Building a coat rack for the entryway

Our entryway needed a place to hang coats and bags. We have a coat closet, but the vacuum cleaner, brooms and mop live there, and they frown upon being displaced when we have guests coming over. Also, we’ve had a lot of guests come and forget their coats on the way out because they are hidden in the closet. Because the entryway is so narrow, a free-standing coat rack is out of the question.


We decided to make a built in coat rack to the wall adjacent to the door. It was big and empty and could use a little visual interest. We built it ourselves using a 1×6 board and some hooks. Blake cut the board to length {about 70″} using a miter saw and routed the edges with a simple chamfer edge. Then we primed it with Zinsser oil-based primer {left over from our bathroom cabinet makeover} and painted it with a few coats of Behr semi-gloss in Moon Rise {left over from painting our trim}. Then Blake hung the board on the wall with wood screws, making sure to anchor it into the studs and counter sinking the screws so they wouldn’t stick out.

finding studs

counter sunk screw

After the board was securely fastened to the wall, we filled in the screw holes with wood filler, let it dry, sanded it smooth, and did some touch up painting. The last step was to add the hooks. We went with six hooks in an oil rubbed bronze finish, evenly spaced. Six looked best – not too crowded but not to sparse. There is about 12 inches between each hook.

coat rack close up

Here is the finished product:

coat rack for small entryway

I also added a frame gallery on a whim. I’m addicted to frame galleries. This is the third one in my house, but there’s just no stopping me. The art is still a work in progress, but at least there is something to give visual interest now. I’ll be back with more details about the frames and art work.

15 thoughts on “Building a coat rack for the entryway

  1. Robin says:

    Hi, I love the color of your walls, what color is it? Also, I’m so having my husband help me build this coat rack, its exactly what I’ve been wanting for our entryway!

  2. Dalia says:

    This looks great! I’ve been thinking about doing one myself.
    Since I’m not handy with wood at all, can you please let me know if you pre-drilled the holes for your screws? And what type of wood did you buy (pine, MDF, whitewood,etc.)?

    By the way, congrats on your beautiful house!

    • Rebekah says:

      Before hanging the board (it was a 1×6 pine board) we measured where the studs were and drilled the holes on the board before hanging it. We counter sunk the holes so the screws wouldn’t stick out. Then once the board was screwed to the wall, we filled it in the holes over the screws with wood filler, sanded, and touch up painted. Once that dried, we measured and marked where the hooks would go and screwed them in. That part went pretty quickly.

  3. tami says:

    What a perfect entryway! I am going to beg my husband to do this for me! This is just what I have been looking for. I love the white board with the black hooks & the pictures above it make it so warm & inviting!! Love Love it!

  4. dawn says:

    fabulous im jus doen my front entrance too an dis jus looks great i want too put a rack up too for coats an bags i already hav pictures up dis jus completes my hall way thanku for sharing lovve itt

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s