Introduction: Simple Branching Coat Rack

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This rack was inspired by a design I saw on etsy (

I do like to support local artists and craftsmen when possible, but at $75, this was not an option for me at the moment. In addition, I had a couple of extra branches and wood laying around. And of course, as always, if it can be built, I will build it.  

I have been teaching my girlfriend how to do basic handiwork, and for this project, I largely instructed and supervised while she assembled it. She did most of the sawing, nailing, and assembling. 

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Step 1: Supplies and Materials

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The materials you will need will depend on how big and long you want your rack (or how much wood you have). I had enough wood to make a small one (15'' long x 13'' tall)
  • 1/2'' or 3/4'' plywood or hardwood
  • branching branches ( I used 6)
  • nails and/or screws (1'' or so will do)
  • 2 hanging hooks
  • saw
    • handsaw for cutting the branches
    • table saw, miter saw, chop saw, or handsaw to cut the frame. 

Step 2: Step 1: Cut and Trim the Branches

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Cut your branches to the appropriate height of your rack. I cut mine to be approximately 12''. 

Trim the bottoms and tops of the branches if needed to make the branches stand upright. If you have a branch or two that has a weird lean or curve to it, leave it- it adds character. One of my branches had two branching sections (double the usage!)

Also, if desired, trim the ends of the branching sections where your coat will hang.

Step 3: Step 2: Cut the Boards for the Frame

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Using your hand, miter, table, or chop saw, cut the boards to make the frame. My frame was approximately 8'' deep, 15'' long, and 13'' tall. 

Step 4: Step 3: Attach Branches to the Frame

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Using nails or screws, attach the branches to the bottom of the frame first ( or top, the order doesn't matter). If you are using screws, it may be useful to pre-drill the holes first. 

Step 5: Step 4: Finish the Frame and Secure Branches

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After you have attached your branches to the bottom of the frame, attach the sides of the frame using screws or nails. 

Then attach the top of the frame. Secure the top of the branches to the frame with nails or screws. 

Step 6: Step 5: Finishing Touches

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Sand off any protruding edges. 

Use wood sealant or varnish to protect your new coat rack. 

If you want a "vintage" look to it, you could try putting some dents in the side with a hammer or nail. The wood I used was already quite old, so I didn't have to do anything. 

Hang it up using the 2 hanging hooks (you know the 'as seen on TV' hooks). I found they are actually pretty useful and durable, especially when you don't have any studs. 

Besides a rack, this also serves as a shelf! This is a small prototype. Later on I may build a longer one.

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zaclewis98 made it! (author)2016-07-10

Loved this project!!!

sram07 (author)2015-08-23


jiangswei (author)2015-02-10


Sonso (author)2015-02-02

hi there, could u tell me how do u hand this rack on the wall...or how do u install the hocks

Miralys made it! (author)2014-07-07

took me way too long (I collected the first branches nearly a year ago), but I'm very happy with the result!

Tinworm (author)2013-10-09


atomiclizard (author)2013-07-22

This Instructable is amazing and inspires me to create something for my sister-in-law's upcoming wedding. Her house is going to be very Deer and Country Cottage inspired so this is perfect.

guyzo35 (author)2013-06-16

Here's mine, thanks for the inspiration!

atomiclizard (author)guyzo352013-07-22

Great job on yours! Looks awesome!

furthuron (author)2012-08-01

i gotta give credit for this a very very nice piece!!!

slylee (author)furthuron2012-08-02

Thank you!

SinAmos (author)2012-07-16

I love this. So inspired. Simple magic.

slylee (author)SinAmos2012-07-16

Thank you. I wish I could claim the idea as my own. I did use a touch of sorcery though. do you like....magic?!?!?! (Arrested development reference)

scoochmaroo (author)2012-07-16

This is even better than the tree branch coat racks I've been envisioning for months now. I love it.

slylee (author)scoochmaroo2012-07-16

wow thanks! I appreciate it. Please post pics if you make one as well

paganwonder (author)2012-07-09

Love the aesthetic...thanks for sharing!

slylee (author)paganwonder2012-07-10

thanks. preesh.

thejanitor (author)2012-07-06

This is some thing I am going to make, what a neat idea.

slylee (author)thejanitor2012-07-07

I am glad to hear. Post a pic of your finished product and any tips/mods you do!

ChrysN (author)2012-07-06

Nice, that looks really cool.

slylee (author)ChrysN2012-07-07


strange_f (author)2012-07-06

Nice. It would also make a awesome screen or room divider...if you have long enough branches.

slylee (author)strange_f2012-07-07

very much agree

amandaghassaei (author)2012-07-06

really like this!

slylee (author)amandaghassaei2012-07-06

glad to hear!

rrkrose (author)2012-07-05

Really beautiful and simple!

slylee (author)rrkrose2012-07-06

I thank you very much

ilpug (author)2012-07-05

Oh, that's cool. I had a related idea just now. make the frame like shown, then put some sticks along the front edge of the frame to leave plenty of space behind it. Then, Put a sheet of something diffused with a natural texture like white glass or rice paper, behind in in the frame, then behind that mount a light and the wiring. Bingo- you get a cool installation light that casts tree shadows.

slylee (author)ilpug2012-07-05

nice! that is an awesome idea. I actually did put the branches in the front of the frame. There is a good 5 inches behind them.

ilpug (author)slylee2012-07-05

Well, throw the diffused thing and the light there and you have combined the two things, plus it makes getting stuff on and off of hooks in the dark much easier.

Just watch that thing at eye level, uncoordinated people like myself might crash right into the hooks.

jessyratfink (author)2012-07-05

Lovely! I've been seeing versions of this floating around pinterest, and actually had it on my to-do list. You beat me to it. :D

slylee (author)jessyratfink2012-07-05

Thanks again! Let me know if you have any improvements to this design.

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