How to Build a Coat Tree How to Build a Coat Tree

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Foot post (usually 4 x 4 x 8)
Plywood (2 x 2)
Nails, screws and hooks
Building materials (saw, hammer, screwdrivers and drill)

A coat tree placed in your home's entryway is a convenient and welcoming sight. Most visitors arrive with a coat, jacket or hat and a handy coat rack saves you having to stow their belongs in a closet or bedroom and then having to retrieve them later. To save the expense of buying a premade coat tree you can build on your own in just a couple of hours.

Step 1: Buying Materials

Visit your local hardware or home improvement store to buy the materials you need. While you're there take advantage of the sales associates' expertise to get tips on the most durable parts and as well as suggestions for the building process.

Step 2: Measuring

In this step, you will need your measuring tape to make the necessary lines for the plywood and the post. Use a pencil to mark your measurements and to draw the line. Make sure that the lines are visible so that you can following them when cutting the materials. If you cut the materials incorrectly, you will have wasted time, money and materials.

Step 3: Cutting the Parts

After making the necessary measurements, you should be able to come up with a plywood which has an X drawn on it. This is because you will be cutting them into four rectangles. After you have made the cuts, cut off the tip of the triangle. This will make way for the post and the triangles you cut will serve as the base of your coat tree.

Step 4: Building the Foundation

Once you have cut all the pieces, it is now time to assemble the foundation of the coat tree. At this time, you have 4 pieces of rectangular-shaped plywood and one square. Place the post at the center of the square plywood and nail it underneath. But before you nail it, put some wood glue to make sure it stays in place. After nailing it, cover the base of the coat tree with 4 pieces of rectangular plywood. Use wood glue and nail to make a pyramid shape.

Step 5: Putting the Hooks

Once the base is firm and sturdy, drill holes for the screws and attach the hooks on the post. Make sure the distances between the hooks are equal and are distributed in a manner that when the coats are hung, they will not overlap each other.

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