Minimalist DIY coat hooks

Part of my grand plan for the entry hall was to have some simple wooden hooks hung behind the front door. I knew I wanted them to be pale wood to stand out against the deep blue walls and I wanted a simple design. DIY inspiration often strikes when you least expect it. For this project, it was from a place I walk past every work day: Palomino Espresso Bar in Upper Cuba Street, Wellington. Aside from the cheerful morning greetings and great coffee, they have the coolest feature wall:



One day, I will have a master bedroom with a wall just like that. It’ll be the perfect backdrop for a headboard covered in crisp white linen and wall-mounted pendants with shades in white and extending arms in a shiny chrome. That is so happening in a future House of Ralph room.

Back to the coat-hooks though: here’s where Palomino’s wall lead me one weekend when the kids were happily ensconced at their grandparents: hot date at the hardware store for husband. He was psyched. I went for the 16mm option. A length of this is 1.8 metres long. That’s a lot of coat hooks (keep reading, there’s something in this length for you):

large dowells

So, now all I needed was a way to cut angles into those lengths so that when attached to the wall, they would create a natural angled hook and things wouldn’t slide off.

Yeah…I wouldn’t know where to start either. Luckily, I have a papa who does. Although, to be fair it wasn’t an easy job, even for him.  I wanted at least 4 hooks, so I needed them all to be cut at the same length and (here’s the kicker)…the same angle. We (when I say we, I mean dad) mucked our way through it, and the end result was about 5 sets of hooks (Dad is a DIY perfectionist…lucky for you! See giveaway info at the end of this post).

Dad used a table saw, and set the angle on the saw to 45 degrees. The problem was that because the dowel was round, it moved, so the angles differed just slightly which meant different lengths. If I was more patient, we would have properly researched this project and figured out that we needed to clamp a stop-block against the dowel piece, just like these clever guys did. Here is my amazing dad hard at work:

DIY with a view

Yes, that view is a stunner. Not a bad spot for some DIY. So, once I had some freshly painted walls, I set about attaching the hooks. Initially I was going to use a double-ended screw, but the angles were wrong, and you know what? Some-times the obvious option is the best option. Glue.

Only tip is to not use too much, otherwise you have to dab off the excess which is a bit tricky. Follow the instructions, apply a bit to each surface, connect the two then pull apart to make it a bit tacky. Reapply and hold in place. Do what I didn’t, and start at the hook closest to the corner behind the door. That way if you make a hot mess of this, it’s less likely to be on show for all to see. Either that or hang a beautiful scarf from decubja on your first and less than perfect hook to distract. That works too.


And looking minimalist coat hooks. (PHOTO CREDIT: JONATHAN KAY)



With the need for a table-saw and some know-how, this isn’t a beginner’s level DIY. Lucky for you Papa Ralph is such a DIY perfectionist and I have some spares! (I demanded a set of 4 you see, and he kept delivering sets of 3 with the 4th one slightly bigger than the rest).I could have easily lived with it, but Papa Ralph couldn’t.

That means you could win some pre-made coat hooks! I have 2 x sets of 3 coat-hooks that need a loving home. Perfect for the hallway, kid’s rooms or bathrooms.  All you’d have to do is buy some glue and attach them to the wall. Now THAT is some easy DIY.

Want in? email me: anna @ house of ralph . co . nz (without the spaces) with your full name before 8pm Sunday 26 April. Winner will be notified via facebook and instagram by 9pm Sunday 26 April.

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