DIY Room Decor: How To Make a Herringbone Wall Coat Rack

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Corralling everyone's coats, bags, and hats can be quite the task. Dorris shares how to make a rustic herringbone wall rack that is up to the challenge.

Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: Weekend project
Project Cost: Around $50 (mostly the hardware)

What You Need


  • 1/4" plywood (1 sheet)
  • 2/3' plywood (2 small pieces)
  • 12' of 1x6 boards
  • Scrap wood for the herringbone pattern (Dorris used ripped 2x4, old wood flooring, and pallet wood)
  • Hook hardware
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • Poly-acrylic sealant
  • Wood filler
  • Screws
  • Nails


  • Nail gun (or a hammer, nail and nail punch)
  • Drill
  • Speed square
  • Clamps
  • Mitre saw for cutting the herringbone angles
  • Table Saw (If you don't have one, your local home improvement store can make the cuts for you)


1. Make the frame: Put a 2' by 4' frame together using the 1x6 boards. Glue and nail gun at the joints to secure everything.

2. Add the back: Secure 3/4" plywood onto the back side of the frame with glue and nails.

3. Make a base for your pattern: Glue and nail a sheet of 1/4" plywood onto the 3/4" plywood. This is what the scrap herringbone pattern is glued onto.

4. Cut and and place your herringbone pieces in a desired pattern on the plywood base.

5. When you are happy with the design, glue down the herringbone wood pieces.

6. Stain and seal the coat rack, and add your hardware.

For more info and photos, check out Dorris' blog, Ginger & the Huth.

Thanks, Dorris!

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(Image credits: Ginger & The Huth; Dorris Huth)