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
Step 2: 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
Using a sanding block or palm sander, sand all the boards smooth.
Step 4: 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
Test fit the boards to be sure the edges were routed correctly.
Step 6: Countersink and Clearance Hole
Countersink and drill clearance holes along the support pieces and across the top board.
Step 7: 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
Glue everything up and make sure that everything is square.
Step 9: Wood Filler
Mix wood filler and cover screws.
Step 10: Sand and Paint
Sand the wood filler and apply paint with light sanding between coats.
Step 11: 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
Using a stud finder, locate the wall studs and mark their location.
Step 13: 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
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
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!