Closet Rods, Brackets and Supports

These days, you'll find more fun closet accessories at your fingertips than you could ever imagine. But sometimes, the most basic gadgets, like the closet rod, can make just the difference you need in organizing your closet.
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Even with all of the right closet accessories and gadgets, sometimes all your space needs is a solid closet rod.

Specialty Features for Your Closet

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Cellaret

Cellarets — or built-in drawer insets — keep socks, ties, and other delicate items organized and clearly visible. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker

Laundry Cabinet

Incorporating laundry storage in your closet lets you keep dirty clothes out of sight yet readily accessible. Add a removable liner so you can easily transport the clothes to the laundry room. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Photo By: John Granen

Pull-Out Pant Rack

A pull-out pant rack keeps pants looking freshly pressed and makes it easy to find your favorite pair. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker

Valet Pole

If you want a spot to hang dry cleaning or plan outfits, a valet pole is a handy addition to your closet. These pull-out poles usually install into a vertical panel in your closet system and come in a variety of colors and finishes. Photo courtesy of California Closets

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Jewelry Organizer

Often made of felt, velvet or suede, jewelry inserts for drawers offer multiple compartments for small items like rings, bracelets, watches and glasses. Some come with locks to keep valuables safe. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker

Hutch

Hutches or hutch-style dressers are popular because they combine open and closed storage. Available with different drawer and shelf combinations, a tall hutch can also act as a space divider for cohabitation closets. Photo courtesy of California Closets

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Pull-Out Table

Handy for folding clothes or packing for trips, a pull-out table saves space since it can be stowed away when not in use. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker

Basic closet rods include metal and wooden varieties that require minimal installation. The single most important aspect of properly installing a closet rod is making sure it is secure and able to bear the weight it will be expected to support. You must also be careful to hang it at an appropriate height that will allow longer items, like dresses, to hang properly so they won't get caught in your sliding closet doors.

Before installing a closet rod, it is best to place closet brackets in a position on the wall that allows for the most support. This will require a stud finder. Once wall studs have been located, closet rods and brackets can be screwed into the stud for optimal support.

Closet rods come in a few different shapes, including circular and oval options. No matter the choice you make, a closet rod will make a useful addition to other closet organization systems, such as shelves, drawers and hooks.

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