DIY Coat Rack ~ Farmhouse Style

Do you have the itch to learn some basic woodworking skills? I have a project for you today that will not only be a great way to start, but also will provide you storage, and makes for a great gift. What could be better right? Let’s get our building skills on with this DIY coat rack. (or towel rack)

Build This Custom Coat or Towel Rack with this Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

*post is sponsored by Rustic Brands and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

I’m stoked to share this with you because this is one of those builds that can be tweaked to fit any style in any home. It’s sorts like a building block to so many more projects. Ready to build this DIY coat rack?

Here is what you’ll need:



To start, understand that when you buy lumber that is labeled 1″ x 10″ x 10′ it is actually ¾” x 9 ½ x 10′. Why they do that I’ll never know. Thankfully when you cut your board in half it is actually 60″. Whew! Some things to consider for those with varied levels of woodworking experience. You could route the edges for a decorative touch, you could run a bead on the top board for a plate rack, or even tweak the size to fit any amount of hooks you need. This tutorial is just a simple reference to get you started.

To cut my board I used one of my favorite new tools, a 5″ cordless circular saw by Ryobi. (see tools above) It’s perfect for a beginner or a pro because it’s relatively lightweight and so easy to use. Once you have cut your boards, lighting sand the edges smooth.

Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw | Prodigal Pieces |

For this project, I used my Kreg Jig to connect the two boards together. If you have ever debated on purchasing this set, I am telling you I have easily gotten my money’s worth. See all my Kreg projects HERE. You can put the boards together using a drill and screws or nails, but that is much more difficult to do, especially by yourself. It can be done though! (ask me how I know)  😉

To make the joint, first find center of one of your boards (30″) and mark. Measure 14″ from center in each direction two times. You should have 5 marks on your board as shown below. Drill 5 pocket holes having your bit bushing set to ¾” and your Kreg Jig depth set to the same.

Kreg Joints for DIY Coat Rack by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comNext, apply a bead of wood glue to your top edge of your board. Then, using your right angle clamp, hold the boards together with edges flush and attach using your screws. If you don’t have the clamp, lay your top board upside down on a surface and line up the edges as shown. Wipe off any excess glue with a rag.

Attaching Top Board to DIY Coat Rack by Prodigal Pieces |

At this point, you have several different options: (1) stain in your favorite stain (2) paint (3) add any typography or stenciling…the options are limitless.

While the joint you create is sturdy, we’re going to add a couple of decorative brackets to add extra strength and flair. You could also use corbels as well (another addiction of mine). I chose these gorgeous iron brackets and hooks from Rustic Brands. If you’re not familiar with their products, I have used them in many of my furniture makeovers as seen in these posts. And the best part is that the owner, Debbie, is the sweetest soul.

Decorative Cast Iron Brackets and Hooks by Rustic Brands | Prodigal Pieces |

To attach the brackets, simply measure 2″ in from each end and attach with the screws provided.

Attaching Decorative Brackets to DIY Coat Rack | Prodigal Pieces |

We’re nearly done! (fist pump action going on  😀 ) All that is left are the hooks. To get their placement, measure between the inside edge of your brackets and find center and mark. This length will vary depending on the brackets you use.

Finding Center or Rustic Coat Rack by Prodigal Pieces |

Once you’ve marked the center, measure from center to a bracket and divide that area by 3. Mark and measure for the opposite side just as you did for this side.

Spacing Hooks for this Custom Built DIY Coat Rack by Prodigal Pieces |

All you need to do now is attach your hooks and you’re set. Place them about an inch or less up from the bottom. Placement will again depend on your choice of hook.

Finished DIY Coat Rack Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces |

To mount the rack on the wall, you can either find your studs (in older homes it can be as wide as 24″) and drill holes accordingly. Or starting at center measure 8″ in both directions, then 16″ from those points. You will want to make four holes at 16″ intervals (standard stud spacing). It’s important this rack be mounted into studs because of the weight of the object itself plus the weight it will be holding. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than your screws, and use screws that is at least 2″ long.

And your DIY coat rack is done!

