This article is about how to install a closet rod. Installing a closet rod is a must have in any home as you will save a lot of space, by organizing your clothes in a professional manner. Generally speaking, on the market there are a lot of options when buying a closet rod, from the light products (designed to support a few cloths) up to the more complex wooden rods with heavy duty brackets (designed to support many pieces of cloths). Irrespective of the cases, there are a few tips one has to know before installing the closet rods properly: the height, the location and the choice of right of materials. Nevertheless, I wasn’t pleased with the brackets i have found at my local diy store, so i have decided to build heavy duty brackets, made of 1×4 timber.
In order to install a closet rod, you need the following:
- wooden closet rod
- 1×4 timber to build the heavy-duty brackets
- 2-3” screws
- drywall anchors/dowels
- protective paint
- safety gloves, glasses
- measuring tape, carpentry pencil, l-square
- stud finder
- circular saw/jigsaw to cut the closet rod
- drill machinery, drill bits, hole saw bit
- screws, drywall anchors, dowels for concrete wall
- paint brush
- use a spirit level, as to make sure you install the closet rod properly
- a few hours, one person
Building the brackets for the closet rod
In order to build the brackets for closet rod, we will need a good drill machinery with a hole saw bit, design for cutting holes in wood. We recommend you to avoid using hole saw bits made for cutting drywall or other materials, as they are dangerous for making holes in wood.
Smart tip: We recommend you to use a a drill bit with torque control, as in this manner you will be able to get the job done in a professional manner.
Next, we have to make holes in the 1×4 timber, as to build the wooden brackets for the closet rod. Consequently, you should choose the size of the hole saw bit which matches the dimensions of your wooden rod. Next, you have to position the drill machinery above the timber board and start gently to make a hole. Remember that you have to use an average speed at first, and afterwards you can increase the speed until you get the job done.
Smart tip: Make sure the wooden boards are secured into position properly, before starting making the holes.
In this image you can see the two brackets for the closet rod, after we have performed the holes and cut them, using a jigsaw. They could look much better if you use finished wooden boards, but they will be just fine if you sand them a little.
Smart tip: We cannot recommend you standard dimensions for the brackets, but we can reveal that in our case, we have cut them at 4×4”. Nevertheless, in your case, you must design them according to your needs and tastes.
After you have built the brackets for installing the closet rod, you have to smoothen the edges and the surface for a nice appearance. Consequently, you could use first medium-grit sandpaper (80-120) and then fine fine-grit sandpaper (150-180).
Smart tip: You should use a block sander, as it comes at a very low price and it is highly efficient when coming to sand a surface. In addition, you can attach the sandpaper very easily to it, as to finish this step very quickly.
After you have finished the wooden brackets for the closet rod, you have to protect them by using paint or a coat of varnish, according to your tastes. In our case we used a white paint, designed to protect the wood against moisture and other problems.
Smart tip: Use a small brush and paint the brackets outside or on a newspaper, as to avoid dirtying the floor.
Installing the closet rod brackets
Next, we have to install the brackets on the walls of the closet, as to be able to secure the wooden rod. Consequently, you have to decide the height at which you are going to install the closet rod and drill a couple of holes. Usually the closet rods are installed at about 4 1/2′ (150 cm) from the floor, but you can choose the height according to your needs.
Smart tip: Before drilling the holes in the wall place a post-it under the marks, as to retain the dust. In addition, before drilling, you have to use a stud finder to locate the studs (in the case of drywalls).
Next you have to inset plastic dowels in the holes, as to be able to fasten the brackets with screws. In order to install the plastic anchors, you should use a mallet.
Smart tip: The dowels must be chosen according to the screws you are going to use. In addition, the size of the drill bit must be proper for the anchors you are going to install.
Next, we have inserted in the holes metal points, as to make marks on the back of the wooden brackets. These metal pins are very useful in a lot of projects where precision is essential, so we recommend you to buy several pairs of these accessories.
Smart tip: You can skip this step if you first drill holes in the brackets and them make marks on the wall.
After we have installed the metal points in the holes, we have to use a mallet (rubber hammer) to make marks on the wooden brackets.
This operation should be straight forward, just make sure the bracket is aligned properly. Moreover, you must make sure that there are at least 1/2” from the hole to the edges of the brackets, otherwise you risk damaging the wood.
After you have made the marks on the wooden brackets, you have to make the holes using a drill machinery and a wooden drill bit. This procedure is quire simple, so any beginner should be able to get it done without any difficulty.
Smart tip: Place the wooden brackets over a wood board when drilling the holes, as to avoid damaging the drill bit or the floor.
Next we have to install the first bracket by using several 2-3” long screws. In order to fasten the wooden bracket for the wooden rod you have to use an electric screwdriver with torque control.
Smart tip: Do not insert the screw using high speeds, as you risk damaging the wood. In addition, if you use regular screws, you don’t have to countersink their heads are they aren’t too prominent.
In this image you can see a close up with one of the brackets for installing the closet rod. You should notice that the bracket is aligned perfectly and the screws are installed symmetrically.
Smart tip: Make sure the brackets are fastened properly, otherwise they won’t be able to support the weight of the clothes.
How to install a closet rod
Next, we have to install the other wooden bracket at the opposite end of the closet rod. Therefore, you have to cut the closet rod to the proper dimensions and use a spirit level mo mark the place where to install the other bracket. In addition, we have a project about how to install closet shelves.
Smart tip: This step is crucial for your project, so it would be a good idea to ask someone to give you a hand while marking the place of the other bracket.
In this image you can see the actual process of marking the opposite bracket, in order to install the closet rod. Consequently, you have to make sure the closet rod is perfectly level, making sure the wooden bracket is installed and to make a mark around it.
Smart tip: If the walls are made of plasterboards, you have to use a stud finder to make sure you will install the screws directly in the studs. If the studs are not around the place you want to fasten the brackets, you have to install a drywall anchor.
After you have made the marks on the drywall, you have to insert the plastic anchors as to secure the bracket. Consequently, you have to use a drilling machine with torque control and drive in the anchor in the drywall.
Smart tip: You could install a post-it under the marks, as to make sure the dust and other residues won’t spread throughout the room.
Next, you have to repeat the previous steps (drilling holes in the brackets) and insert the two screws as to make sure the brackets will be fastened properly.
Make sure there is no space left between the wooden brackets and the drywall, otherwise the closet rod won’t be secured properly. Work with patience as to make sure you do a proper job.
After you have installed the closet rod, your project should look similar to the one in the image. As we have already said, you can buy one of the many hardware for installing a closet rod, but we wanted to make sure it will support the weight of many cloths.
Smart tip: choose with great care the dimensions of your wooden closet rod, otherwise it will not support the weight, irrespective of the quality of the brackets.
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