Friday, November 26, 2010

Reader Question: Coat Hooks

"This reminds me of a project I have been stuck on: installing new coat hooks at the back entrance. It is possible to buy a board with coat hooks to attach to the wall, but to buy enough would cost about $300! Instead, I would like to buy a couple of pieces of wood (about 48" x 5" x 1"), screw in some hooks, and then attach the wood to the wall. But I have no saw, sander, etc. I had assumed that the lumber yard would not have appropriate wood for me. Do you think I am wrong? (Do you think they would paint the wood for me too?)" Posted by Cburrell

Dear Gentlereader,

Oh my, $300 and all that work to hang some coats? That's almost enough to employ an elf to do it for you! I am not sure whether I understand your project completely, but I think I get the idea of what you are trying to do and I am pleased to let you know that there are products on the market that have taken most of the work out of this for you.

Did you know that you can buy "boards" with the hooks mounted on them and then just mount the boards onto the wall? If you need a wider width, just purchase a few of them and hang them in succession.

Here are two carried by IKEA, both for well under $20/each. Similar items can be found at places like the Home Depot.
Leksvik Coat Hooks $16.99 at IKEA

Tjusig hooks $12.99 at IKEA

What you will need for this project are the following basic tools:

  1. Drill with bits and a screwdriver
  2. Stud finder
  3. Small level
  4. Screws and drywall plugs
  5. Hammer and measuring tape
Since typically these racks don't come with hardware, you might want to take the whole thing to the store and have someone there help you pick out the right screws and advise you as to whether you need drywall plugs. Another tip is to ask that person which drill bit to use for that hardware and write it down. It will save trying out different bits and possibly drilling a hole that's too big (been there, done that!). 

It will also help to have the stud finder so that you can try to align some of your screws into the wall studs for extra sturdiness.

For those readers with more time on their hands than others, it's worth checking out thrift stores, online auctions, kijiji and the Habitat for Humanity Re-stores for second hand tools. For the rest of us mere mortals who have to pay full price at an ordinary store to save on time, the good news is that they are pretty useful for a variety of basic home projects.

To CBurrell, good luck in your mission!

DIY Rating: 7
It's pretty easy to install this type of coat hook system, 
but it involves some measuring and a level to get it to look good 
and a drill is a key power tool for this one!


  1. Thanks for that advice! I did express myself badly. The coat racks you have pictured are just the sort of thing I am after. At Home Depot they were going to cost $300 for the number of hooks we want, but those IKEA ones are much cheaper. So long as they'll fit our studs (16" apart), I think they could work.

    Thank you.

  2. 16" studs are standard.

    At least you didn't live in our last apartment which was post and beam construction - 6"x6" inch oak beams set 48" inches apart with plaster mixed with hay in-between, all of which had been in place for over 200 years. Mounting a china cabinet to the wall, which had a 2"inch slant off true vertical, nearly ended our newly minted marriage.

  3. My husband and I purchased the tjusig rack and struggled to mount it. Thanks for telling readers that they need to take the rack with them to the hardware store before purchasing the screws. The holes in the rack are smaller than you'd expect, and we had to expand the holes in the plastic to get the screws to fit!


Thank you for visiting The Do-tique. Please let me know what you think - I love hearing from my readers!