The default coat-storage "solution" during holiday parties is to throw people's (more-than-likely GROSS) coats on your bed. Do you really want people's potentially disgusting coats sitting where you sleep? Didn't think so. Meantime, if you're in the habit of dumping coats on your couch when you get home, you're clearly unaware of just how dirty the coat you wear on a daily basis can be. Here are TOH's top 6 DIY coatrack plans. In just a few hours, you can create a handsome piece that will keep outerwear at the entry and cut clutter, too. -Tabitha Sukhai, thisoldhouse.com
1. A traditional (and flexible!) coatrack design that you can modify to suit your storage needs
DIY Coat Racks
In half a day you can assemble stock lumber and a newel post to create an elegant place to hang your hat. Here's How to Build a Coatrack, the TOH Step-by-Step
2. A small-space solution for a tiny entry (and it kind of looks like a sled, doesn't it? Which is cool...because "winter")
Small-space coat rack
TOH general contractor Tom Silva made this one from 1× lumber and embellished it with a couple of strips of decorative, fluted door casing, available in a range of profiles and materials at home centers. Double coat hooks and wire storage baskets for holding mail, gloves, and miscellany maximize storage space, and the board-and-batten-like design protects the underlying wall from dings and dents. Here's How to Build a Wall-Mounted Coatrack.
3. Bet on built-in storage to tidy the entry with a handsome mudroom bench
Built-in mudroom bench
Messy, wet rain-soaked umbrellas and raincoats can warp hardwood floors and stain your best rugs. You need a stopping area just inside the door where everyone can leave the weather behind. This handsome entry hall built-in, made of plywood, shelf panels, and layered moldings, is the perfect catchall, complete with an open top shelf, coat hooks, and flip-top bench storage. Here's How to Build a Mudroom Bench.
4. A charming alternative to hooks in a stylish salvage coatrack design
Salvage doorknob coat rack
For this project, six vintage metal doorknobs and their matching rosette backplates were used to make a toss-and-go coatrack. A piece of salvaged chestnut trim stands in as the base. Get it done in a couple of hours with How to Make a Doorknob Coatrack.
5. A gorgeous salvaged-column coat tree that your guests will envy
A handsome salvage design coat rack
Columns are a bedrock of traditional architecture, and most American columns found from the past century or so are made of wood. For this reuse project, a single column is fitted with shapely brass hooks and stood up on a new plinth base to create a six-foot-tall coat tree. Get the step-by-step in How to Build a Salvaged-Column Coatrack.
6. The Three-Step Coatrack
This timeless accent piece is more than just a catchall for outer layers. It's a welcome addition to any entryway, providing seasonal storage without the commitment of installing a wall-mount rack. The Arts and Crafts-inspired example here has clean lines that feel at home in a house from any era. Get the step-by-step in How to Build a Standing Coatrack.