Overview

overview of how to build a wall-mounted coatrack
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Our piece measures 48 by 24 inches; you can easily change the size to suit the space you have. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva added a French cleat to the back side to make installation simple, so you'll need a circular saw or table saw to make the bevel rip cut. If you don't have one, fasten the piece directly to the wall by driving screws through the upper and lower cleats into wall studs or anchors. CUT LIST
Download a printable cut list here.

1x4: three at 48 inches 1x3: two at 24 inches -by-2--inch fluted door casing: two at 48 inches
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    Tools List

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