How to Build a Wooden Hat Rack

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Sand paper
Paint brush

Building a wooden hat rack is an easy and cost effective process. There are several steps that need to be taken before the task can be completed. The first step is to measure the length of the desired wooden hat rack. If several hats are to be hung, then it makes sense to build two small ones instead of a single large one. Determine how much space needs to be left between any two hats. Baseball caps generally take up less space as compared to cowboy hats. The type of hats to be stored will help in deciding the amount of space that needs to be left between individual hats.

Step 1 - Pick a Suitable Design

The most important aspect to building the right hat rack is picking a suitable design. In case space constraints do not allow for using a horizontal hat rack, then the best design is to use a vertical hat rack. A pole design with a small footprint is mostly a very good choice.

Step 2 - Measure the Length

Start off by deciding on the right hat rack length. The rack should be sufficiently high keeping in mind that certain amount of space will have to be left between knobs so that hats can be hung without being crushed or having their shapes changed. A 6 feet high hat rack is often good enough.

Step 3 - Cut the Wood

Using a jigsaw, cut the wood to a length and width that is adequate and the ideal shape should be tall and slim. Standard sized hat racks can be created by cutting 1 by 4 inch wood to a length of 72 inches. Of course, the dimensions can also be altered to suit individual needs.

Step 4 - Drill Holes

Take the wood and drill several uniformly spaced holes into it. These holes will be used for fitting protrusions and should be 1/8 inches in diameter and are best made with the help of a jigsaw. The protrusions should ideally be about 1 inch long and 1/8 inch wide.

Step 5 - Add Some Character

Finally, add a little character to the rack. The best way is to place hooks and knobs in alternative positions. Doing this will make it possible to hang the hats at various lengths and it also allows for hanging hats of different sizes in a more attractive manner. Providing additional space in which to hang other accessories such as scarves and even belts is another good idea.

Step 6 - Sand the Wood

Sand the wood and then remove the dust with the help of tack cloths. Next, stain the wood to a color that matches the overall décor of the room.

Though building a wooden hat rack may seem to be a difficult task at first, it will soon become apparent that the task is a lot simpler than was feared. For anyone that has rudimentary handyman skills, building such a rack will certainly prove to be fun, exciting and help to save money.