Do you need somewhere to hang your jacket but don’t want a run-of-the-mill coat hanger? Maybe you already have a hanger but it’s too small. This DIY project will show you how to make a unique coat hanger from a pallet.
Coat or wall hangers are really useful. They take up little room and keep your jacket or bag within handy reach. However, it can be difficult to find a hanger that’s creative and unusual. That’s why we have come up with this project to make your own wall hanger using pallet boards.
This hanger looks great thanks to its various ‘hidden’ hooks. In other words, at first glance it looks like an item of decor, but the individual parts can be turned around to make them into hangers. This allows you to keep all of your accessories to hand when you’re leaving the house.
Tools and materials
The tools and materials you will need to make this wall hanger from a pallet are as follows:
- Mitre saw or mitre box and hand saw
- Drill/ screwdriver
- Pallet boards
- Plank of wood measuring 500 x 50 x 18mm
- Steel rod measuring 5mm in diameter and 50cm long
- Coach screws
- 2 Angled brackets
- Wood glue
- Masking tape
- Coloured varnish
- Metallic spray paint in silver
Cost, time and difficulty
If you already have the tools needed, then the approximate price of this project is less than £30. To get an idea, in this link you can view the ManoMano shopping basket with some of the tools and materials used.
This DIY project is ideal for beginners, as it’s actually easier than it looks.
You will need 6 hours to complete it, i.e. you can finish it in just one morning or afternoon. This amount of time will vary mainly according to the state of the pallet used, and the drying time of the varnish or paint you choose.
Wall hanger from a pallet step by step
One of the best things about this wall hanger is that you save time by not having to dismantle the pallet. Meanwhile, if you don’t have any to hand, check out this link on where to find wooden pallets for cheap or free.
1- Cut the pallet
The pallet boards we are going to use measure 16cm long. That’s why there’s no need to dismantle the pallets first – just cut them with the jigsaw. This will also mean you avoid having to fill the holes left by the nails.
Next, use the mitre saw or a handsaw to cut each plank to the same size, in this case 16cm in length and 7cm wide, except for the two end pieces, which are 9cm wide.
When you have evened up all of the pieces, cut 2 sides to a 40º angle, giving them a trapezoid shape. Leave the two 9cm wide pieces as they are, as well as 2 of the 7cm pieces.
To summarise, following these steps you should have:
- 2 boards measuring 16cm long and 7cm wide in a rectangular shape.
- 25 boards measuring 16cm long and 7cm wide, with 2 edges cut to 40º
- 2 boards measuring 16cm long and 9cm wide in a rectangular shape.
Step 2: Sand the boards
The next step is to sand the pieces using the sander. In this way, you can remove any imperfections, along with the damp stains pallets often have.
It is always a good idea to use a face mask for this stage. Otherwise, you may inhale the remains of any coating and fungus on the wood.
Step 3: Drill holes in the boards
Once sanded, drill holes in the boards. To do so, draw a dot at the centre and 2cm from the edge that has been cut to an angle. Then, use a no.6 drill bit to drill a hole through which the 5mm aluminium bar will pass.
A useful trick to prevent the wood from splintering when you drill it is to cover it first in masking tape, and put another (scrap) piece of wood underneath.
Step 4: Varnish and paint
The next step is to varnish and paint each piece. To create an attractive contrast, each piece has been painted in wenge colour, except for 5. These 5 have been covered in metallic silver spray paint.
Step 5: Assemble the hanger
The final step is to assemble the wall hanger, divided into the sub-steps outlined below:
- Cut the aluminium rod to size. To do this, make sure you cut it to a length that fits all of the boards you have drilled holes in.
- Insert the boards, beginning with a rectangular one, then each of the trapezoid pieces, and finally, the other rectangular board.
- Screw the plank to the lower bottom part of the hanger.
- This plank not only stabilises the structure, it also serves as a buffer to stop the trapezoid pieces when they are moved into position.
- Attach the boards that finish off the ends (the 9cm wide ones) using wood glue.
- Use coach screws to reinforce the mounting.
Once you have completed all of these steps, the hanger is ready to be put up on the wall. To do so, attach some angled brackets to the back piece and screw these to the wall.
In the next picture you can see the final results. The combination of the pallet’s rustic finish together with the metallic details makes this a truly original hanger. What’s more, with the exception of the two end pieces, each of the parts can be turned to hang a jacket, bag, your scarf etc – as you please!
What do you think about this DIY wall hanger made from the boards of a pallet? If you like furniture made from pallets, then be sure not to miss:
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!