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I seem to have more coats than places to hang them these days, only because I never seem able to throw them away before reaching the stage where even Oxfam would reject them.
Two or three coats per hook is not an ideal situation especially if the one I wanted to wear was the one underneath the rest, therefore I was pleased when I spotted this beautiful, Beachwood, 5-hooked, coat rack at Lidl for only £7.99. I paid almost double that a few years ago for a three-hooked pine effort so did not hesitate to slip this into my shopping trolley. In fact, I was so happy with the product, I returned to purchase a second one the following week for guests to use when visiting.
I was even more delighted when I got home and found that not only was the whole unit made from solid Beachwood, but also the sturdy metal hooks could be folded back into the rack to lie flush with the frame.
Features of the coat rack:
Cost: £7.99 from Lidl, I believe they can be bought on line from Lidl.
There are five, aluminium, upwardly curved, hooks equally spaced along a 52cm long, solid Beach wood block, each hook extends to a length of 5cm, are 1cm wide, with smooth rounded ends. The height of the frame is 8cm and the depth is 4cm.
The front of the block or frame is convex, thus allowing the hooks, to lie flush with the frame when, on the rare occasion they are not in use.
Fixing the coat rack to a surface.
In the package were a sheet of illustrated instructions on how to fix the rack to wall or door, two screws and two plastic raw-plugs.
On the back of the rack are two, key-hole shaped recesses, spaced 8cm apart.
Mark the positions for the screws 8cm apart on the area where the rack is to be fixed.
When attaching the rack to a solid wall, as opposed to one of those plaster-boarded efforts. Use a 0.8mm masonry drill-bit to drill holes to the desired depth, which is slightly deeper than the raw-plugs and then tap in the plugs, before inserting the screws. Leave a mm or two, proud of the wall or door then slot the screw heads into the large recess at the back of the rack before sliding the unit down so that the screw heads are pushed up into the narrow end of the recess.
When fixing to the back of a door, use a smaller wood bit and drill holes 8cms apart, but do not insert the raw-plugs. Make sure that it is attached to solid parts of the frame.
I found it easy to fix one of the racks to a wall and the other to a door. Although not necessary, I made a template of the rear of the rack, on paper first, so that I could ensure that the unit would be level and that the screw hole markings would be at the correct distance apart.
The rack for guests is positioned on a wall and the hooks folded back neatly into the rack until required for use.
Thankfully, we no longer have to scramble to find coats, scarves and handbags when my visitors leave, nor do I have to wrestle with mounds of coats to find the one I want to wear.
My only fear is that I shall now be tempted to collect more coats and so start the cycle again.