When your closet suddenly sags, blame your closet rod for it. Maybe, it is not thick enough to support the weight of your clothes. Or, it spanned too wide. But don’t worry. You don’t need to buy another closet. Here are two easy-to-do-tips to make your closet standing sturdy again:
Find a suitable substitute for your closet’s undersized rod. If the sagging is not that worse, get a better replacement for your closet rod. Of course, better means thicker. The standard diameter is between 11.16 and 15.8 inches, or between 27 and 41 mm. If you intend to put more clothes into your closet, consider the additional load. That should help you choose the appropriate size for your closet road. There should be no problem if you go for the maximum size.
Once you got the rod replacement, take the old rod from the socket. You won’t miss it. It is U-shaped. Once taken out, use the old rod to determine the actual length for your replacement. You need a saw to cut proficiently. When the cutting is done, prepare to set your new rod. Fit it into the same sockets where you removed the old rod.
Prepare to mount the additional support for your closet. Begin locating the stud in your closet. You can find it on your closet’s rear wall. It is near the midspan. You may need to use a flashlight to see it well. Direct the light at low angle. That should be across the baseboard and the wall. Notice the small indentations. They indicate the location of a fastener. Once you found it, tap there. The stud should be in that area. If you want to double check, feel the wall. It should get warmer as you tap. You should also expect hearing a dull, almost hollow spot.
Put the rod bracket on top of the stud. It should also be up and against the shelf of your closet. You need to align the new rod bracket with the closet's pole sockets. You can do that by moving these pole sockets. Follow an in and out movement until everything gets perfectly aligned.
You have to mark the exact location of the existing bracket mounting holes. First, put the wall markings. Then, on the closet shelf, just on the underside. After that, drive the nail through the wall. Do it partway where you put the markings. By doing that, you get to verify if the stud is present. If it is present, continue tapping. Stop after hitting one and then, drive the nail to finally confirm. Get your drill to screw the new bracket into your wall. Use a screwdriver if you don’t have a drill.
Here is a precaution. When you drill or put a screw into your wall, there is always a risk. You may hit an electric cable or damage a pipe. So, it is practical to move slowly. Listen and feel for anything unexpected. Stop when there is a resistance or a weird sound.