So, I’ve never lived in New York, but I did live in Boston. It should be illegal to charge what I paid for the 300 square foot shoebox I called home during my junior and senior year of college. I did live on a major street (Comm. Ave), but still! So what did I get for all that money? Well, I had to see my exhibitionist neighbor cruise around his apartment naked, listen to a tone-deaf neighbor learn to play the saxophone, and laugh at my next door neighbor’s fights with her Jersey boyfriend. They reminded me of Christopher and Adriana from the Sopranos. I don’t know what their names were, but I swear it sounded just like those two.
Anyway, what I missed most of all in that small space was the lack of room for clothes. Well, I came across this DIY coat rack on Sincerely, Cecelia that can be used in place of the standing ones:
Here’s how you do it:
- fallen branch
- 2 equal lengths of chain link (measure from ceiling to approximate hanging height and multiply by two to get the length of each chain)
- 2 eye hooks
- 2 screw anchors
- spray paint
step 1: paint the branch
Choose a sturdy, straight branch with a few knots to give it an interesting shape and make sure the hook of a hanger can fit around the diameter of the branch. let the branch dry out completely, then, spray paint it whatever color you choose.
step 2: secure eye hooks in ceiling
Anchor two ceiling hooks 1 foot from the wall, to ensure enough space for coats to hang. The distance between each hook will depend on the length of the branch. Measure in about 6 inches from the tip of each end of the branch for balance. Drill a hole in the ceiling, tap in a screw anchor with a hammer, then screw in the eye hooks.
step 3: hang the finished branch
Slip both ends of one length of chain link onto an eye hook to create a loop. Repeat for the other eye hook. the length of chain will depend on ceiling height, but the branch should rest about 5 feet or so above the floor. Finish by sliding the branch through the loops. For extra stability, nail the chain to the branch.
If you wanted to do this on a smaller scale, maybe it could be done in a bathroom to hang jewelry from??