Introduction: Simple Coat Rack Shelf

Picture of Simple Coat Rack Shelf

My house doesn't have a coat closet. This unfortunate lack of space has caused coats to be left all around the house. As a way to remedy this, my wife commissioned me to build this inexpensive coat rack and shelf combination.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials

Tools:

  • Drill
  • Screw Driver
  • Saw

Materials:

Step 2: Cut Boards

Picture of Cut Boards

Cut out two boards to make the back and top of the shelf (I used 1 x 6 pine boards). Cut the top to allow one inch of overhang on each side. Using a band saw, scroll saw, jig saw, or coping saw cut out the profile of your end supports. I drew a profile that I felt looked good and then cut out a duplicate.

Step 3: Sand Boards

Picture of Sand Boards

Using a sanding block or palm sander, sand all the boards smooth.

Step 4: Rout Edges

Picture of Rout Edges

Rout edges that don't touch other boards. On the top board, I routed the front and sides. I didn't rout any edges of the back board. On the supports, I routed the front of the outside profile and the inside profile until the profile reaches the back board.

Step 5: Test Fit

Picture of Test Fit

Test fit the boards to be sure the edges were routed correctly.

Step 6: Countersink and Clearance Hole

Picture of Countersink and Clearance Hole

Countersink and drill clearance holes along the support pieces and across the top board.

Step 7: Drill Pilot Holes

Picture of Drill Pilot Holes

Insert screws in the clearance holes and tap the screws to mark the pilot hole locations. Drill pilot holes and test fit.

Step 8: Glue and Assemble

Picture of Glue and Assemble

Glue everything up and make sure that everything is square.

Step 9: Wood Filler

Picture of Wood Filler

Mix wood filler and cover screws.

Step 10: Sand and Paint

Picture of Sand and Paint

Sand the wood filler and apply paint with light sanding between coats.

Step 11: Layout and Attach Hooks

Picture of Layout and Attach Hooks

Layout the coat hooks evenly spaced along the back of the shelf. Attach them with the screws that come with the hooks.

Step 12: Find Wall Studs

Picture of Find Wall Studs

Using a stud finder, locate the wall studs and mark their location.

Step 13: Drill Pilot Holes

Picture of Drill Pilot Holes

Holding the shelf where you want it to be located, drill pilot holes through the shelf where your studs are.

Step 14: Attach to Wall

Picture of Attach to Wall

Attach the shelf to the wall and make sure that it's level. I used black drywall screws so they would blend in with the paint.

Step 15: Decorate

Picture of Decorate

Once all the screws are in place, decorate and hang up all your coats.

If you make a shelf like this, be sure to share your pictures in the comments!

Comments

About This Instructable

1,376views

20favorites

License:

Bio: My name is Troy. I'm a Mechatronics graduate studying Mechanical Engineering. I love making things and doing anything outdoors (especially SCUBA diving). I am ... More »
More by tomatoskins:Make a Wood Tap From a BoltTable Saw JointerSimple Sled for Perfect Segmented Bowls
Add instructable to: