How To: Install a clothing rod in your closet

Install a clothing rod in your closet

Don't pay a handyman to do this simple job—learn how to become handy yourself!

You Will Need:
* A clothing rod
* A clothing rod holder
* A pencil
* A drill and bits
* Wall anchors
* Screws
* Leveler (optional)

Step 1: Identify wall substance
Identify what kind of wall will hold the rod—drywall, masonry, or concrete.

Step 2: Mark location
Figure out where you want to hang the rod, and mark the points with a pencil.

Step 3: Center the rod
Take one of the two clothing rod holders that come with the rod and center it on the mark you made on the wall.

Step 4: Mark screw holes
With your pencil, mark the position of the screw holes where your rod holders or ends will go.

Step 5: Drill pilot holes
Drill pilot holes into the marks you made that correspond with the screw holes. These holes should be slightly larger than the screws you will use.

Step 6: Insert anchors
Insert the wall anchors into the holes.
Step 7: Attach rod holder
Use the screws to attach the clothing rod holder to the wall.

Step 8: Level the rod
Hold the rod up to the first holder you've attached and mark the location where the screws on the other end will go.

Step 9: Attach second rod
Drill holes, install anchors, and attach the second clothing rod holder to the opposite wall.

Step 10: Slide rod into holders
Install the clothing rod into the holders. It should slip neatly into the holders from above.

Fact: The closet in Mariah Carey's Manhattan penthouse is 3,000 square feet!

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