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Christmas Coat Rack/Shelf



Who has enough guest closet storage? Or are you like me and pile the coats, gloves & scarves on a bed when guests arrive? How about this instead. A Christmas Coat Rack that's big enough for not only all of your guests' coats, but a place to put their hats and gloves, too! AND if you don't have a fireplace/mantel, this can also double as a great place to hang your Christmas stockings!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Make a paper pattern for the side pieces.

    2. Step: 2

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      Clamp 2 pieces of plywood together with paper pattern for side piece attached with repositionable spray glue

    3. Step: 3

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      Cut out side pieces using a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw

    4. Step: 4

      Cut 1 x 4s to desired coat rack length. Mine is 40" long. Cut two more 1 x 4s to that length minus 1-1/2". These two pieces will be the bottom piece of the coat rack/shelf. (Alternatively you could use a piece of thin playwood cut to size: 38-1/2" x 7')

    5. Step: 5

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      Assemble and attach (using glue and brad nailer) the front, sides and bottom of coat rack/shelf. Sand smooth.

    6. Step: 6

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      Make a cleat for hanging with a length of 1 x 4 cut to 2" less than the length of the coat rack/shelf. I cut mine to 30". Use table with blade angled to make the cleat.

    7. Step: 7

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      Now it's time to make the back of the shelf. Cut 11 1 x 4's to 11" long. Line up, edges even, and glue together. Attach one half of the cleat to the assembled back with brad nailer. Attach a second scrap piece of a 1 x 4 approximately 8" away from the cleat. (This will ensure that the coat rack/shelf will hang correctly on the wall)

    8. Step: 8

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      Now is a good time to paint, stencil, or stain (or all three) the pieces of the coat rack/shelf. Get creative and have fun with this step!

    9. Step: 9

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      Assemble the coat rack/shelf pieces together with wood glue and brad nails. Attach the hooks to the front.

    10. Step: 10

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      Take the other half of the cleat and attach it to the wall with screws into studs or wall anchors. Hang and enjoy!

Comments (12)


  • Love this! I don't have a coat closet this would be perfect in my sunporch before you walk in my side door. I like that you made your own cleat to hang it.
    By WeekendCraft, on December 1, 2016

  • I have just the spot for this!
    By Kdsue456, on December 4, 2016

  • I will be making this as I don't have a coat closet.
    By woodworker13403, on December 4, 2016

  • I just love this. I even have the wood for it!
    By shortreba, on December 4, 2016

  • This is a great idea!
    By seanessa, on December 4, 2016

  • Genius! Beautiful!
    By Auntiepatch, on December 4, 2016

  • We desperately need one of these, all of a sudden there are coats everywhere. I could do this myself with these plans. Nice rack!
    By rusthawk_30902, on December 17, 2016

  • This would be great for my family.
    By kellyr78, on December 18, 2016

  • Love this idea. Thanks for the idea.
    By GAsusie, on December 20, 2016

  • Beautiful and such a wonderful idea it can also be used to hold keys on empty hooks I'm thinking love it. Festive and unique.
    By alinicole711, on December 20, 2016


  • Great idea to use for my walk-in closet, thanks!
    By Zwei, on February 27, 2018

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Christmas Coat Rack/Shelf

by Create & Babble
Nov 18, 2016
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Who has enough guest closet storage? Or are you like me and pile the coats, gloves & scarves on a bed when guests arrive? How about this instead. A Christmas Coat Rack that's big enough for not only all of your guests' coats, but a place to put their hats and gloves, too! AND if you don't have a fireplace/mantel, this can also double as a great place to hang your Christmas stockings!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge bb9b7747 07f2 415b b8a6 ebb41a96420e

    Make a paper pattern for the side pieces.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 3d82b513 782c 4d6a bc5e b661f49c7095

    Clamp 2 pieces of plywood together with paper pattern for side piece attached with repositionable spray glue

  3. Step: 3
    Huge d1ed70f3 1076 4d69 a232 8a892da7c75a

    Cut out side pieces using a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw

  4. Step: 4

    Cut 1 x 4s to desired coat rack length. Mine is 40" long. Cut two more 1 x 4s to that length minus 1-1/2". These two pieces will be the bottom piece of the coat rack/shelf. (Alternatively you could use a piece of thin playwood cut to size: 38-1/2" x 7')

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 64ae639b d290 425f 8ecd e903a5d7e58f

    Assemble and attach (using glue and brad nailer) the front, sides and bottom of coat rack/shelf. Sand smooth.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 99930728 0dab 46e6 a0c9 3cc0a76451a4

    Make a cleat for hanging with a length of 1 x 4 cut to 2" less than the length of the coat rack/shelf. I cut mine to 30". Use table with blade angled to make the cleat.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 667642d9 aa99 4a24 8bab 17bf3cb67d87

    Now it's time to make the back of the shelf. Cut 11 1 x 4's to 11" long. Line up, edges even, and glue together. Attach one half of the cleat to the assembled back with brad nailer. Attach a second scrap piece of a 1 x 4 approximately 8" away from the cleat. (This will ensure that the coat rack/shelf will hang correctly on the wall)

  8. Step: 8
    Huge a02824c5 7b30 4660 90e4 1557ee848a33

    Now is a good time to paint, stencil, or stain (or all three) the pieces of the coat rack/shelf. Get creative and have fun with this step!

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 4ead4ce1 21fe 4697 b928 1b4d95d1e88e

    Assemble the coat rack/shelf pieces together with wood glue and brad nails. Attach the hooks to the front.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge e94c6f90 91d3 41d4 a49d 325a7b86cbc4

    Take the other half of the cleat and attach it to the wall with screws into studs or wall anchors. Hang and enjoy!