Every home needs a spot to hang things. In colder climates, it might be hats and coats. In warmer climates, it might be as simple as caps and the dog’s leash. But regardless of where you live, you need someplace to hang things up so they’re not just lying around on the floor or on furniture.
You can head out and buy one. In our experience, most are mass-produced and look rather ordinary while the nice ones are expensive. If you have access to some fallen branches, you can easily turn them into a one-of-a-kind coat rack. This is a great way to add a unique touch to your home while also upcycling materials that would otherwise go to waste.
Few things are as satisfying as creating something with your own hands. Beyond helping you save money, crafting your own coat rack will give you something to “hang” your laurels on, literally! And for this project, you’ll certainly be spending less money than you would be buying an off-the-shelf coat rack that’s exactly like a thousand others in a thousand other homes.
Instead of letting those fallen branches rot or turning them into firewood, transform them into something useful for your home. A great example is this inexpensive coat rack.
If you’ve been wanting to add a coat rack to the home you just ran out of excuses because this project is perfect for you! Even though it’s unique, it’s easy and very inexpensive since the materials are easily found around you. All you need are some timber boards from your previous projects and some fallen branches!
This coat rack is perfect for small hallways as it doesn’t take up any floor space. The top of the rack can also be used as a shelf, providing even more storage space in a small area. This is a great way to keep your hallway organized and tidy.
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Need a place to hang your coats and caps? Why not build this DIY branch coat rack?
- Branching Branches
- 1/2″ or 3/4″ Plywood/Hardwood
- 2 Hanging Hanging Hooks
- Hand Saw
- Table Saw or Miter Saw – to cut the frame (optional)
Cut the branches to the appropriate height depending on the size of your rack. If you have a smaller rack, you’ll want to cut the branches shorter so they don’t stick out as much. If you have a larger rack, you can leave the branches longer for a more dramatic effect.
To ensure your branches stand upright inside the frame, trim the ends before placing them inside. This will give your arrangement a polished look.
In addition to trimming sharp tips where coats would be hung, it is also important to take measures to secure any other areas of the coat rack that may pose a safety hazard. This may include sanding down any rough edges or securing loose parts.
Use your available saw to cut your boards to size. At this point, depending on the material you are using for the frame, you can sand and paint the boards to your desired finish.
Depending on your preference hammer/screw all the branches on one side, as shown in the pictures. If you are going for the screws, make sure to drill pilot holes first.
After attaching all the branches to one side, attach the side frames first before the bottom/top frame. And of course, don’t forget to secure the branches to this other side 🙂
It’s that easy! Now you can mount it on your wall using hooks. 🙂