How to Make an Accordion Hat Rack

An accordion hat rack can add a bit of vintage style to any room in your home.
Whether it’s used for its namesake purpose, used as a coat rack or simply used as accent furniture, an accordion hat rack can be constructed using basic carpentry techniques, common tools and locally-sourced materials.

Step 1

Measure and lay out four 6-inch pieces and six 12-inch pieces on the wood. Cut the pieces with the saw. Gently round all the edges of the wood with the sand paper.

Step 2

Lay the wood pieces out flat on the workbench. Using the tape measure, mark a point 1 inch from both ends of each piece of wood, in the center of the wood. Drill a hole at the marked points.

Step 3

Divide the wood into two piles, each with two 6-inch and three 12-inch pieces. Set aside one pile. These will be the top pieces when it’s time to assemble the hat rack.

Step 4

Gently hammer to tap T-nuts into the holes of all the pieces in one pile of wood. These will be the bottom pieces when it’s time to assemble the hat rack.

Step 5

Place the bottom pieces, T-nut side down, on the workbench. Thread the screws into the T-nuts. From the left, line up a 6-inch piece, then three 12-inch pieces, followed by the other 6-inch piece. Turn each piece 45 degrees clockwise and space them about 8 inches apart.

Step 6

Starting on the left and rotating the pieces 90 degrees clockwise from the bottom pieces, place the top pieces upon the bottom pieces, using the screws to align the pieces. The hat rack should now resemble the classic lattice pattern of an accordion hat rack.

Step 7

Thread the pegs onto the screws and tighten finger-tight.

Things You Will Need

  • 8-foot piece of 1-by-2 oak
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Drill bit the same size as the screws
  • 13 T-nuts
  • Hammer
  • 13 screws
  • 13 pegs
  • Safety glasses


  • Always wear safety glasses when sawing or drilling wood.

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