How high should closet rods be
Before you begin installing a closet rod, it’s essential to determine the height of the closet. This will ensure your rod is the correct length and can be safely installed for optimal functionality. Measuring the height of a closet isn’t difficult but does require some basic equipment and a bit of patience. Follow these steps to measure your closet’s height with ease:
- Measure the height of the closet’s ceiling.
- Subtract the height of the closet rod from the ceiling height.
- Measure the height of the closet’s floor.
- Subtract the floor height from the ceiling height.
- Add the two measurements together.
Measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling
Before you begin to install a high closet rod, it is important to measure the distance between the floor and ceiling in your closet. Measure twice (along each wall) to ensure accuracy. Utilize a measuring tape that is at least 25 feet long and be sure to include any obstructions such as water pipes or air ducts. Mark the measurement on the wall with light pencil marks so that you will not lose them later during installation. That way, when you’re installing the rod, you can be sure you know how high it needs to be placed and how much storage space will be available in each section underneath it.
After taking an accurate measurement of the height of your closet, continue on with the steps for installing a high closet rod for increased storage space and organization.
Measure the distance from the closet shelf to the ceiling
Before installing a closet rod, it is important to make sure that it will be the correct height. To properly determine the distance the rod should be from the closet shelf to the ceiling, you will need to measure several items:
- First of all, measure the space between your closet shelf and the ceiling, not forgetting to account for any molding or other obstructions that may be in between.
- You will also need to know how much space is needed above and below a standard hanger in order to hang clothes safely on the rod. Standard hangers usually require 10-12 inches above them and 4-6 inches below them when measuring from finished floor level.
- Once you are done measuring those items calculate if there is enough space between your closet shelf and ceiling for both a standard hanger plus slightly extra room for clearance above and below it so clothes do not drag on floor or get too tightly packed on rod for proper air circulation when hung up.
- If after these measurements you find that there still isn’t enough room for your garments -adding an extra 6 inches from top of standard hanger length can help make more space which means more room for clothing!
Choose the Right Rods
Installing the right closet rods can help you maximize the space in your closet and provide efficient storage for your garments. When selecting the type of rods to install in your closet, there are a few key points to keep in mind.
First, you need to consider how high you want the rods to be in order to accommodate the items you plan to hang. It is important to get the height just right so that you have enough clearance for the items and enough space to hang them.
This article will provide some tips on how to determine the ideal height for your closet rods:
Choose an adjustable rod for easy installation
Using an adjustable rod for your closet is one of the best ways to ensure a perfect fit and easy installation. These rods come in a variety of sizes and lengths, so you can choose the perfect one for your space. An adjustable rod will not only ensure that the height is correct, but they are also easier to install than permanent rods.
The first step when installing an adjustable rod is to measure the inside of your closet. This measurement should include its full width, full height, and distance between wall studs. Knowing these measurements will help you determine the right size and length of rod for your space.
Once you have chosen an adjustable closet rod that fits your requirements, insert the crossbar into each end of the hanging rods before mounting them on either side of the closet’s opening at the desired height. Make sure that there’s no major gap or overlap between both segments on either side. The flexibility of these rods allows it to be curved slightly depending on installation requirements or existing hardware limitations such as drawer hardware or hangers already mounted to a predrilled hole in a stud wall.
Finally, tighten all lock nuts securely so there won’t be any pockets created when hanging clothes on either end of the pole or risk it slipping or moving when bearing any weight such as items drying from laundering or heavier garments being hung up after ironing them etc. After completing these steps your high adjustable closet rod should be securely mounted and ready for use!
Choose a rod that is strong enough to hold the weight of clothes
When installing high closet rods in your home, it is important to choose a rod that is strong enough to hold the weight of clothes. Flimsy or weak rods may bend under the weight of clothes and cause the entire installation to become unstable. If your closet rod will be used for heavy items such as jackets, coats, and other thicker garments, you should look for rods that have higher load-bearing capabilities. As with most tools and materials needed for home improvement projects, look at ratings and read customer feedback before making a purchase. A strong rod will provide your closet with reliable support so you can feel confident in using it day after day.
The diameter of the closet rod should also be well suited to the size of the closet itself. Thinner rods are typically best for small or narrow closets where space may be limited, while thicker or sturdier options work better in larger closets. It is also beneficial to consider how many hangers will need to be hung from a single rod before making a selection; depending on size and weight capacity requirements, two rods may need to be installed instead of just one. Opting for closet rods made from sturdy metals like steel or aluminum will ensure durability over time—avoid plastic versions for heavier applications if possible.
Install the Rods
Installing high closet rods is a great way to create more storage space in closets. The height of the rods is an important factor to consider, as the higher you place them, the more hanging space you’ll have. It’s common to install closet rods at least 84 inches from the floor for optimal space saving potential.
In this section, we’ll go over the steps for installing high closet rods and discuss the proper height for them:
Mark the location of the rod on the wall
When installing high closet rods, the best way to ensure a secure and level installation is to first mark the location of the rod on the wall. This will help ensure accuracy when it comes time to actually attach it. Depending on the type of wall you have, there are two main approaches for marking your rod location:
- If you have a drywall surface without studs, you’ll need to use an anchor. For this application, use a pencil to mark where your anchor will go. With a hand drill and 1/4-inch masonry bit, drill a hole at each of your marks for the anchor screws. Carefully thread an anchor into each hole, then install your high closet rods by inserting the screws into them and tightening until the rods are secure.
