Picture of Simple Branching Coat Rack
This rack was inspired by a design I saw on etsy (http://www.etsy.com/listing/66636810/wolf-den-coat-rack?ref=tre-418014206-10).

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

Picture of Supplies and Materials
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. 

sram075 days ago


jiangswei6 months ago
Sonso6 months ago

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!1 year ago

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

Tinworm1 year ago
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.
guyzo352 years ago
Here's mine, thanks for the inspiration! http://i.imgur.com/wEVQE5j.jpg
Great job on yours! Looks awesome!
furthuron3 years ago
i gotta give credit for this a very very nice piece!!!
slylee (author)  furthuron3 years ago
Thank you!
SinAmos3 years ago
I love this. So inspired. Simple magic.
slylee (author)  SinAmos3 years ago
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)
scoochmaroo3 years ago
This is even better than the tree branch coat racks I've been envisioning for months now. I love it.
slylee (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
wow thanks! I appreciate it. Please post pics if you make one as well
paganwonder3 years ago
Love the aesthetic...thanks for sharing!
slylee (author)  paganwonder3 years ago
thanks. preesh.
thejanitor3 years ago
This is some thing I am going to make, what a neat idea.
slylee (author)  thejanitor3 years ago
I am glad to hear. Post a pic of your finished product and any tips/mods you do!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, that looks really cool.
slylee (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
strange_f3 years ago
Nice. It would also make a awesome screen or room divider...if you have long enough branches.
slylee (author)  strange_f3 years ago
very much agree
really like this!
slylee (author)  amandaghassaei3 years ago
glad to hear!
rrkrose3 years ago
Really beautiful and simple!
slylee (author)  rrkrose3 years ago
I thank you very much
ilpug3 years ago
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 bra.ch shadows.
slylee (author)  ilpug3 years ago
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 slylee3 years ago
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.
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)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks again! Let me know if you have any improvements to this design.