Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY Wall Hanging Coat Rack

As the weather gets colder here in Wisconsin I am reminded of the multiple jackets and sweatshirts that we keep piling on to stay warm. This also means that these same jackets have just been piling up in our entryway. So I decided to build a nice coat rack that can also serve as a wall shelf. This is what I came up with! 

DIY Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Check out the instructions below to make your own!

I decided to keep it super simple. I used a 4 ft long 1x6 and a 4 ft long 1x4. This essentially creates a nice 4 ft shelf that has plenty of room to add the pegs. 

4ft 1x6 and 4ft 1x4

I measured out the distance for where I wanted the pegs on the back side of the 6 inch wide board. The top row of pegs was 2.5 inches from the top and the bottom row was 4.5 inches from the top. The first peg was 2 inches from the edge and then spaced every 7 1/3 inches. The bottom row started 5.5 inches  from the edge and spaced every 7 1/3 inches for the rest of the board. This will allow the pegs to be offset and maximize the amount of pegs you can get on the board. I managed to fit 13 pegs on this coat rack. 

The Measurements of the Peg Holes

Once you have it all measured you can go ahead and drill a pilot hole through the wood starting from the back and going to the front. I used a 1/8 inch drill bit. This will make it easier to screw the pegs in without splitting the wood. This is what the front will look like.

Pilot Holes for the Screws

Now drill a hole into the end of each peg. I cut each peg 3 inches long. I used a branch from a piece of diamond willow. This is what it looks like when the bark is peeled of and sanded down. You could use pretty much any tree branch or just a cheap wooden dowel from the hardware store.

Diamond Willow Pegs

Before I screwed the pegs in I went ahead and drilled the holes to mount the top board to the side board. I used a Kreg Jig but you could drill also just drill holes at an angle.

Kreg Jig to Drill the Top Holes 

Now that all the holes are drilled, go ahead and attach the pegs. I used 2 inch wood screws and drilled from the back while holding the peg over the pre-drilled hole. Once the screw was through the wood it went right into the peg and secured it nicely to the flat side of the board.

Pegs Attached to the Board

Now that all the pegs are on there you can go ahead and attach the top of the shelf. I used 1 1/4 inch Kreg screws. Here is a picture of the fully assembled Wall Hanging Coat Rack.

Finished Coat Rack

Now it is time to add the finishing touches. I made a DIY beeswax wood sealant. This is super cheap and easy to make and it will give the wood a nice finished honey coloring. It is non-toxic, smells wonderful, and really protects the wood. It goes on like a gooey paste, and then you just wipe off any of the excess.

Applying the Beeswax Sealant

My wife and I just applied it with our hands. It took about 15 minutes to apply it to the whole coat rack.

Further Application of Beeswax Sealant

This is what it looked like when it was all done! You can see the before and after picture. It takes a few hours to dry and it gets a little darker once it is completely dried.

Before and After with Beeswax Sealant

Once it is all dry you can go ahead and hang it on the wall!

Coat Rack Mounted on the Wall 

To mount it I found two wall studs and drilled a 2.5 inch screw into each one, making sure they were level. Then I measured the distance between the two and drilled two holes into the back of the top part of the shelf at that same distance. Then all I had to do was line up the two holes with the two screws and the coat rack is now mounted flush against the wall!


  1. Just curious, do you have to redo the beeswax finish annually, or how long does it provide protection for the wood?

  2. This is amazing! Thank you so much for this post. I can't wait to try it. I'm always so freaked out by the commercial sealants. They are so awful for you. Thanks again! :)

  3. Hi, read this, how did you get the buffed finish? I applied mine and it has dried for a week. How do you remove the excess without lint getting all over it??

  4. Can I use beeswax/olive oil sealant on the hardwood plywood bookshelves. I want to leave natural wood, but I would like to highlight the wood grain, and of course use all non toxic ingredients.If I do how long do I need to wait to be able to put books on it without the oil seeping into the paper? I was going to use Tung oil, but then I found out that I need to wait 1 month for it to completely dry before putting the books on it.

    1. Nate - The link to the DIY recipe in the article is actually for an olive oil/beeswax sealant.

  5. would this also seal in odors if the wood smells like mothballs?

    1. Yes it woukd seal it in, under the sealant trapped forever never to be smelled again :)

  6. Hiya thank you for sharing your knowledge. Just wondering if this method and recipe (which I have read and saved) is ok to use on my new (to me but bought second hand) pine table & chairs? They were a bit grubby when I got them so we scrubbed them down several times with a scrubbing brush and degreaser then baking soda & hot water using a souring pad,finally with soapy hat water, they still have a few marks especially the table but overall it just looks rustic. Thanks for reading this.

  7. Gorgeous! Love the idea of chemical free sealant!

  8. Can I apply this sealant over stain? Or will the stain smudge?

  9. If you want a coat rack for supporting the decoration in your home, you need to look for the designs that can stand out and make a statement in your home.

  10. Thank you for your post! Did you try this for outdoor furnitures / garden boxes? Can you recommend a wood sealant for outdoor wood furnitures?

  11. Just what I need for polishing my concrete countertop in the kitchen.

  12. this is art and i like this idea

  13. Hi thank you so much for this great sealant and wax, can I use this on cutting boards? If I wanted a lemon scent to the oil can I add a piece of lemon peel while the wax is soft and stir the oil in, and just leave the peel in there. Again for cutting boards and maybe my tired old window ledges. Thanks again.

    1. I'd use mineral oil pharmaceutical grade because oils go rancid. I hope this is helpful.

  14. Hi there,
    Really found this to be extremely helpful as it answered a question I had regarding beeswax and furniture. SO my next question is, I have been reading the comments and see that people have been asking questions for quite some time. But you don't answer anyone back. So why is this? Why put up an information tutorial and then not answer any questions people may have?
    Just curious.


    1. I find it odd also after a few years(?) Hope he's ok, but it'd be nice for someone to say something

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