DIY Lego Coat Rack

One of the most fun projects I did for the Dwell with Dignity home was this DIY Lego Coat Rack for the boys’ bedroom, and now of course my boys want me to build one for them too! I’m going to walk you through exactly how I made it.

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Tools and Supplies I used:

First, cut down your 2×4 to the size you desire. The one I made is 36 inches long, and I used my miter saw. Use a sander to sand it smooth.   Cut your dowel rod into 1/2″ thick slices — I also used my miter saw for this. Sand the edges as they will most likely be a bit rough or splintery after you’ve cut them.

DIY Lego Coat Rack Tutorial

I decided to create the following pattern: long Lego (with 6 dowel pieces), coat hook, short Lego (with 4 dowel pieces), coat hook, long Lego, hook, short Lego, hook, long Lego. I didn’t do much measuring at this point, I just laid out my dowel pieces in the position I wanted them (leaving the “hook” spots blank at first) and eyeballed it to make sure everything was even.

DIY Lego Coat Rack Tutorial

Next, I dotted a little bit of wood glue on the backs of my dowel pieces and nailed them in place with my brad nailer. I made sure my brad nails sank into the wood enough that I could patch over them so they would not be visible. Using a putty knife and paintable nail hole filler, I camouflaged the brad nails.

DIY Lego Coat Rack Tutorial

After the nail hole filler had dried, I began the process of painting my “Legos.” This was the most difficult part of the whole project! I wanted nice, crisp lines, so I used painter’s tape to divide my Legos. I did one color at a time, allowed it to dry, then reapplied my tape to paint the “Lego” next to the one I had already painted. I used a combo of a foam brush and a small artist’s paint brush to get in all of the nooks and crannies. It probably could have used two coats of paint, but one coat was ok. I sealed the whole thing with Minwax Polycrylic.

DIY Lego Coat Rack Tutorial

I positioned my hooks where I wanted them and marked the holes with a pencil, then drilled small pilot holes.

DIY Lego Coat Rack Tutorial

I screwed the hooks on, and then attached D-Rings to the back to hang it on the wall.

D-Rings to hang DIY Lego Coat Rack

With two little boys who love Legos, I’m sure I’ll be making another one of these for our house very soon. :) For now I’m just thrilled to have contributed this to a bedroom belonging to two very deserving boys in need for our Dwell with Dignity project.

DIY Lego Coat Rack Tutorial

And here’s a nifty little pinnable graphic for you!

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This would be perfect for little coats and backpacks to hang on. (Anything to encourage my kiddos to hang up their gear after school!)

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  1. I don’t have a boy, but I would love to make this! It is so cool, Erin and looks just like legos – only larger!

  2. This is so cute! How fun would it be to swap a dowel for a secret key holder – need to find a container close in size!

  3. Wow! What a wonderful idea regarding your lego coat rack. I had a room addition done and took advantage and asked the handyman if he could pull this small project off, sure enough he finished in about 10 minutes thanks to your awesome instructions.

  4. Are these for sale?

    • Erin @ DIY on the Cheap says:

      No, I’m sorry, they’re not! But I hope the tutorial will be helpful to those who would like to build one themselves. If I ever end up selling any then I will certainly post an update on the blog. Thanks for your interest!

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