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Not just a handy rack for your hallway, this coat rack can make like a feature piece when you and your guest enter your home.


1Make the hooks

Set a mitre saw at 15° to trim the end of the dowel at an angle.

Tip: While you could make the cuts using a mitre box with a hand saw, a mitre saw will result in much faster, more accurate assembly.

A mitre saw being used to cut dowel at a 15 degree angle

2Measure and mark

Measure and mark the dowel 50mm from the longest point and cut at 15°, repeating to make six hooks.

A ruler and pen being used to mark pieces of dowel to become coat pegs

3Connect the hooks

On the end-grain of each hook, measure and mark the centre then use the drill with a 2.5mm bit to drill 10mm-deep pilot holes.

Holes being drilled into the base of a dowel peg for securing to a coat rack

4Make a backing board

To make the backing board, on the 89mm pine, mark 30mm along one side as the base, then measure and mark six evenly spaced points beginning 50mm from the ends.
Holes being drilled into a backing board for a coat rack

5Drill the holes

Use the 2.5mm bit to drill 10mm-deep pilot holes at the marked points, angling the drill downwards to make the holes at an approximate 15° angle.

Holes being drilled into a coat rack to add dowel coat pegs

6Attach the backing board

Use the drill with a driver bit to drive 40mm screws through the pilot holes in the backing board to protrude by about 2mm, then line up the holes in the hooks and finish securing the screws
A backing board being attached to a coat rack

7Mark space for the shelf

To attach the top shelf, mark 10mm along one side of the 64mm pine. From one end, measure 150mm, 300mm, 300mm and 300mm to drill pilot holes using a 2.5mm bit.

Holes being drilled into a coat rack to add a shelf to the top

8Position, attach and sand

Position the top shelf against the backing board, checking the edges are flush, and use the drill with a driver bit to secure through the pilot holes with 40mm screws. Lightly sand all over using 180-grit abrasive paper and block.

Tip: To finish the coat rack, brush on two coats of a clear timber varnish

An assembled coat rack laying on an outdoor deck

9Mount the coat rack

To mount the rack, locate wall studs and use a spirit level to mark out and install plasterboard screws. Hold rack against the screws to transfer the positions on the back, and install keyhole hooks.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.