I thought I'd seen a post about this a few months back, but a search did not
turn it up.
We're losing a couple of smaller closets to a renovation, but I could
replace them with a long narrow closet. This would actually give more space,
but it's too narrow for a walk-in. So I was thinking I could have some kind
of spring loaded pole that would extend out of the opening. The closet will
be about 30" * 10'. I'd be happy with about 3' of pole. <insert joke here> I
could build my own using a larger outer pipe sliding on a smaller inner
pipe, but if a commercial product exists, I'd rather not reinvent the wheel.
Assuming I build my own, how would I support the extension? Some kind of
sliding bracket on the ceiling attached to the inside edge of the outer
Track parts for a cannonball barn door would do the trick- check nearest
farm supply. A 4' or so square hanging down from the track, with 6 feet of
pole cantilevered off the front. When you pull on the cantilevered end, the
square would slide along the track, and the pole would stick out into the
room. Another alternative is a free-rolling clothes rack, on casters, but
that would not work on carpet, and unless casters were kept very clean, it
would scuff wood floors.
But seriously- if it isn't too late already, change your design. 30" wide by
10 ' deep, will be considered a dead space by people looking to buy. Add
closets or niches to the adjoining room, in the back six or seven feet of
the space. In old-time houses, tiny closets were common, with the
out-of-season clothes moved to trunks, or open racks in attic, etc. You
could even hide the closets in the adjoining room behind shallow hinged
'built in' bookcases.
Check out the ClosetMaid hardware for configuring closets. They have poles
which mount directly from the shelves and can be coupled together. You can
buy the materials at Lowes and Home Depot.
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