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DIY Accordion Coat Rack

June 12, 2020

It’s an understatement to say that getting a coat rack sorted after moving house is not our strongest point. It’s one of those things that seem to take FOR-EVER and I’m not even sure why! We have lived in our home for 9 months now and all that time any visitor would awkwardly throw their coat over the couch due to a lack of a better option. Anyone else recognise this or are we the only ones? But hey, we just managed to get our act together – and just in case you’re also in the ‘no coat rack’ tribe and you’d like to sort that out: I got you covered. Today I’ll be sharing a full tutorial including lots of progress photos so you can make your very own DIY accordion coat rack too.

In fact, we now not only have 1, but 2 coat racks: one is nicely concealed within our staircase pantry and holds all our jackets and junky items. I’m always one for uncluttered spaces – and even though I’m not the most organised or clutter free person, I’m trying to make the house work for us! I prefer our hallway to have a clean, open and welcoming look. That’s why I also made this second coat rack: one to display pretty things yet sturdy enough to hold plenty of coats when we’re having people over. And this coat rack fits perfect within our style. It’s totally vintage-y yet also works within our clean, modern look.

(Stay tuned for the entire hallway makeover, as I’ll post that one soon when we’ve finished the last details! In the meantime, check out our renovation journey here and here)

This coat rack would look great in any hallway – but fits equally nice in a bedroom or nursery to display some of your favourite items; hang up a pretty bag, some dried flowers and a hat and you’ve got a gorgeous and unique display. Even just hang it up in your laundry room or bathroom for towels, cleaning supplies and natural brushes! I could continue but will stop here; clearly I’m obsessed over this look!

The best thing about this DIY is that it’s fairly easy, inexpensive and will only takes about 2 hours from start to finish! It’s totally adjustable too – you can pick a different type of wood, stain, knobs and adjust the size (make the diamonds bigger or smaller, or more or less of them) to suit your space and taste! I’ve included all the sizes I’ve used for this project and added instructions on how to alter them.

Well, are you ready to get creative? Let’s get started on your DIY accordion coat rack!

DIY Accordion Coat Rack

What you’ll need:

  • 2 pine slats of 9mm x 29mm x 270 cm (I used these)
  • 14mm pine dowel, about 50 cm (I used this one)
  • screws (I used a mixture of some leftover 3cm screws)
  • wood stain or paint (I used this one)
  • old cloth
  • saw + miter box
  • drill + drill bits (I use this one for all my projects)
  • measurement tape

Step 1 – Measure and saw the slats into 6 pieces of 45 cm and 4 pieces of 24 cm. Then saw the pine dowel into 13 angled pieces of 2,5 cm. The angle helps so coats won’t slide off when you hang them. I used a simple miter box to cut at a 45 degree angle. Then sand all the edges for a smooth finish.

Step 2 – Use a small wood drill to drill holes through the pieces at the following points (measured from one side):

45 cm pieces: at 1.4 cm, 22.5 cm and 43.6 cm

24 cm pieces: at 1.4cm and 22.6 cm

Also pre-drill a few mm into the dowel pieces, right in the centre. This will help avoid sliding and the wood splitting when you attach them.

Step 3 – Stain all the pieces using a wood stain of your choice. I find it easiest to use an old cloth – simply dip into the stain and wipe unto the wood. Let dry before continuing (this may very hugely between products, I could continue pretty much straight away but read the instructions on your tin).

Step 4 – Time to assemble! First, arrange the pieces so you know how it will fit together – the long pieces go in the middle (3 on the bottom, 3 on top) and the smaller pieces create the end diamonds. Now attach them with a screw from the back. Don’t drive the screws in all the way just yet – just enough so they stick out.

Step 5 – Now add the dowel pieces – place one on top of the screw and then tighten the screw. This can be a little fiddly with a drill so you might find it easier to use a screwdriver. You can use some wood glue if you feel the pieces could use a bit of extra strength, especially if you are planning to use it for heavier coats.

Step 6 – Arrange the diamond shape to your liking and secure it on the wall. I used four L-hook screws to hang it up. All you need now it some coats or pretty items and you’re done!

Adjustments

  • It’s simple to make this coat rack longer – for each extra diamond shape, you need to add 2 45cm slat pieces and 3 dowel pieces to the instructions. The opposite goes for making it shorter – simply deduct 2 45cm slat pieces and 3 dowel pieces to create a 3-diamond shape.
  • You can use slats that have different measurements (although I wouldn’t go much thinner to keep things sturdy!). Drill the holes on the ends at 1/2 the width of the slat, so if you’re opting for a 4cm wide slat then drill the holes at 2 cm. Drill the centre hole in the very middle of the slat (so total length/2).
  • To make the diamond shapes bigger or smaller than the one I made here, you first need to decide the length of the longest slat piece. To calculate the length of the smaller piece, simple divide by 2 and add 1/2 the width of the slat. So for example: if you like to make them smaller, say 40 cm and use a 3cm wide slat, your smaller pieces would be (40/2)+ (1/2×3) = 21.5cm long.
  • Use a stain or paint that suits your style! You can also exchange the dowel hooks for any other style hook that you attach with screw from the back. Get creative!

I hope you got excited to try this out for yourself! Leave a comment down below if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them! Also, don’t forget to save these to your Pinterest board for a later project idea and tag @eatyourdailygreens on Instagram to show off your DIY coat racks! Can’t wait to see your creations 😀

Eve x

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