How to Build a Coat (+ Other Stuff) Hanger Shelf

by Martin Storbeck

A quick and easy approach using towel hangers and handles.


  • Veneered Plywood
  • 1 IKEA Lansa handle
  • 2 IKEA Grundtal towel hangers
  • 2 L-brackets
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • (IKEA Malm 3-drawer chest)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    We needed a coat hanger and decided to build one ourselves. A special need was some place to hang all the dogleashes and other small stuff.

    Step 2

    The top shelf is simply a piece of veneered plywood we got from the hardware store.

    Step 3

    Use L-brackets to mount the shelf on the wall.

    Step 4

    The handle & towel hangers are attached to the shelf with screws (drill holes first). The towel hangers are also attached to the wall.

    Step 5

    Especially the towel hangers are something you usually don't get on a coat hanger. They are great for hanging all sorts of stuff e.g a handbag, an umbrella, a torch & dogleashes.

    Step 6

    Beneath we put a 3-drawer chest for things

    Step 7

    So this is it.

    Step 8

    The Old Version

    Step 9

    In our old flat we used an IKEA Galant desk for the shelf, because it was rounded on one side so we wouldn't hit it with our heads when going to the bathroom.

    Step 10

    As you can see it wasn't as wide as the current one, we also used smaller handles.