How to Make a Doorknob Coatrack
Use vintage doorknobs and salvaged trim to make a showpiece coatrack in less than two hours
At my house, coats 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. So for a project using vintage metal doorknobs, a toss-and-go coatrack seemed just the antidote for my lazy ways. I had six knobs and their matching rosette backplates; all I needed was a nice old board to mount them on. Lucky for me, my boss, This Old House editor Scott Omelianuk, was willing to part with some chestnut trim he salvaged after taking down a wall during his house renovation. Here's the step-by-step for how to build the rack.
Determine Knob Placement
Start by lightly sanding the board to create a smooth working surface. Then arrange the doorknobs across the board's face to see how they'll look after they're attached. Once you've determined their rough placement, remove the knobs.