Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hanging Clothing Rod

Part of the area under Sofia's loft needs to be used as a closet.  I looked all over to find a cheap, appropriately sized hanging clothing rod but was having difficulty.  I wanted it to hang straight down from the underside of the loft but most of the rods I found needed to be attached at either end to a wall instead.  Once again I was going to need to make something up and I wanted to do it as cheaply as possible.  It's no fun spending money on something boring like a clothing rod!  I hit Home Depot and ended up in the plumbing aisle.  Here's what I got:


I started out with something like a 2 1/2" pvc pipe before Tim pointed out that it was too fat for a hanger to hook over.  So I went back and got a 1" pvc pipe instead.

First I shortened the metal clamps (I don't know the proper name for these things!) by bending them back and forth until they snapped.


I then primed and painted them the same color as the underside of the loft and wrapped them with yarn to make them prettier.


Then I screwed them into the underside of the loft.


You can see where some of the paint flaked off here.  That happened when I had to bend the metal strip a bit to get it to sit right on the wood.  I can always fix this with a little extra primer and paint later, but it isn't that noticeable so I may just leave it.

Then I sanded the writing off of the pvc pipe so that it would not look so junky.


I slid the pipe through the hangers and added a little glue to hopefully keep it in place.  Done!


Sofia's room is a bit of a mess right now, but hopefully soon I'll have it all cleared out and she can really use the under-loft area to hang out in.

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