Do you have a coat rack near your front door? I didn’t for the longest time and somehow my families jackets, backpacks and other out of the house necessities would always end up bundled in a corner or worse, lost and nowhere to be found. Since those days, I have insisted that a coat rack be close to the door to hold not only jackets and backpacks but other essentials like umbrellas. I always want to know that I know where these things are so that we can get out of the door quickly – I mean, there are so many other things that hold us up in the mornings. I don’t want lost jackets to cause an additional problem.
So, I started thinking that maybe you could use a bit of coat rack magic yourself and I found these 25 amazing DIY coat racks that will definitely brighten up your entryway. Some of these are also great for back doors in kitchens or mud rooms and for kids’ rooms to help them keep their own jackets and things organized and put away. I do love a good DIY project and these are some of the best. They’re really easy and many of them can be made with materials that you probably already have on hand. Some of them are upcycles and speaking of upcycling, be sure to take a look at these 25 gorgeous projects to upcycle old teacups.
Even if you already have a coat tree by your front door, these coat racks are going to give you additional organization right there where it all happens…as soon as you walk into the door. There are some really adorable ones for kids, made from safari animals and other fun things, and some gorgeous ones that you will definitely want to hang right near the front door where you can show them off. Plus, there are different styles so you will find the perfect DIY coat rack whether you prefer the industrial look, modern furnishings or you really like a rustic farmhouse look. And, be sure to check out these 60 DIY barn door projects that will also add some rustic farmhouse flair to your home.
1. Safari Animal Coat Rack
This coat rack is made with plastic safari animals and it is perfect for a kids’ bedroom or your mudroom. I found this one on Etsy and it is made from repurposed plastic animals and a slab of wood. It is really adorable and so easy to make, unless you just prefer to buy. In that case, you can get this one for around $35.
2. Upcycled Scrap Wood Chevron Coat Rack
Not only does this coat rack have a great chevron pattern, but you make it with upcycled scraps of wood. It has a great rustic look to it and it is perfect for adding to your DIY farmhouse décor and furniture. It’s pretty easy to build, too and won’t take you longer than a couple of hours to finish.
3. Cute DIY Animal Hooks
Here is another adorable animal themed coat track that is perfect for a little one’s bedroom. They can use this to keep backpacks and jackets neatly put away and it is really easy to make. You just use animal templates to paint on your animal pictures and then the hooks double as tails – how adorable is that? You just need a one by six board and some paint to make this one.
4. Simple DIY Letter Coat Rack
You use wire to construct the lettering that you want on this coat rack and then attach it to a heavy wire base. This is great for kids’ rooms or you could do something along the lines of “Welcome” to hang in your entry or foyer. You could also use a wooden base instead of wire to give it more of a rustic country look if you prefer.
5. Upcycled Headboard Message Center Coat Rack
Turn an old headboard into a gorgeous coat rack that also doubles as a message center for your family. I love chalkboard paint projects and this may be one of my favorites. You use chalkboard paint to create the message center and then add pegs for hanging coats, umbrellas, backpacks and other items. How cool is this? And, it is super easy to make and since you make it from an old headboard, it’s also really cheap to make.
6. Industrial Insulator Coat Rack
This coat rack made from insulators is great for the front or back porch or you could even hang it inside if you wanted to. It’s pretty easy to make. You use glass insulators and pegs to create the coat rack and then attach it all to a piece of board or molding. This is a really simple coat rack to DIY. It won’t take you long at all to make and it’s perfect if you want the industrial look.
7. Repurposed Drawer Knob Coat Rack
This neat coat rack is made by attaching drawer knobs to a board and it is so lovely. You can use matching or mismatched knobs to achieve whatever look you want. This is a great way to add some shabby chic décor to your home and it is a really easy coat rack to make. Plus, if you are redoing cabinets, doors or dressers, you can reuse the knobs from those and save some money.
8. Vintage Framed Yardstick Coat Rack
I love the look of this vintage yardstick coat rack. It has such a wonderful old farmhouse or general store look to it. It is perfect if you are adding farmhouse décor to your home. I found this one on Etsy and it’s pretty cheap at just under $50, or you could totally make it yourself if you can find some old yardsticks to use. I would check with local thrift stores and flea markets.
9. Easy DIY Coat Tree
If you have the room, why not make your very own coat tree? These are great for putting right inside the front door and this one is super easy to make. You use dowels and something to tie them all together. It’s a simple coat tree with a great contemporary look and you can paint it whatever color you need to match your existing décor or leave it plain.
10. DIY Upcycled Twig And Stick Coat Rack
If you truly want a rustic coat rack and you want something that is really easy and cheap to make, this upcycled twig and stick coat rack is perfect. You make it literally with twigs and sticks that you pick up from your yard. Just attach the sticks to a board and then paint however you want. The twigs make little “trees” that hold your coats. This is a great coat rack to get that farmhouse look. There are so many wonderful DIY home and garden projects with twigs and sticks.
11. Easy DIY Zig Zag Coat Rack
You can buy these zig zag coat racks all day long at department stores, but why would you spend that kind of money when you can just make one yourself? This one is pretty easy to make and you have the option of customizing it with paint or stain. Plus, you can make it as short or as long as you need, just use more or less strips of wood. It’s a great look and very traditional and won’t cost you nearly as much to make as it would to buy.
