Railroad Spike Coat Rack

Our entry isn’t huge, roughly eight by four and a half feet, but it is very nice to have a separate designated space.  With the door slightly off-center, there’s a sliver of wall with a box shelf to keep keys, sunglasses, and other necessities close by with a stool tucked below.  Across, there’s a half wall, where the living room floor starts.  It’s an awkward little wall, with the stairs going up that turns into a strange polygon.

coat-rack-in-entry-from-top-of-stairs

Though we have an entry closet at the top of the stairs, and our newly added mud nook right inside the garage door at the base of the stairs, those are areas mainly used by our family.

Build in a mini mudroom: https://ourhumbleabodeblog.com/2016/04/01/mud-nook/

I wanted a quick and easy drop spot for our guests to hang coats, purses, and backpacks close to the front door.  After a day visiting Ben’s dad at the ranch, I found some great items to turn into a unique coat rack.  I also came home with an old horseshoe and another turtle shell to hang above the art in the dining room.  Such a treasure trove of goodies!

turtle-shells-in-dining-room

Anyway, back to the coat rack.  To start, I snagged a board of live edge wood along with a bunch of railroad spikes.

coat-rack-from-front-door

After discussing my idea with Ben, he helped me make my idea a reality.  While I thoroughly looked at the board, I settled on the most character filled three feet and cut it to size.  At three feet wide, I wanted to space 5 spikes six inches apart, leaving six inches on either end.  Following the shape of the wood, I marked five dots while Ben used a steel cutting chop saw to cut the spikes to three inches.

coat-rack-materials

I didn’t want any visible attachment, so Ben drilled 3/4 inch holes, then used a rubber mallet to pound the spikes in.

coat-rack-holes

Who says you can’t jam a square peg in a round hole?

coat-rack-making-hammering

The result is seamless, simple, and rustic-just the way I like it.

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Hanging was as easy as two screws through the wood, into the floor joist.

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Turning that little sliver into usable space should come in very handy this winter season, especially.

coat-rack-in-entry-toward-doors

Style wise, the simplicity blends seamlessly with the adjacent living room.

coat-rack-below-living-room

The best part is that it took about 30 minutes, start to finish to make and hang.  I’m wondering if it’d be too much to make another to use as a towel rack.

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8 thoughts on “Railroad Spike Coat Rack

  1. Wow, the views out your front windows are to die for… I wouldn’t care how the house looked inside if that’s what I saw outside! Your house is beautiful inside and out!

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