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Old 01-14-2015, 01:08 PM   #1
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Adding hanger rail in closet


I would like to raise the hanger rail in the closet enough so that I can add a second one under it. Has anyone ever thought of this? I've been thinking about it theory but I'm always stuck with these questions:

What if the pants or shirts are longer than the room allotted between rails?
Will it be too high to reach or tiresome after a while to reach that high?
Will the closes be as accessible or will they be too bunched up?

Suggestions?

N.B.: Naturally I would remove the shelf and the items on the floor.
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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If you have 8' walls do some measuring to see if the shelf 18" from the ceiling would work. I believe it would unless you be Xtra tall.

Or, you could roll your trousers like the military teaches and place them on a second lower shelf then there would be room for the floor clutter like mine is.

BTW, that closet looks just about the size of mine. The carpenter said - " I need a piece of hanger pipe 28" long for yours and one 148" for your wife's closet".

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I would use some 1x4s from front to back of the closet on each side screwed to the studs and then 1 inch conduit for the hanger pipe.
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I would like to raise the hanger rail in the closet enough so that I can add a second one under it. Has anyone ever thought of this? I've been thinking about it theory but I'm always stuck with these questions:

What if the pants or shirts are longer than the room allotted between rails?
Will it be too high to reach or tiresome after a while to reach that high?
Will the closes be as accessible or will they be too bunched up?

Suggestions?

N.B.: Naturally I would remove the shelf and the items on the floor.
You can answer all of your questions by simply taking a few pieces and doing some measuring. You have to decide how high is good enough. Then determine if the clothes you choose for the upper rod will be OK or too long for a lower rod.

So easy, a caveman can do it!

Good luck.
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Double rods are done all the time, go for it.
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As Jim said, it's done all of the time, and I like it. You might want to do a mockup with a faux rod in the garage or someplace though, just to be sure. I was set to do my closet like that maybe 10 years ago, and I'm not a chauvinist (as far as I know anyway), but my 5' tall wife, who does most of the laundry, was not able to reach the upper rod, so I abandoned the idea.
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I have doubles in my closet. Never been a problem. The wife has doubles in most of hers; some dresses need more height.

This isn't a major, life altering project. If it don't work for you, you simply move them back.
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Yes doubles are the way to go IMO if you need more space. I don't remember off hand exact numbers but I think from the floor to the top of the top rod should be 82" and the floor to the top of the bottom rod should be 40 1/2". Then add 2" from the top of the top rod to the bottom of the top shelf. I recently did some closets in my house and researched standards and those numbers seemed to come up a lot.
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Here's one I recently saw, just to give you a visual.
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perfect sketchup example progreen. i build them that way all the time. a typical single rod closet will put the shelf at 68" off the floor and the rod hangs on 4" cleats. with a double rod detail i move the top shelf up to 80" and then put the lower one at 40"
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Very nice wwbk. I' have a MB closet I'd love to have a carpenter do this in, but alas I don't know any carpenters.
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with a double rod detail i move the top shelf up to 80" and then put the lower one at 40"
The problem with that is that the pants that will be hung on the lower rod will touch the ground, UNLESS they are hung like this:



Sometimes I see pants hung this way in stores, although I prefer the first way:

I'm trying to think if there's ever a time I'll need to hang pants with their full length (i.e.: recently ironed) before I commit to this project. Otherwise, I'll be forced to raise the top rod to a height that is uncomfortable to reach to.
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Solidify, perhaps it's possible to raise the top rod up as you want, and buy a shorter rod with a 90 degree return arm (to attach to rear closet wall) to run half way across the bottom at 40" Then you could hang your non permanent press items from the top yet still have the second lower rod for shorter garments. I suspect those rods are available in the Elfa Closet system at the Container Store. Something like this, although here it's the top rod that's modified to allow longer items: (http://www.containerstore.com/shop/c...RacksWardrobes
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Sound like a good idea. The closet has enough height to contain two hangers and honestly it looks half empty now, as if a a whole lot of space is simply wasted. I think you should go ahead with the idea.
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Thanks Shell. I completed the project a while ago and forgot to post a photo.

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I'll repaint in the summer since it's not urgent.
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