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Video:Install Closet Rods to Organize a Closet

with Ami Young

Do you wish you had just a bit more hanging space? In just a few simple steps you can install new closet rods in nearly any closet and enjoy the difference immediately.See Transcript

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Transcript:Install Closet Rods to Organize a Closet

Hi! Im Ami Young for About.com Home.

Do You need Closet Rods?

Sometimes, no matter how many different ways you try to organize your clothes, you just need to hang a few things. So, today I'm going to show you how to install closet rods in your clothes closet.

What you need to Install Closet Rods

For this project, you will need:
  • A tape measure
  • 2, 3 quarter inch flat boards (as long as the depth of your clothes closet)
  • A Power Drill
  • A phillips head screwdriver bit
  • A 1 eith inch drill bit
  • A stud finder
  • Wood screws
or
  • 50 pound anchors with screws
  • A phillips head screwdriver
  • A hanging clothes rod
  • Hanging rod mounting brackets

Prepare to Install Closet Rods


First, you'll want to remove everything from the closet so you have plenty of room to work. Using your measuring tape, mark the location you want to mount your wall cleats. If need be, use your longest hanging garment as a basis for measuring how high up youll want the rod to hang, so that the rod is hung high enough for the rest of your clothing garments.

Finding your Closet Rod Location

Using the stud finder, locate and mark the studs for the cleats, then transfer the stud measurements to each of the cleats.

Now, if you can't find any wood studs behind your closet walls, you can also use anchor screws to mount your cleats to the wall. To do this, make two marks on each of the side walls; just about a third of the way in from the edges of the foremost and rear walls.

Installing your Anchors

Using your Phillips head screwdriver; screw in an anchor at each of these marks on the wall. Transfer the measurements of the screw holes for each of the anchors onto the cleats.

Drilling your Closet Rod Holes

Using your power drill and your 1 eighth inch drill bit, drill pilot holes into each of the cleats and attach each cleat to the wall using wood screws if you have studs, or anchor screws if mounting to a wall anchor.

Next, mark each cleat at approximately 10 inches in from the rear wall of the closet, so you have plenty of room for you hangers to dangle with some room for wall clearance. Screw in a hanging rod mounting bracket to each cleat and slide your hanging rod in place.

Now, if you don't have a hanging rod that is adjustable and your wooden hanging rod is just a little too long for your closet, you can always use a hacksaw to cut your rod to the correct length before hanging it.

So there we have it! No more wrinkled dress shirts!

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