- For walls with studs already present behind drywall or wood paneling, you can use longer bolts with washers and nuts for secure attachment of your closet rod. To check for studs in drywall walls, run a powerful magnet along it until it gets caught on something – that is likely where one of your studs is located. Mark its location in pencil, and then proceed to measure out from that point for proper installation alignment with another stud using measuring tape or laser level measurements if available. With such measurements taken and marked in pencil–or directly onto studs themselves–you’ll be able to securely attach your high closet rods with bolts or lag screws as instructed by compatible hardware instructions (e.g., washers + lag screw). Finally tighten until everything is secure against movement or shifting when pressure is applied laterally later on during regular use.
Drill holes for the screws
Once you decide the proper placement for your rods, it’s time to drill some holes. To ensure the rods stay in place, you’ll need to insert screws every 12 to 16 inches. This means you will have multiple points of contact held by several screws and/or anchors.
Using a measuring tape and a level for reference, start by marking where each hole will be on the wall or ceiling. Keep in mind that standard studs are located 16 inches apart on center – so if you are drilling into drywall, try to hit studs or use drywall anchors for additional support.
Using a cordless drill with a bit designed for the material you’re drilling into is best practice. For instance, if you are mounting into drywall use an adjustable spiral tipped bit designed specifically for this purpose (often marked as “all purpose”). Then determine what size bit is necessary – be sure it’s slightly smaller than your screw size – 1/8 of an inch difference is usually optimal). If mounting into wood, such as a wall stud or shelf board, then use an appropriately sized spade bit for piloting your holes first.
For tighter spaces where it may be more challenging to position yourself, using extensions allow better reach when creating holes and driving screws. With extensions added carefully create pilot holes using the appropriate spade bit (if drilling into wood) or all-purpose spiral tipped bit (if drilling into drywall). Once pilot holes have been created drive in screws using anchor settings (if applicable) and ensure optimum security of your closet rod with quality screws and fasteners unique to your project specifications. Always be sure to wear eye protection when working with any power tool and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Install the rod and secure it with screws
Before you begin installing a high closet rod, be sure to measure the height of the closet. This will help you know how much space to leave between the lowest and highest points on the rod. The distance between these two points should be equal on both sides and about 1-2 inches longer than the width of your coat hangers.
Choose rod brackets that are sturdy and when secured will safely hold up all items hung from it. Most rods come complete with mounting hardware, brackets, screws and even a template demonstrating where each rod mount should be located on.
Hang the Clothes
Installing closet rods can be a great way to maximize the storage potential of your closet. Typically, it is recommended to install closet rods at least 80 inches from the floor to the center of the rod. This will allow you to hang multiple items of clothing, such as coats and suits, in the closet.
Let’s take a look at the best way to install these high closet rods:
Hang shirts and blouses on the top rod
Once the closet rod is securely fastened to the wall, hang shirts, blouses, and other lightweight items on the top rod. Heavier items such as coats and heavier jackets will go on the bottom if they won’t fit on the upper rod. When hanging heavy clothing take special care to ensure that you don’t overload one side of the closet rod with clothing which can cause it to eventually come loose from its mounting.
It’s also a good idea to organise your wardrobe so that lighter items hang alongside heavier ones in order to evenly distribute weight on both sides of the upper closet rod. By doing this, you will reduce any potential stress on the mounting points and should prolong the life of your clothes racks or rods. Hangers should be able to move freely without snagging or getting stuck when pushed along by lighter clothing while hanging in between heavier items.
Hang pants and skirts on the bottom rod
The lower rod of a closet can be used to hang pants and skirts. It is important to consider the closet’s design before hanging clothes. If the closet features built-in shelves, you might need to install an additional rod that is parallel with the top of the shelf. Different sizes of hangers will keep skirts and pants from falling off or wrinkling. Wood hangers are best for skirts, because they provide natural padding around the waistband area, keeping items in an organized manner.
Some clothing pieces will require special hangers or racks due to their unique shape or material construction. Suits and jackets should be hung on sturdy hangers with notched shoulders and additional support to keep them in good condition over time. Placing a suit garment bag or heavy muslin cloth around the jacket will help protect it from dust and mildew when it is not being worn. Shorts, capris, jeans and other loose items should be hung flat rather than looped over standard clothes hangers for effective organization in a wardrobe closet.
Hang heavier items on the bottom rod
When installing a double rod closet system, most experts will suggest that you hang heavier items such as jackets and jeans on the bottom rod. This prevents unnecessary burden from the top rod. Additionally, heavier clothing items are less likely to blow off their hangers due to their weight. This can be especially beneficial for people living in areas with frequent strong winds or gusty weather.
To ensure that the clothes will fit properly on the bottom rod, it is best to hang them close to the wall and not out too far in order to provide ample space on top. Doing so will also help prevent bumping into hanging items when trying to access something on the upper rod. Additionally, hanging heavier items lower also helps reduce shrinkage since gravity holds them down nicely against the closet wall rather than stretching them away from it.
For some individuals, a second bar might be needed for more support and so more weight is distributed evenly across both rods instead of all of it being placed on one alone. When possible, it is wise to have an additional support bar installed for both convenience and safety reasons.