How To Install a Clothes Rod

If you don’t know how to install a clothes rod, it is a simple process and comes in handy when you need a quick solution for hanging clothes. Simple brackets like the ones used in this project are cheap, and follow the same steps as a shelf installation. These are a temporary solution in my bedroom until I build something permanent in the closet.

How to Install a Clothes Rod

Required Tools

  • Cordless drill
    • Can use Phillips screwdriver for replacement
  • Cross-cut hand saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Level

Required Materials

  • Wooden closet rod
  • Clothes rod brackets
  • Wall anchors with screws
  • Optional: Mounting screws

This project is easy and takes minutes. Enjoy!


Installing the brackets

  • If you already have a level shelf in the closet, you can just align the brackets to the bottom of the shelf, and mark where you will need to screw them to the wall. If no shelf, use a tape measure to measure your desired height down from the ceiling, and a level to find even markings on the other side of your wall for the second bracket.
  • Drill pilot holes to prepare for installing the wall anchors

  • Screw the wall anchors into the wall so they are flush with the wall.
  • When you drill a screw into the anchor to mount your bracket, it will cause the back of the anchor to split and attach itself to the back of your wall, making for a much stronger hold.

  • If you want to hide the screws used to hold your bracket to the wall, use mounting screws to mount the bracket. They come with plastic washers and caps that can be used to hide the screw heads.

Installing the clothes rod
  • Measure the width between your mounted brackets to determine the needed width of the rod.
  • Measure the needed width of the clothes rod with your tape measure and mark a cut line.
  • Using a handsaw, cut the needed length from the rod.
  • Place the rod into the brackets and double check everything with a level.

I told you it was easy! I just hung basic brackets in my closet for now, but they make more decorative brackets and solutions that come with shelving for a much cleaner look. Down the road, we will take a look at how to build out the closet even more!

Trust me, that wallpapered shelf is getting a major upgrade down the road.

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