If a closet rod is sagging, either it is too thin for the weight it supports
or it is spanning too wide a space. You do not have to give all your
clothes to charity, though. The fix is quick and easy, and as a bonus
you can make good on your New Year is resolution to clean the closet.
Things You'll Need
- Rod Bracket
- Replacement Rod
- Drill, driver and bit
Replace an undersize rod
If the sag is modest, replace an undersize wood pole with a thicker rod. Standard-size closet rods range from 11.16 inches (27 mm) to 15.8 inches (41 mm) in diameter.
Lift the rod out of the U-shaped pole socket.
Use the existing rod as a guide for cutting the new rod to length with a saw.
Set the new rod in the sockets.
Add a support
Locate a stud on the rear wall near midspan. To do this, shine a bright light at a low angle across the wall and baseboard while looking for the slight indentations that indicate a fastener location. Tap at this location. If the stud is there, the wall will feel firmer when you tap and you will hear a dull rather than a hollow sound.
Hold a rod bracket over the stud and up against the closet shelf. If the new bracket is not in line with the pole sockets, move the pole sockets in or out as needed to align everything.
Mark the bracket mounting holes on the wall and on the underside of the closet shelf.
Drive a nail partway into the wall at the marked locations to verify the presence of a stud. If you do not find a stud there, tap to either side until you hit one, then again drive a nail to confirm.
Drive screws through the bracket into the wall. If you do not own a drill with a driver, bore a pilot hole for the screw with a drill and use a screwdriver to install the screws.
Tips & Warnings
- Anytime you drill or screw into a wall, you risk encountering either an electric cable or some kind of pipe. Work slowly, listening and feeling for any unexpected sounds or resistance.
How to Reinforce a Closet Rod
Metal closet rods are made to expand so they fit in any size closet. These lightweight rods can hold a lot of...
How to Fix a Falling Closet
Closets are important storage areas; often they're the only built-in storage spaces in most homes. Often, closet maintenance is ignored over the...
DIY Closet Rods
Closet rods are essential for any closet. Installing a closet rod requires the correct hardware and rod. Measure the length of your...
How to Add a Second Rod to a Closet
A closet is much more than a storage space, and closet organization has become almost a science, with unique and specific elements...
How to Support Long Closet Rods
Many metal closet rods are expandable to accommodate various closet widths. Because these rods are hollow, they often sag when mounted to...
Do-It-Yourself Repair of a Closet
Closets receive plenty of use, and are often in need of repair. There are many things to fix on closets from shelving...