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DIY - Custom Corner Coat Rack for Front Entrance

Do you have a small entrance way into your home? Is your foyer too petite for a large coat rack? Or maybe you don't even have a closet in your front foyer - as many homes don't.

Do you struggle with your kids not hanging their coats up? (not to mention their bags, hats, mitts and scarves...ugh). Unfortunately, even if you have a large foyer entrance in your home - with a closet - people (kids, especially) still don't hang up their coats and put their scarves, hats and mitts away.

If you are one of these people with either a very small foyer entryway or you struggle with the creature habits of your children, then you may be interested in this diy project that I took on in order to create some order in my smaller front entrance.

My entryway is not the smallest entrance I have seen although it is not huge either. Space is definitely limited but, I do also have a large 6 foot closet which is capable of storing most of my family's outdoor needs (depending on the season).

So, you are asking, if I have a closet already, why do I need a coat rack. Well, as mentioned above, not everyone is so good at hanging up their coats in the closet when they come in the door. Often they are left on the floor or brought into the main area of our home and left on the back of a chair (yuck - another pet peeve of mine).

When I suggested a custom coat rack mounted to the wall, my hubby told me, What do we need a coat rack for? We have a big closet. Yes, hubby, you are right but, how many times do you hang up your coat in the closet? (He usually takes his coat to the bedroom - ok...another peeve for me - apparently I am very peevy or full of peeves - it is that perfectionist designer in me, I guess...lol)

Without getting into that story too much (and I did not with him either :-), I suggested as I have in many circumstances when it comes to children's and sometimes adult behaviours...If you give them a spot to put something and it is really easy...then there is no excuse for it not to be put there, right? Right!

A lovely closet supplemented with an in your face, on the wall coat rack would make any excuse for not hanging up their coats in the front hallway null and void - period. (sounding rather sargeanty, aren't I...lol) But, it is true!

DIY cheap front entrance coat rack

So, here it is...my design for the wall mounted coat rack in my front hallway. It looks great and in typical Shelly style, it was on the cheap. Total cost for this CUSTOM corner wall to wall coat rack with small shelf on top was about $25.00.

And as I am writing this and calculating the cost, I actually wish that it had cost a little less, honestly.

However.......I digress. It did cost about that much which is still very reasonable for a new custom corner coat rack. Oh and did I mention, there is a small shelf on top. Yes I did but I thought I would mention that again. It will hold gloves, keys, mail and I originally thought I would put some family photos on it - letting guests know who lives here.

This coat rack shelf does all I need it to do. It provides ample 'temporary' hanging space for coats, scarves, hats and even keys (notice the hooks I choose are capable of holding key rings...yes, I wanted it to do everything - no excuses, remember?)

To build this wall mount coat rack was quite simple if you have a good angle saw - and your walls are pretty square. What we used to make this diy project the most simple was a Ribba shelf from Ikea ($16.99 cdn). This was cut to custom fit with a corner angle to fit together in the wall corner.

The bottom portion with hooks was cut from extra pieces of toe kick from our kitchen renovation. So, now that I think of it, the shelf cost less than $25 because that piece was free. The fabulous part of using these pieces is that there was no painting required which saved a lot of time. Paint is cheap so the cost of paint would not be an issue however, my time is an issue.

I should mention that the silver hooks came from the dollar store. 5 double hooks cost a whopping $5. Double the pleasure with 2 hooks from 1. Each hook actually costs 50 cents - if you really want to get down to the nitty gritty.

A great big thank-you to my hubby for making this happen. Unfortunately, I am still the one with the ideas, and not so many power tool skills. He is the ultimate handyman diy doer. I probably could have attempted this but it most likely would not look as good or be as accurate - especially in the corner. So, go ahead and use this easy and inexpensive example of making a custom wall coat rack with upper shelf for your front entrance. Do not let there be any excuses why there is a mess of coats, hats, mitts, keys and scarves on the floor.

Author: Shelly Whitney, Interior Designer & Decorator, Copyrighted 2014

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