Used skis can be a great way to enhance the aesthetic and feel of your apartment or home. While many people feel that used skis should just be discarded or sold, other people wish to keep them because of the sentimental attachment that they have to them or for the purpose of changing the appearance of their interior space. With just a few small adjustments and using tools that most people have at home already, you can turn a used ski or a set of skis into unique coat racks which can be attached along the wall in your home or outside as well.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Used ski(s)
- Metal hooks with glue-on bases or screw bases
- Electric drill and various size drill bits
- Industrial strength glue
- Wall fasteners with screw bases
- Measuring tape and marker
Step 1 - Remove the Bindings
Attach the hooks directly to the top portion of the ski, so it's important to first remove the bindings from the ski itself. Use a screwdriver to carefully unscrew the bindings at both the front and the rear portion of the ski. Most bindings should then lift directly off of the ski itself.
Step 2 - Measure Out the Hooks
Attach the metal hooks that will hang the coats to the front of the ski itself. Look to the number of hooks that you have and the number of coats that you'd like to attach to the ski rack. Measure across the front of the ski and mark a spot at regular intervals along the ski to correspond with the number of hooks that you'd like. It's good to leave a few inches in between each hook to leave enough room for the coats to hang down below the ski.
Step 3 - Drill Holes for the Hooks
If you used screw based metal hooks, match up the drill bit that you have with the size of the screw attachment for each of the metal hooks. At each spot that you've marked along the top of the ski, drill through the ski with the electric drill and the drill bit of the same size.
Step 4 - Affix the Coat Hooks
If you're using screw hooks, screw the hooks into place in the ski. If you're using glue, apply a small amount of the industrial strength glue along the area that you marked for each hook, then quickly place the hook on to the glue. Make sure that all of the hooks are facing the same direction before the glue sets up.
Step 5 - Attach the Fasteners and Hang the Rack
Attach the wall fasteners to the ski rack. Depending upon the type of fastener, you may need to drill holes through the sides of the ski again, or you may be able to attach the fasteners without damaging the ski itself. Line the ski coat rack up to the place that you'd like to put it, then fasten it to the wall.