12. DIY Modern Cityscape Coat Rack
I really love the look of this modern cityscape coat rack. It’s a pretty easy coat rack to make and it is perfect if you have a more contemporary look to your home. If you love New York City – or any other large metropolis for that matter – this is a great coat rack to have displayed in your entryway. It’s got such a great abstract look too that is perfect for pairing with your other abstract art.
13. DIY Marbled Accordion Coat Rack
If you have one of those old fashioned accordion coat racks, you can turn it into something new and exciting with just a little paint. Don’t worry if you don’t have one on hand. You can get these at the Dollar Store for just a few dollars each and then turn then into something that looks much more expensive. I love the marbled look – it is so elegant and fancy and perfect for the entry.
14. Rustic Barn Wood Coat Rack Shelf
What better coat rack to go along with your rustic décor than one made from barn wood? This one is also a shelf and it is perfect for adding that hint of farmhouse to your entryway. Plus, you make this one completely from upcycled wood so it’s also really cheap to make. The old wood doesn’t even have to be weathered – you can do that yourself and give it a wonderful barn wood look that you are going to love.
15. Aluminum Sheeting Coat Rack
You would never believe by looking at it that this coat rack is made from aluminum sheeting. It’s absolutely gorgeous and perfect for your entryway, kitchen or mud room. You add wood to the outer edges to frame it in and this one also helps you to get things organized. You can put hooks on it for keys and other things that you need on hand and add your coat hooks as well.
16. DIY Copper Coat Rack
This copper coat rack is more like a laundry rack but it will certainly work to hold coats in the entryway. You make it completely from iron pipes, which aren’t terribly cheap so this is a better project if you have copper piping already on hand. This is a nice looking coat rack though and does add a nice little hint of industrial charm to your home. Plus, it is really easy to put together if you have the supplies.
17. Taxidermy Coat Rack
You don’t have to be a taxidermist – or visit one – to get this great taxidermy coat rack. You can make it yourself and you don’t even have to be a hunter to get the antlers. You can find them online on Etsy and other stores – or you can get faux ones at most craft stores. Then you use them to create a really rustic coat rack that is sure to spark some conversation. And if you have taxidermy items throughout your home, this coat rack will fit in perfectly.
18. Quick And Simple DIY Driftwood Coat Rack
All you need to make this coat rack is a piece of driftwood. This is one of the easiest and cheapest coat racks that you could make yourself and it looks great for your rustic or coastal home. Whatever look you are trying to achieve, this one will give it to you. And did I mention how very easy it is to make?
19. Upcycled Old Key And Lock Coat Rack
Those old keys that you have that you don’t know what they go to – we all have those old useless keys – can be turned into the most creative coat rack. You use old locks with this one and put the keys into the locks to make the hooks for hanging your coats. This is seriously the most unique coat rack that I have ever seen and it is a great way to use up all of those old keys.
20. Simple One Board Coat Rack
This one board coat rack may be the easiest one to make yet. Not only is it just one board – it’s just one piece. You don’t have to do any nailing or gluing. It’s a standalone piece that you can prop up in a corner or lean against a wall – or if you really want to be inventive, you can figure out a way to hang this one on the wall or the back of your front door.
21. Recycled Tool Coat Rack
Here is a great coat rack for the garage or a man cave. It’s made from old tools – old screwdrivers to be exact and it has a really nice manly look to it, don’t you think? I love all of the colors, although you could adjust the color to make it better match your existing décor. This one is super easy to make and a great way to use up old broken tools – or new cheap ones. And if you are using old tools, there is a great method for electrolytic rust removal that you just have to try.
22. Quick And Easy Teepee Coat Stand
This standalone coat stand is super easy to make and it has a wonderfully unique look. You can use whatever you want to hide the center – where the poles are held together – and this gives you the perfect chance to customize this one however you want it. You could also paint your poles if you wanted and even add some extra embellishments to make it really look unique.
23. DIY Vintage Wooden Shoe Stretcher Coat Rack
Old wooden shoe stretchers are a wonderful material to build a unique coat rack. I love the entire look of this one and it’s really easy to make. Imagine having this hanging up behind your front door! It has such a great old world feel to it and if you don’t happen to have any vintage wooden shoe stretchers, check online yard sales and auctions as well as your local thrift stores.
24. Cheap And Easy Wooden Peg Coat Rack
Just a wooden board and a few wooden pegs are all you need to create the simplest and cheapest coat rack that you can hang behind your front door. This is also a great one for the mud room or for bedrooms. You can hang them on the backside of bedroom doors to hold jackets, backpacks and even bathrobes and keep everything perfectly organized.
25. DIY Wrapping Paper Coat Rack
Oh the things that you can do with some pretty paper! Just take a look at this amazing DIY coat rack. You decorate it with wrapping paper – or you could use wallpaper or scrapbook paper if that’s what you have on hand. Just choose a pattern that you really love and create the coat rack that you really want. This one is super easy and I haven’t seen a more unique looking one in any store.