We’ve all got “stuff”, lots and lots of stuff. Living with someone who loves to organize, it’s somewhat of a game at our house to find ways to store it – neatly. If it were up to me, I’d throw everything in a cardboard box, shut the door and call it good. Instead, I was asked, nicely, to solve the closet storage problem.

Take a look at the closets in your house. Do most of them have one rod?  Do you have stuff piled above and crammed below whatever’s hanging there? Why not fully utilize your closet space. Imagine double rods and some shelves. Now how much stuff could that closet hold?

Let’s Do This.

Shopping List:

  • 1×4 lumber long enough to fit in both end walls
  • 1×12 shelving long enough to fit the full width of your closet
  • closet rod sockets
  • closet rod the same length as your shelf
  • one or two shelf bracket/rod holders depending on the width of your closet

closet supplies

  1. Remove the existing rod, shelf, and any of the pieces on the walls, leaving just a bare canvas inside of your closet.
  2. Measure up from the floor 39 and 80 inches and mark with pencil.  Do this in all of the corners.  These marks will be the center of your new rods when you’re finished.
  3. Using your stud finder, locate the studs on the back wall of the closet – mark them. Check the end walls to see if there are any there – mark them.  Chances are, you won’t find any on the end walls, except in the corners. (We’ll get to that in a minute).
  4. Measure the short, end walls of your closet and cut your 1×4 to those lengths.  Pre-drill the ends and attach them to the wall with 2” screws centering them on your 39 or 80 inch marks.  If there happens to be studs in the middle of the wall somewhere, you can also attach the boards there.
  5. Using your level, draw a line on the back wall that is even with the top of the boards on the end walls.  This mark will be where the top of the shelf brackets will go.  Depending on the width of your closet, secure a bracket to the stud closest to the center of the wall with 1 ¼” screws or longer.  You’ll want to space the brackets no more than 3 feet from the end walls or from each other, so it may be necessary to put two brackets on the wall.
  6. Measure from 1×4 to 1×4 in the “hook” of the shelf brackets.  Subtract 3/8” from that number and cut your closet rod to that length.  Set the rod on the bracket hooks and mark the 1×4’s by tracing around the end of the rod.   If you’re only using one bracket, be sure to put  your level on the rod before you mark the ends.closet-rod
  7. Remove the rod and attach the rod sockets to the 1×4’s where you marked them, then replace the rod.  Next measure the back wall on top of the 1×4’s at the back corner and cut your 1×12 shelving to that length.
  8. Repeat this process for the other height on the wall with the materials you removed originally and you have just doubled your closet space!

Another option is to purchase the white wire shelving from a home improvement store, like  Lowes or Home Depot.  You’ll need different tools for installation, like a hacksaw and possibly some drill bits for the anchors, but you can still use the same measurements from the floor. The wire shelving comes with directions for securing them snugly to the walls.


See ya next time when we’ll talk about adding shelving.