OK, file this under uber anal, but I was going to install hooks in a closet, and as I was marking the halfway point between the closet rod and the front wall, I thought "This is stupid: the clothes hanging on the rod and the ones hanging from the hook are going to try occupying the same space at the same time -- I should move the hook toward the front wall."
The question then became "How much towards the front wall?" At which point I figured that someone had worked this out before, and probably someone in the DIYChatroom community would know it, hence, this post...
Closet sizes vary. Put a hanger on the closet rod and then use the dimension halfway between the hanger and the wall for your hook placement. I don't personally see getting much additional storage out of the average closet by adding hooks. Unless it's only going to be used for scarves or a belt or two. Anything else will interfere with the hanging clothes.
Do it right from the beginning if you only want to do the job once. It'll be cheaper in the long term.
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Thanks. In a way, I had the same sentiment as you: stuff hanging from hooks will interfere with clothes on hangers, so why am I doing this?!?
I'd add PJs to your short list.
In any event, I'll take your common-sense positioning advice (which in hindsight seems so obvious, but then the obvious all too often seems to escape us, which is often why common sense isn't all that common!).