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

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

Tara Bellucci
Feb 2, 2014
(Image credit: Ginger & The Huth)

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)
(Image credit: Ginger & The Huth)

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)


(Image credit: Dorris Huth)

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.

(Image credit: Dorris Huth)
(Image credit: Dorris Huth)

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

(Image credit: Dorris Huth)

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.

(Image credit: Dorris Huth)

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

(Image credit: Dorris Huth)

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

(Image credit: Dorris Huth)

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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