Custom Build this Coat Rack for Your Home with this Easy Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Coat Rack with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Perfect for your entry, laundry, bathroom, bedroom, and more.

Reclaimed Barn Wood Coat Rack DIY by Prodigal Pieces |

Country Farmhouse Style Coat Rack Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

If you’re in love with that hardware from Rustic Brands as I am, use the code PRODIGAL20 at checkout to receive 20% off your first order. And there’s not just hardware there. You’ll find home Decor, like cotton wreaths, and novelties too.

Farmhouse Entry with DIY Coat Rack Plans by Prodigal Pieces |

Not into DIY? I have this exact shelf ready for purchase in my shop. (SOLD)

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My hope is that this is a project that you will try to help you get acquainted with tools and woodworking. This simple design can be the building block to so much more.

Do pin and share for your own future reference and inspire others to do the same.

Build a Custom Coat or Towel Rack with these DIY Building Plans by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I’ve got a thrifty makeover for you with this plant stand that, well…needs a little loving, wouldn’t you say? HEAD HERE to see.

Thrifted Plant Stand Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |
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  • Victoria

    May God bless your work. Continue to shine your wonderful gifts of creativity with so many. I for one admire all that you do, family, homeschooling,your work, and your faith in God. You are like a clean breath of fresh air. Thank you!!!!!

    November 15, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful way to start my day. Thank you so much!

      November 15, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Oo, Larissa! That sounds easy! I have the Ryobi cordless saw and I’m learning to use it! (Love my Ryobi tools!). Now I want a Kreg jig! Going to put it on my Christmas list! Thank you for the excellent tutorial. So glad you are not letting the negativity stop you.

    November 15, 2016 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Cathy Klose

    Gorgeous! I want me some power tools for the Holidays!!! Enjoy the day!

    November 15, 2016 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both, Cathy. #toolsoverjewels 😀

      November 15, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Jacki ~ Junqinista

    Your coat rack looks great. I have some very similar brackets that I got from a little store in my town, and I’ve been hoarding them ever since. I even got more when Hubby gave me a gift certificate from the same store. I do use two of them for a big curtain rod over my (drafty) door, and the rest will make great curtain holders over windows when he gets inspired. Thanks for the inspiration – new mud room and porch, here we come!

    November 15, 2016 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like a gal after my own heart, Jacki. I love your side name! 😀

      November 15, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    It is really nice, love the old wood. Thanks as always for explaining the tools you use and why. I have been thinking of the Kreg and as newer woodworker your thoughts are valuable to me.

    November 15, 2016 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Kari

    I love this! Perfect timing too as 2 days ago I found some horse head coat hooks in my stash that I want to do this with! On lumber sizes that difference used to drive me crazy too then I learned the sizes r what they r when cut green, they shrink as the wood dries n makes sense. You can Google “actual lumber dimensions” n get a chart for all sizes.

    November 15, 2016 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Ya know, I had heard that about the lumber and just never looked it up. Still doesn’t make sense to me as I don’t care what size it is at cutting, just what I need to know to make. hahahaha….

      November 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Vangie

    Love the shelf. Kreg jig is on my Christmas list. If you do not have a saw Lowes will cut tbe board for you. Look forward to seeing your post. Know that we are all standing with you. Bless you.

    November 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Vangie. Yes, Home Depot (my second home) does that too. Thanks for reminding me!

      November 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Patty

    Love the shelf and coat rack, so cute. You are so talented and such a good person and I think a lot of times when someone bully’s or makes unkind comments it is because they are jealous and feel really bad about themselves and or their lives. Please, please don’t give any of these people a second thought. There is a reason you are so blessed and it is not because you sat around feeling sorry for yourself. You have worked hard and you and your husband are raising your children hands on and doing a wonderful job from education to life skills and always keeping God first and giving thanks for all your blessings, so feel good about yourself and your wonderful blog and all the people you help right here in blog world. I for one have learned so much from you and I thank you so much.

    November 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are such a wonderful person to take the time to support me. Thank you so much, Patty.

      November 16, 2016 at 6:32 am Reply

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