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Chevron-Style Coat Rack

Add function and fashion to an entry with a chevron-inspired coat rack you can make from one piece of wood.

One-Board Coat rack

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Jigsaw (or miter saw)
  • Small handsaw
  • Combination square
  • Cordless drill and driver bit
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wood glue
  • Fine-grit sanding sponge
  • 150-grit sandpaper


  • See Project Diagram for lumber required
  • 1-1/2-in flathead wood screws
  • Hollow-wall anchors
  • 3 – Die-cast garment hooks, #62991
  • Rust-Oleum oil stain, half-pint, Sunbleached
  • Rust-Oleum, semigloss polyurethane
  • Sherwin-Williams latex interior primer
  • Sherwin-Williams latex paint, Intense Teal, #SW 6943

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Step 1

From an 8-foot-long tongue and groove board, cut the backs (A) and backs (B) to size by cutting a 45-degree angle on each end of the parts (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). Sand the parts with 150-grit sandpaper. Alternating the parts and interlocking the tongue and groove on the boards will create a chevron pattern.

Good to Know

To make the cuts accurately, use a jigsaw, circular saw, a sliding miter saw, or a handsaw.

Step 2

Apply glue to the edges of the tongues and slip the boards together. Use painter’s tape to hold the parts while the glue dries.

Step 3

Trim the tips of the tongue that extend beyond the top of the coat rack.

Where the tongues extend beyond the grooves at the three peaks (Project Diagram, Drawing 1), trim the material using a handsaw with fine teeth.

Step 4

Remove the painter’s tape and lightly sand the assembled project. Place the garment hooks on the coat rack and drill pilot holes for the screws to prevent splitting the wood or stripping the screws. The garment hooks are centered over the joints between the boards and 4 inches down from the top (Project Diagram, Drawing 1).

Step 5

Apply painter’s tape to the coat rack so you can paint the pattern. Once masked, apply primer and paint to the boards and let dry. Remove the tape and mask off the painted areas. Apply wood stain to the remaining raw wood. When the stain has dried, remove the painter’s tape and apply semigloss polyurethane to the entire coat rack to protect the finish.

Step 6

Lightly sand the polyurethane with a fine-grit sanding sponge and apply a second coat.

Step 7

One board and one afternoon equals one great-looking coat rack you can build. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

To hang the coat rack, drive screws though the areas that will be concealed by the coat hooks into a wall stud, or use hollow-wall anchors. Once the assembly is mounted to the wall, secure the garment hooks to the finished project by driving screws into the pilot holes.