How to Install a Mounted Coat Rack

An antique coat rack
What You'll Need
Coat rack
Drill and drill bits
Drywall anchors
Tape measure
Stud finder

Not only is a mounted coat rack a functional option for guests to hang their coats, but also it’s an ideal space for hanging other items you don't want to lose, like hats and keys, as well. Plus, it doesn’t take up valuable floor space. Whether you build your own wall-mounted coat rack or purchase one, read the directions that follow to install it.

Step 1 – Decide Where You Want to Install It

Before beginning, you should decide on the perfect place to install your rack. You could install one next to your door, for leaving hats and keys, or one in your child's bedroom to keep coats off the floor. Wherever you choose to install it, make sure you incorporate it into your decor.

Step 2 – Find a Stud

First, use a stud finder to find at least one stud behind the drywall. If the coat rack is long enough, longer than about 18 inches, try to find two studs. When using only one stud, try to center the rack over the single stud.

Step 3 – Measure and Mark the Holes

In some cases, the coat rack won't come with any pre-drilled holes. If this is your case, space three holes evenly with a tape measure and a pencil. The center hole will be used to attach the coat rack to a stud, and the other two holes will use wall anchors to add support in the drywall.

If the rack already has holes or brackets, you can move on to measuring the dimensions. Then, transpose the measurements to the wall and mark it with a pencil. Use a level to make sure the hole marks are straight.

Step 4 – Drill the Holes

With a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws you're using, drill the holes into the rack if you need them. In the wall, use the same bit for the hole over the stud. But, for the two wall-anchor holes, use a drill bit a little smaller in diameter than the plastic wall anchors you will insert into the drywall. Then, firmly insert the two plastic wall anchors into the new drywall holes.

Step 5 – Hang the Coat Rack

Align the coat rack and make sure the holes you drilled on the right and left sides of the rack line up with the two plastic wall anchors. Then, drive the screws through the coat rack and into the wall.

Start with the holes for the plastic wall anchors, but do not tighten them completely yet. Then, screw in the center stud, tightening the screw. Finally, tighten both the left and right screws.

Step 6 – Check for Stability

Whether you plan to hang coats or keys on the rack, you should check it first for stability. Gently try to pull the rack away from the wall. It shouldn’t move. If it moves, even slightly, you may not have drilled into the stud properly.