HOW TO PUT UP A COAT HOOK RACK – It’s always nice to keep the cloak room tidy and what better way than to put up a coat hook rack so that you and your kids can hang your coats neatly. In this DIY Carpentry Guide we show you how to put up a coat hook rack with easy to follow steps.
The first thing you need to consider is the type of wall you will be fixing your coat rack to. For example if you have a masonry wall you will need the appropriate drill bit, raw plugs and screws. If you have a plasterboard wall then you will need to buy suitable raw plugs and screws to ensure a firm fixing.
Tip: When hanging heavy objects on a plasterboard wall, such as kitchen cabinets, use anchor screws as these are specifically designed to hold up heavy objects on plasterboard walls.
Take your coat hook and and measure up from the skirting or baseboard to the height you want your coat hook rail and mark this point with a pencil. The height of your coat hook rack is important – make sure it’s not too high for the kids to reach. It’s a good idea, if you have very young children to have two coat hook racks, one for the adults (which you can place at a comfortable height) and one for the children so they can reach with ease.
If you buy a coat hook rack they invariably come complete with board, hooks and fixings. However, if you want a tailor made solution then see our guide: How to Make a Coat Hook Rack
Take your coat hook rack and place it along the line, at the height, that you marked. Make sure this is level by placing a spirit level on the rack.
Once it is at the desired height and it is level you can mark the screw holes on the wall using a pencil. Remove the coat hook rack and you’ll see all the holes you marked ready for drilling.
Take a power drill and drill the holes. With plasterboard you won’t have to worry how deep you drill as you will be inserting a toggle plug or other type of raw plug designed specifically for plasterboard – if in doubt ask the staff at your local DIY Store.
If you are drilling into concrete or masonry then you only want to drill to the depth of the raw plug you will be inserting. You can achieve this by placing the raw plug on the drill bit and then wrapping a piece of masking tape around the drill bit where the top of the raw plug meets. Now when you drill into the wall you will know when to stop drilling when you reach the masking tape.
Once you have drilled all the holes place your raw plugs in the holes and tap home and flush to the wall with a hammer. Do not force the raw plug in or hammer too hard as this will damage the raw plug.
Take your coat hook rack and place this back on the wall and over the screw holes. Now fix the coat hook rack to the wall with the screws.
Test your new coat hook rack by hanging a few coats.