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The sturdiest and most DIY-friendly way to support an overloaded closet rod is with a prop pole. Here's how to make one from round stock, available at any home center.

My wife and I recently reorganized our bedroom closet and added several new accessories, including a double-rod hanger, canvas shoe cubbies, and a column of "soft" shelves for sweaters. We were really happy with the results, but our closet rod wasn't so thrilled. It had trouble accommodating the added load and sagged further with each item we hung upon it.

Fortunately, I had some round stock (a.k.a. a wooden closet pole) left over from another project and used it to build a closet rod prop. While I was at it, I added some dowels to the prop pole so my wife could hang her belts and handbags. Now we're all happy -- no more sag and more space to hang stuff. The kicker? Total cost for this custom solution was less than $10.

Skill Level
About as easy as it gets, but you need to be comfortable using power tools.

Tools and Materials
-- Hand saw
-- Miter box
-- Hammer
-- Drill
-- 1" diameter spade bit
-- 1/4" diameter twist drill
-- 1 3/8" round stock (wood closet pole)
-- 1/4" dowel
-- Paint and small brush
-- Beads to cap ends of dowels
-- White glue

How to Make the Rod Support

1. Carefully measure the height of your closet rod. Be sure to measure the height it's supposed to be -- the straight part of the rod, not the part where it's sagging.

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2. Bore a hole in the round stock so the bottom of the hole intersects with the mark you made for the desired prop height.

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3. Saw through the rod at the center of the hole to create a notch in which the closet rod can rest.

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4. Bore 1/4" diameter holes near the top of the pole and insert 1/4" dowels. The fit will be tight, so you'll need a hammer to tap the dowels into position.

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5. Bore 1/4'" holes into plastic, wood, or clay beads. Do not attempt to drill the beads while holding them in your hand! I put mine in a clamp, as pictured. You may also use a vise with padded jaws.

6. Fit the beads on the ends of the dowels.
I didn't need glue, but if yours are loose, apply a dab of white glue. The beads will prevent bags and other accessories from slipping off.

  • mark

    try downy's wrinkle release. that should straighten things out.

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