Space Saving Storage Hack; DIY Dowel Rod Coat Rack

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LOOKING for an easy and affordable storage solution that gets your stuff off the floor? Here's how you can make your very own coat rack without having to compromise aesthetics for functionality. With its modern and streamlined silhouette, this dowel coat rack makes an awesome addition to an entryway, or even as an extra vertical storage hack for a small living space. It's the perfect piece to show off your hats and bags and make them easy to grab as you head out the door!
While the dream is to have an infinite amount of space in our living spaces, some of us don't have the luxury of having tons of space to work with. Which is why we're always looking for the next space-saving project that can help maximize the space in our living room while also making sure that we're making it a piece that elevates our home decor. This dowel hat rack is exactly that; it looks awesome on its own and it's a great place to store your purse, hats, and even a go-to jacket or sweater as you go out the door.
Start with 4 dowel rods that are of equal length. Ours were 6 ft tall and 1 inch in diameter. We cut them ourselves at the local hardware store, but you can usually get someone to cut them for you if you're not comfortable cutting it yourself.
Use painters tape to tape off the bottom foot of the wooden rod. Then, use a brush to coat the rods in whatever color acrylic paint you choose! We painted two white and two pink to give the coat rack a modern, feminine, color-blocked look. Be sure to go right up to, but not over, the tape on the bottom of the dowel.
When the paint has dried, carefully peel back and remove the tape from the dowel. We put our raw wood side facing up, but you could easily flip it around for a different look!
Gather all 4 dowels tightly together. Double knot one end of your leather cord around the rods and wrap the remainder of the cord around the rods until you're left with about 1.5 ft of cord. Double knot again, then trim and tuck the end into the wrapped leather.
Use the last bit of cord to cut 3-5 equal pieces and create a tassel. If you need a refresher on how to create a tassel, visit, or use the link in this post!
Last but not least, simply open up the bottom of the dowels to create a teepee-like structure that makes the perfect hat rack! We love how chic this looks next to our entryway space. Be sure to click the link in this post for the full tutorial as well as other DIY projects to maximize space in your home!
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  • April Angel Heidenburg
    on Apr 24, 2018

    Hi, approx how much floor space in inches was used by the coat rack? A left to right & a font to back measurement wiuld be great, thanks. :-)

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  • Bar20181513
    on Apr 25, 2018

    Great idea! As for me, more floor space taken up and my family would keep loading on! I could imagine the time to in load just to sweep. But looks great for small family!

  • Juanita Sepko Allen
    on Jun 30, 2018

    What a fabulous idea!!! Thank you so much!!!

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