How to level and hang a coat rack on the wall

How to install a wall coat rack without measuring or making dust

From time to time we have to hang an object level on the wall, such as a diy wall coat rack or a picture, and we all know that having to measure to level it is a hassle. Furthermore, we cannot be sure that the two hooks on the back of the coat rack, or on the back of a picture frame, are both at the same distance from the top of the wall coat rack or the top of the frame.

So, in this post and in the corresponding video, we’re going to watch how to put a wall coat rack on the wall so that it’s level. And best of all, we’re going to do it without having to measure anything. And by the way we will see how to drill the wall without making dust.

When we think about how to hang a wall coat rack, or any other object, on the wall we usually resort to the measuring tape and we make a lot of measurements and some marks on the wall. All to try to make sure that the object will be level.

Nail with point upwards

What I do is drive a headless nail into the inside of the hooks from which the coat rack will hang. I have to put the nail well against the top of the hanging bracket hole, I insert it in a few millimeters and pull it out. This leaves a pilot hole in the wood on the inside hole of each hanging plate bracket.

Next I am going to cut in half a couple of nails that are the same dimensions as the one I used before. I discard the head parts and keep the parts with the nail tips. This way I can drive these nails into the pilot holes I made in the wood inside the hanging brackets hole, but in such a way that I leave the tip of the nails protruding a few millimeters outward.

Put against the wall and level the coat rack

Now it is a matter of putting the coat rack in its position on the wall. I level it with the help of a spirit level …

Press the coat rack to mark the wall

and I have to press the coat rack against the wall. Being careful not to lose the level marked by the bubble.

Marks for drilling the wall

Thus, the nails are going to leave the marks where I have to drill this drywall to put the nylon plugs. On painted brick and cement walls this leveling trick also works.

Nylon plug for plasterboard

As in this case the wall is made of plasterboard, I use special nylon plugs for plasterboard.

Drill bit to drill the hole for plasterboard plugs

I can drill the holes with a wood drill bit, and then I have to screw the nylon plasterboard plugs to fit into the holes.

Vacuuming to drill wall without making dust

Here the trick to avoid making dust when drilling the wall is to put the mouth of the vacuum cleaner hose just below the drill bit. This way the vacuum cleaner hose sucks up all the dust we make when drilling the wall and prevents it from spreading around the room.

Insert the plasterboard plugs into the wall and screw in the L hooks

I can now put the plasterboard nylon plugs into the drywall and screw the L hooks into the nylon plugs. And hang the coat rack from the L hooks. Finally, just to make sure I did everything right, I can use the spirit level to check that I got the coat rack hung level.

And so we have seen how to hang a wall coat rack with a very simple DIY trick that can be very helpful and save us time and work.

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