DIY: Closet Rod Brackets

Written by steve smith
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Closet rods hang on brackets that are shaped like small round saucers. The end of the rod rests on the edge of the bracket after the bracket is mounted to the wall. This simple idea is easy to replicate yourself if you have a few basic tools. Using a plank with some modifications, imitate this design to make your closet brackets and shelving support in one. It's a project that requires a little skill with a saw and about an hour of time.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Plank board, 4-inch
  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Hole saw, 1/4 inch
  • Jigsaw
  • Power drill
  • Wood screws
  • Carpenter level

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut two identical lengths of straight, plank board that is at least four inches wide to fit inside the closet on one of the side walls with a circular saw. Pine, oak or maple boards work fine for this particular part of the project.

  2. 2

    Find the centre of the board lengthwise by measuring the length again and cutting the measurement in half. Mark the centre of the board width, by measuring the total width and cutting it in half with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Draw a 1 1/4 inch circle on this centre mark with a compass and pencil. Cut out the 1 1/4 inch hole with a jigsaw using the circle as a guide, or use a 1 1/4 inch hole saw and drill to cut out the hole right on the centre mark. Repeat this step on the other board.

  4. 4

    Cut two lines perpendicular to the top edge of the board down to the 1 1/4 inch hole with a jigsaw, in effect creating a U-shaped notch in the board. This allows you to set the closet rod into the bracket on one end.

  5. 5

    Mount the two brackets at 45 1/4 inches from the closet floor to the sides of the closet walls with wood screws and a power drill. Use a carpenter level to ensure they are straight and level. Make sure the board with the U-shaped notch is positioned so the open end of the U-shaped notch is facing up.

  6. 6

    Insert one end of the closet rod into the hole in the board without the notch. Slide the other end into the top of the U-shaped notch. It will hold the closet rod in place and allow it to be taken out if ever needed.

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