How to Install a Closet Clothes Bar

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Maximise your closet space with a new closet clothes bar or just replace the ones you have. Closet space is always at a premium but if you can see any wall space in the back of your closet, you have room to add another pole to increase the hanging space. Replacing an existing pole means that you have an opportunity to make your closet more efficient and more suited to your clothing.

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Things you need

  • Metal tape measure
  • Clothes Pole
  • Hand saw
  • Pencil
  • Closet pole cup sockets
  • Wall anchors
  • Closet pole L bracket support
  • Drywall screws
  • Screwdriver

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    Measure the back wall of the closet with a metal tape measure for the most accurate size of the width of the closet. Purchase wooden or metal poles at most home improvement stores. Stores carry standard lengths of 6 foot and 8 foot. Poles longer than 8 feet may need to be special ordered.

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    Installation of wooden closet poles is inexpensive and a straightforward do it yourself project. Purchase a wooden pole at least one inch but not more than two inches in diameter. Standard closet poles are 1 3/8 inches in diameter. Use a wood saw to cut the poles one half inch shorter than the measurement of the back wall.

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    Metal poles are sold as kits in home improvement stores. Purchase the pole and the brackets recommended by the manufacturers' instructions. Metal poles must be at least one inch in diameter and made of steel. Aluminium poles are not designed for regular use in closets and will bend or break.

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    Hang closet poles 11 ½ inches out from the wall. Mark a vertical line on the side walls at 11 ½ inches from the back wall. Mark the side walls with a horizontal line at 76 inches for a single pole height. The intersection of the horizontal and vertical line is where the pole cup sockets are to be attached. Use wall anchors and screws to install the closet pole sockets.

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    Closet pole cup sockets are sold in pairs with one cup a complete circle and the other a three-quarter circle. Install the cups with the three-quarter cup opening side facing up. Both wooden and plastic cups will adequately support the poles. Place pole in the full cup first, then slide the other end into the three-quarter cup.

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    Support closet poles with special L brackets at least every three feet. Brackets for closet poles hold the pole in a specially designed "C" shaped holder at the top end of the bracket. Install L bracket supports after the pole is in the sockets. Slip the pole into the "C" holder and screw the bracket into the studs on the back wall of the closet. Add additional brackets if the closet will be supporting heavy clothing or if a top shelf is to be added.

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    Install a double pole in wall closets to double your closet without a major remodel. Hang the high pole at 80 inches from the floor. Hang the lower pole at a height of 42 inches from the floor. The 80 inch and 42 inch poles will allow most shirts, blouses, trousers and jackets to hang from the poles. Heights can be varied to accommodate the door openings.

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    Cross the closet poles in three sided walk-in closets for easier installation. Vary the heights of poles in walk-in closets to avoid complicated bracketing systems in the corners. Start at the back wall with double pole heights at 80 inches and 42 inches. Install the side wall closet poles a height of 76 inches. Modify these heights to insure that your long hanging clothing will not touch he floor.

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