My little man, Keegan, received a bedroom makeover for his 9th birthday and we are finally ready to share some of the DIY projects we worked on. First up, is my son’s FAVORITE project, this fun and functional Lego Display Coat Rack.
Keeg’s is a Lego nut, and his desk, shelves, closet, and floor are littered with Lego dudes, gun ships, droids, cruisers, and whatever else his little mind has dreamed up. I can’t tell you home many times I have howled in pain from stepping on one of those small, extremely painful, plastic cubes. He likes to display his creations, but has nowhere to do so, and this coat rack is a way of solving this problem and my aching arches. It keeps his precious treasures safe from being knocked off a shelf and broken, yet keeps them right where he can see them and show them off. The coat rack is really simple and cheap to put together. Here is what I did.
1) Cut down 5 boards to measure 10″ long x approx. 5.25″ wide (I used old fence boards but you could certainly use wood from a free pallet).
2) Sand the boards and edges smooth with a palm sander. First using 100 grit sand paper and finishing with a 220 grit.
3) Lay the boards face down and alternate the height of each board by 1.5″. Secure a 1″ x 2″ board that is 25″ long to the back of the boards using 1 1/4″ wood screws.
4) Flip the rack right side up and coat the front and back with your favorite color spray paint, or stain. Allow to dry for 48 hours. This would have looked shabby chic with a clear finish, but my boy wanted orange, so orange is what he got.
5) Keegan refused to part with any of his own Lego platforms, so I found this old Lego road at a gsale for 25 cents and made do. Use a sharp utility knife and a straight edge to score the board 4-5 times. Bend the board backwards and it will easily and cleanly snap apart. Measure out the smaller squares, score, break, and repeat.
6) Use super glue to attach the Lego boards to the center of each board, 1.5″ from the top edge. Use clamps or a heavy object to hold the boards in place until dry.
7) Attach coat hooks to the bottom of each board 1.5″ from the bottom edge.
10) To frame the Lego platforms and tie it in with the coat hooks, I outlined each board with a black paint pen 2-3 times.
9) Add picture hangers to the back of the coat rack, secure to a wall, and this coat rack is ready for its close up.
Keeger’s is loving his new hanger and eagerly changes what he hangs and displays each day. Today, it’s his Star Wars masks and Clone Troopers, which I thought were Storm Troopers, and was quickly scolded. LOL! Such a little Star Wars geek.
Hope you like this original, easy to make, Lego display coat rack. As I said earlier, this project was super cheap. The wood was free from my old fence, paint $3.99, Lego board 25 cents, and the coat hooks were $1.49 each, for a total of $11.69. I guarantee you will not find anything like this in stores, and if you did, it would cost WAY more than $12. Make one for your own Lego lover and I guarantee you will have one happy little kid. Happy Lego building!