallon and quart sizes.
OK, not recycled--but quick!

BrianJewett (author)2011-05-28

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.

Syncubus (author)2011-05-26

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)Syncubus2011-05-28

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.

frogan (author)2011-05-26

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?

macruadhi (author)2011-05-26

Does the cost of paint thinner/remover make it worth it?

ez_aquarii (author)macruadhi2011-05-26

you can buy new, empty paint cans at the hardware store

zazenergy (author)2011-05-25

Very cute and inventive! Love it.

CrLz (author)2011-05-25

Great idea!

BrianJewett (author)2011-05-25

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

WalScrap (author)2011-05-25

Being in Montreal and fully understanding the aim, I totally support this brilliant idea !!!

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