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How to Build Your Own Coat Tree

With family and friends arriving at your door this holiday, you will need space to hang coats, hats, and scarves. A coat tree saves space in your closet and is a pretty and functional design element. It is also a handy way to add additional storage without having to nail or drill into your walls.
Coat Tree
Coat Tree
Coat trees come in many styles from rustic to modern and any price range. You can build your own coat tree in a few hours with just a few items.
  1. Start with a 4-in. x 4-in., 6-foot post. They are available in many wood types. Red oak is a good choice for most applications and design styles. You can also use a 6-foot baluster or decorative column – the choice is up to you.
  2. For legs, choose one of the many table legs/feet from Van Dyke's. We offer a great selection of sizes and styles.
  3. Top your tree with a wood or metal finial from Van Dyke’s great selection.
  4. Now add the hooks. Van Dyke’s has one of the largest selections of hooks available anywhere with literally hundreds to choose from.
We’ve pinned some examples of great coat trees to inspire your creativity.

If you have the wall space, you can make a coat rack from many items you already have at home.
Coat Tree
Coat Tree
Place hooks along the bottom of a shelf.

Turn a mirror on its side and add hooks.

Paint a piece of scrap wood, add hooks and place on the wall in your mud room or entryway.

For a nautical theme, put hooks in an old oar and hang on the wall.

An old window pane is a great wall decoration that you can add hooks on the bottom.
Most anything can be made into a coat rack by adding hooks. The ideas and applications are as varied as our imaginations. Pin your examples on our Pinterest Board: Customer Before & After, and they may be featured in a future Van Dyke’s newsletter!
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