Tree Branch Coat Rack

So, we spent all last week in Michigan visiting with Jamie’s family and attending her brother, Josh’s wedding in beautiful Bay Harbor. After the wedding we stopped by their new house and Josh pointed out this awesome coat rack that he built. When I saw it, I couldn’t resist, I had to share it with you all. For the feature area he used a really cool tree branch tile that he had from lying around from the family’s interior store in Ann Arbor, MI. This look could be just as easily mimicked with cross cuts from a tree branch, wine corks, cool tile, etc. Anyway, what would be the point of sharing without a DIY coat rack plan to go with it. Enjoy!

Tree Branch Coat Rack - Close Up

Tree Branch Coat Rack - Side View


Required Tools



Materials



Cut List


  • 1x    1 x 12 x 36-1/2″
  • 1x    1 x 6 x 40-1/2″
  • 1x    1 x 4 x 40-1/2″
  • 1x    1 x 2 x 36-1/2″
  • 2x    1 x 2 x 12-1/4″

Dimensions


Tree Branch Coat Rack - Dimensions


Coat Rack Plans


Tree Branch Coat Rack - Step 1

Step 1: Assemble Back


Tree Branch Coat Rack - Step 2

Step 2: Frame Back


Tree Branch Coat Rack - Step 3

Step 3: Add Shelf


Finishing


Painting

Before adding hooks and feature area it would be best to paint the entire coat rack. For this my brother-in-law used a semi-gloss white paint, and applied two coats of it.

Sealing

Seal the painted coat rack with a polyurethane for a deeper polished look or a furniture wax for a more rustic, matte look.

Feature Area Options

Tree Branch Cross Cuts

For the feature area my brother-in-law used a tree branch cross-cut tile that he had from work. Since this isn’t accessible to everyone you could easily mimic this by cutting a tree branch in 3/4″ sections. Allow the cuts to dry out for a few days before adhering them as some of them may warp or cup. Using only the good cuts lay out the largest first and fill in with the smaller ones.

Wine Corks or Cork Tiles

Another option might be using wine corks which could be laid out in a herringbone, running bond, or basket weave pattern. You could use this as a bulletin board or to display your children’s artwork.

Unique Tile

You could always lay a unique tile in this area. There are so many options for cool tile and this is a great way to introduce a splash of color in an otherwise plain entryway or mud room.


Comments


As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • Renee Biberstein

    Fantastic ! I have moved to Kenya from Kansas, this would be a perfect project due to the fact materials are very primitive still. Not to mention, antiquated tools, very few power tools available. But hey, I’m up for the challenge, thanks for idea here.

    • Thanks Renee! That’s awesome minus the limited power tools, but I’m sure you can make it work!

  • Renee Biberstein

    Thanks !

  • Rajah Jackson

    Would it be best to adhere the tree branches with wood glue?

    • Wood glue is probably the easiest and best option to attach the tree branches. You could also use hot glue.

      • Rajah Jackson

        Great. Thanks! Plan on completing this soon…how was it hung? Simply screwing into a stud?

        • you got it

          • Rajah Jackson

            I cut individual pieces of tree branches, with every one holding their own history and importance. From a tree that my grandfather planted in the 40s to my wife and I first Christmas tree this year.

          • Wow! That is truly amazing. You did an awesome job and it’s really cool that it has that history. Kudos!