How to Install a Closet Rod


Closet rods come in packages with their own mounting brackets, or you can simply use a length of wood doweling and two plastic mounting brackets that you buy separately. If you don't plan to hang heavy items, you could even install a tension rod. Whatever method you choose, you want the rod to be level and far enough inside the closet to allow the door to close easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • 1-by 4-inch lumber
  • Circular saw
  • Torpedo level
  • 3-inch screws
  • Drill and driver bit
  • Mounting brackets
  • 1/8-inch drill bit

Step 1

Locate a solid surface on which to screw the mounting brackets or place the tension rod. One-inch lumber pieces attached to the closet's side walls as shelf supports make ideal backings for a closet rod, but if there are no shelf supports, find the wall stud closest to the required position on each wall, using a stud finder.

If the studs aren't across from each other, use a simple workaround:

  1. Measure the distance between the two studs in each wall with a tape measure.
  2. Cut a length of 1-by 4-inch lumber to that length with a circular saw.
  3. Screw the wood to the two studs, using a torpedo level to make the wood level before driving 3-inch screws into each stud.
  4. Mark the position of the closet rod on each piece of wood, ensuring that each mark is the same distance from the floor. A typical workable height is between 40 and 80 inches.


  • Use a clothes hanger to help you determine the proper depth for the rod inside the closet. The center of the hanger hook is in the right place when the outside edge of the hanger is an inch or two inside the door.

Step 2

Set a mounting bracket on each mark and use a pencil to mark the positions of the screw holes. Some brackets have only one hole -- others have two. Drill a 1/8-inch hole on each mark.

Step 3

Screw the brackets to the wood with the screws that come with them.

Step 4

Measure the distance between the insides of the brackets with a tape measure. Cut a wood dowel closet rod to that distance, minus 1/4 inch to ensure an easy fit.

If your closet rod is adjustable, adjust it to the distance instead.

Step 5

Place the rod in the brackets.


  • If you're using a tension rod, you can make it capable of supporting more weight by installing it in brackets.

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