If you had to get rid of any space in your home, what would it be? If you answered “Closet!”, I would be both surprised and mystified. Let’s get real, the spot where people display their prized clothing, accessories, and shoes is precious. Now that we’ve established that you don’t want to scrap this area, let me tell you how you can EXPAND it with just nominal time and effort!
I know what you’re thinking—you don’t want to get wrapped up in yet another DIY project that ends up turning into a half-finished mess. Don’t fret! If you follow these simple steps, you’ll end up with more storage space in no time at all.
Let’s start with the essentials—we bet you already have many of them in your garage! Here are the pieces that you will need to complete your project:
Size the dowel to fit in your closet
With the help of a miter box, use a handsaw to safely cut down the wood dowel so that it ends up spanning the exact width of your closet. As our host states in the video, if this part makes you nervous, be sure to bring in the proper measurements to your hardware store and they will complete the step for you.
Drill in the holes
Grab your power tool to drill pilot holes at both ends of your newly-sized wood dowel. The holes should rest about two inches from either end of the dowel.
Get your eye screws
Install the eye screws into each of the holes. Be sure that both are twisted all the way down so that the circular ends reach the surface of the wood.
Attach the chain link
During this step you will need to locate the existing curtain rod in your closet. First, be sure that it is properly secured— these bars tend to loosen over time if not originally installed properly. Then, taking your chain link, loop it around the first rod. Grab your wood dowel, and loop it around both of the eye hooks, so that there ends up being at least several feet of slack.
Think about the lengths of the items that you want to display. Adjust the dowel so that it hangs at your desired height.
For even more space saving options…
Add more eye screws to the bottom of the dowel, then insert S hooks into the circular slots. This decorative touch is especially handy if you’re looking to organize jewelry, shoes, backpacks, purses, or sporting equipment.
Watch the video below for more ways to build space for your clothing. You won’t believe what a difference this super simple project can do for your closet!
What do you think of this idea? Have you ever accomplished a similar task? If so, how did you go about completing it? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!