Introduction: COAT HANGER HACK

I have been trying, without any luck, for some time to find a furniture (coat hanger) that suits my needs. The only place in my house that could accommodate a hanger was a small empty wall next to the stairs.

So, i decided to draw and create my own furniture.

I this instructable, i will try to explain as better as i can all the steps for drawing and manufacturing of my COAT HANGER.

Following is a list of material used.

- 2 beams 5,5cm*10cm*164,5cm (a 2" x 4" would do)

- 11 boards 9,5cm*66cm*2cm

- 44 wood screws 3mm*35mm

- 6 6mm x 100mm anchor wall fasteners

- mirror (optional)

- 1Lt. of wood primer

- 1Lt of wood paint (color of your choice)

And the tools i used

- chop saw

- router and bits

- drill and bits

Step 1: The Prototype

First things first.

This is the original drawing. The two beams are fastened on the wall and the 11 boards act as hangers.

This is the math behind the drawing.

11 boards * 9.5cm wide = 104,5cm

10 spaces * 4cm wide = 40cm

2 spaces on bottom and top * 10cm = 20cm


2 sides of boards hanging outside the beams * 15cm = 30 cm

space between beams 25cm = 25 cm

width of beams 2*5,5cm = 11 cm


Step 2: Final Design

Then i thought of adding a mirror. Also, the screws holding the boards should be in a pattern for better visual appearance.

Step 3: Details in Design

The two beams could have some weight loss. So i routed off two pieces in between to form three legs. What was left was three legs, 15cm of length each, equally spaced.

The legs had to hide the anchors on the wall. I used a 6mm drill bit to drill all the way through and a 10mm to drill on the front side, which will later be hidden by the boards. The step created will act as a face for the anchor to seat. One picture is a 3d cutout of a leg.

Step 4: Construction

Time for construction. First i primed all the parts and roughly assembled to see how it would look.

Step 5: Final Product

I don't have any pictures from the painting and fastening but this is the final hanger.

First, all the boards where placed except the top, bottom and middle. Then the hanger was fastened on the wall and the top, bottom and middle board where screwed to hide the anchor screws. Also, the mirror is placed in the middle.

Step 6: Hooks

The boards could not hold much, but some clothes. Some hooks had to be made. I used galvanized rods, polished to a mirror finish.

Step 7: How to Hook

A series of bends and an double hook is ready.

Step 8: Singles and Doubles

Singles and doubles can be made.

Step 9: Final Touches

Some more pictures of the wall mount and the mirror.I used a router and a 5mm bit on the 4 boards around the mirror to create a groove for the mirror to seat in. The mirror is 4mm thick so no silicon is used.

Step 10: Dimensions

This is the complete drawing with dimensions in cm (sorry imperial guys :) )

The mirror can be placed in any place or be omitted.

For any questions or suggestions, please feel free to add your comment.

Thanks for reading and voting :) :) :)

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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I so need this by my entry door! We currently use the usual rack of hooks, but that is so inadequate as it only holds as many coats as there are hooks, not to mention scarves, bags, umbrellas, etc. I had thought of putting randomly located hooks into the walls, but that'd be a mess to relocate or change later. This is a much sturdier and easy idea. Also, I knew about making single hooks, but your double hooks are great! Thanks for making this 'ible!


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks for your kind comments.
    If you place it by the entry door, i would recomment adding a low-hanging wide metal rack for lets say boots or shoes to sit on.
    Or maybe instead of portrait, you could place it facing landscape?
    As for the hooks, if you have a welder, after the first bend, weld the two ends together. It will help with the geometry. When the hook finishes, cut the welded tip.


    4 years ago

    I like this. Great space saving idea. Do you have any pictures with costs on it? :). Have you had any trouble with the hooks coming off as you remove the coats?


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks for the kind comment. As for costs, one could get away by using palette wood and cheaper paint (Paint was the most expensive thing i used). So it depends on the budget but anyway, no more than 60 euros.

    As for hooks coming off, no. The hooks are firmly attached to the boards and cannot be taken off from the coats, although they can be re-arranged for ones convenience.