My new apartment has exactly two closets, both of which are about deep enough and wide enough for one thin person to stand in. Of course, that just wasn’t going to cut it, so I went to pinterest for some inspiration. I found the below image featuring an industrial-style curtain rod used to store clothes.
I priced out curtain rods at West Elm, Restoration Hardware and Crate and Barrel and found nothing for less than $70. So I decided to do it myself.
All it took were a few plumbing fittings from Home Depot, a can of black semi-gloss spray paint, and a little help to get it installed. Total cost: under $40. Total time investment: 1 hour of work, several hours of waiting for paint to dry.
What you will need:
2 half-inch diameter lengths of 24″ black or stainless steel plumbing pipe
2 half-inch diameter 90 degree elbows
1 half-inch diameter Threaded T
3 half-inch diameter floor flanges
You will first have to pick and scrape off the insanely annoying price tags and the tape that they are attached with. Then I used a multi-purpose bathroom cleaner to remove the grease they use to keep the pipes from rusting (if you don’t, your paint won’t stick). I then assembled my hanging rod (I didn’t want to risk getting paint in the pipe threading, making them difficult to screw together). Then I gave the whole thing two coats of black semi-gloss. I used Rustoleum and let the second coat dry over night just to be safe. Then you install it using screws and drywall anchors. Make sure you have a level handy and someone to help. Voila – more room for clothes.