DIY Closet Rods

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Closet rods are essential for any closet. Installing a closet rod requires the correct hardware and rod. Measure the length of your closet for proper rod length. Ideally, purchase a rod that is adjustable or a wooden rod that you can cut to size. The rod installs on two brackets on each side wall of the closet. If you have a closet that is longer than six feet, it is a good idea to also use a rear center bracket that looks like a shelf bracket with a hook for the rod.

Things You'll Need

  • Closet rod
  • End holders
  • Center rod bracket
  • Plastic anchors
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Determine the placement for the two end holders of the closet rod, on each of the closet's side walls. This point should be about 5 feet from the floor and 12 inches from the back of the closet. Measure the distances with a tape measure and mark the center point with a pencil on both walls.

  • Place the round end holders on each wall, centering them over the marks you made. One holder is a complete circle while the other holder has a U-shaped open space. Mark the mounting holes of the holders onto the wall with a pencil. Ensure that the open end of the U-shaped holder is pointing to the ceiling.

  • Drill pilot holes for each of the mounting screws using a bit that is the same diameter as the plastic anchors. Insert the plastic anchors into the pilot holes.

  • Position the end holders over the plastic anchors and secure the holders to the side walls with retaining screws and Phillips-head screwdriver. Place the closet rod into the end holder that is the complete circle and set the other end into the U-shaped holder.

  • Position the center bracket against the rear wall with the rod sitting in the hook of the bracket. Mark the mounting holes onto the rear wall with a pencil. Drill pilot holes with the drill and install plastic anchors, as before. Place the center bracket against the wall and secure with screws.

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