So, wife had her brother build her a closet in a room that had no
closet while he was here last weekend.
I just finished my rookie paneling and sheetrock work. Now for a
Clothes Rod that will span the length of the closet.
In my laundry room I had a six-foot clothes rod that is supported on
each end by brackets hung onto the studs.
However, my bedroom closet, which has a five-foot span, has a center
support for that clothes rod.
So, being "carpenter-challenged," what's the thought for this new
install. I can install brackets on studs on each end of the new closet
and the run will be about 6.75 feet.
Do I need a center support? Using an 1.25" dowel for the rod.
What they all said. When I was a kid, my father's company built custom
houses, all the way from entry level to high-end custom. All he ever
used for closet rods was galvanized thickwall water pipe. It didn't have
printing or inch markers on it back then, or maybe the final trim guy
would wipe those off with solvent or something. He also used real
brackets, not the thin metal or plastic crap like the borg currently
sells. Some of the bedroom closets had a support in the middle, but they
were 8 feet long. Typical coat closet, no problem. I was in my late
teens before I saw a wood closet rod. (and I think they were bigger than
When and if I get around to redoing the closets in this cookie cutter,
pipe is what I will use. (Along with support cleats on 3 sides of the
shelf, and shelf plywood thick enough to not sag in the middle, with a
solid front edge added to stiffen it.)
I like hardwood and have used it in all my closets, but none are wider
than about 39" or so.
One thing I find amusing is the complete unavailability of certain
products that you'd think would be readily available, requiring one to
improvise. I recall moving into an apartment once that had a wide
window (I think it was actually three windows all next to each other)
the decorating department wanted a big long curtain rod to cover the
whole width. She couldn't find a single curtain rod made that long! We
ended up using finials etc. from IKEA and using them on 1/2" copper
water pipe. A little Krylon fixed it all up.
Personally I have little use for pretty much any pre-made clothes rods.
All I ever use is hardwood dowel or pipe, with hardwood hangers so
they can be lifted out for attic access or rearranging.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Assume the closet is full with 10 hanging things per foot. You've got,
roughly, 60 things hanging. Assume half are one-pound shirts or skirts, and
the rest are somewhat heavier, say five pounds (leather jackets, three-piece
suits, etc.). So, you've got 180 pounds hanging on the pole.
I'd put in a center support (or use an iron pipe).
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