At the home of This Old House
features editor, Amy Hughes, coats tend to pile up on dining room chairs and get put away only when dinner guests actually need to sit. "I have a coat closet—two, in fact—but after a long day at work, I hate messing with hangers," she says.
So for a salvage project using vintage metal doorknobs, a toss-and-go coatrack seemed just the antidote. Amy had six knobs and their matching rosette backplates; all she needed was a nice old board, like the salvaged chestnut trim shown here, to mount them on.
For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Make a Doorknob Coatrack