A pileup of coats and jackets near the front door is never a welcoming sight. But if your house lacks a proper foyer or entryway, as many do, finding a spot to store this stuff can be a challenge. Our solution? Build a low-profile, cottage-inspired coatrack that takes up just a few feet of wall space. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva made this one from 1× lumber and embellished it with a couple of strips of decorative, fluted door casing, available in a range of profiles and materials at home centers. Double coat hooks and wire storage baskets for holding mail, gloves, and miscellany maximize storage space, and the board-and-batten-like design protects the underlying wall from dings and dents. Best of all, the price tag won't send you into sticker shock—we dare you to find an off-the-shelf coatrack that's this easy on the eyes for less.

Casing: -by-2-inch Whitewood Casing, about $8 per 7-foot length. Hooks: Brainerd Decorative Flat Black Garment Hooks, about $4.50 each. Both available at
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw (or table saw)
    • drill
    • adjustable clamp
      Speed clamps
    • paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    1x4 We chose pine. Get two 8-foot lengths.

    1x3 Get one 8-foot length.

    -by-2--inch fluted door casing Get two 7-foot lengths.

    Wire baskets Get two or more.

    Coat hooks and hardware Get three.

    Cup hooks Get two for each basket.1-¼-inch trim-head screws

    120-grit sandpaper

    Wood glue

    Primer and paint for the coatrack

    Spray primer and spray paint for the wire baskets