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boston_guy

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06-27-2016 05:58 PM

I have always cherished the tips I’ve gotten on this forum.

I have a small condo (535 square feet).

The condo has a closet in my small bedroom.

I also have a pantry in the kitchen.

Between the kitchen and living room is yet another closet. But this closet is only 12 inches deep. One cannot shut the closet door if a normal coat hanger is hanging on the rod (see photo below). To shut the door one needs to move the hanger sideways.

Unfortunately, I cannot make the closet deeper because right behind it is a chimney flue that is surrounded by bricks. This flute begins in the basement, above a water heater and furnace, and goes up 3 floors and comes out on the roof (see roof photo).

I could get smaller hangers. But I don’t think these hangers can work with an adult’s clothes.

What can I do with this space?

The closet is 7 feet and 7 inches tall. And it’s 2 feet wide.

Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

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smeyer

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#1 posted 06-27-2016 06:29 PM

I would consider taking out the hanger rail and just put in shelves. Then fold your clothes and put them on the shelves like they do in many clothing stores.

I can’t tell what is behind the closet door, but another option would be to tear out the front wall of the closet and move it forward far enough to fit the hanger. This would be a lot messier and involve redoing drywall and painting.

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#2 posted 06-27-2016 10:54 PM

Mount a couple rods perpendicular to the back wall. Similar to the style that can be purchased to hang on the top of a door. One high and one low. That way you have the hangers parallel to door and rear wall and it’s wide enough at 2’.
Not as easy to see what’’s on the hangers behind the one in the front but it’s better than nothing. Some of the valet style rods are angled down with holes for the hangers so you can see the garments easier.

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#3 posted 06-27-2016 11:04 PM

+1 to angled (or valet) rods.

http://www.closetbay.com/Valet-Rods/Drop-down-Valet-6-hole/

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devann

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#4 posted 06-27-2016 11:12 PM

You might consider looking into the closetmaid products. They’re easy to find, many retail outlets have them. You can search and find out what works best for your situation.

Or, build a custom bookcase that is a removable unit with some remaining space that could be used for hidden firearms storage. If the can’t find them they can’t steal them.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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boston_guy

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#5 posted 06-28-2016 07:54 PM

SmittyCabinetshop,

I’m really intrigued by your suggestion of valet rods. This is the first time I’m seeing them.

But I’m also appreciative of the other suggestions.

My urgent need is to get more space for hanging clothes. The bedroom closet is not that big. This is why I’m zeroing in on the valet rods.


+1 to angled (or valet) rods.

http://www.closetbay.com/Valet-Rods/Drop-down-Valet-6-hole/

- SmittyCabinetshop


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#6 posted 06-28-2016 09:33 PM


My urgent need is to get more space for hanging clothes.

- boston_guy


Until I read this, I was thinking, take out the rod, put shelves in, and use the closet as a pantry, since it’s near the kitchen.

Is there enough space in the bedroon for a wardrobe?
Otherwise, it’s another vote for the valet rods.

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boston_guy

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#7 posted 06-28-2016 11:50 PM

The bedroom is really tight. A king size bed would cover most of the floor.

My urgent need is to get more space for hanging clothes.

- boston_guy

Until I read this, I was thinking, take out the rod, put shelves in, and use the closet as a pantry, since it s near the kitchen.

Is there enough space in the bedroon for a wardrobe?
Otherwise, it s another vote for the valet rods.

- splatman


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boston_guy

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#8 posted 06-28-2016 11:57 PM

MAKZ06,

I should also thank you for first bringing up the idea of the valet rod. :)

I would never have thought of it.


Mount a couple rods perpendicular to the back wall. Similar to the style that can be purchased to hang on the top of a door. One high and one low. That way you have the hangers parallel to door and rear wall and it s wide enough at 2 .
Not as easy to see what s on the hangers behind the one in the front but it s better than nothing. Some of the valet style rods are angled down with holes for the hangers so you can see the garments easier.

- MAKZ06


Mount a couple rods perpendicular to the back wall. Similar to the style that can be purchased to hang on the top of a door. One high and one low. That way you have the hangers parallel to door and rear wall and it s wide enough at 2 .
Not as easy to see what s on the hangers behind the one in the front but it s better than nothing. Some of the valet style rods are angled down with holes for the hangers so you can see the garments easier.

- MAKZ06


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boston_guy

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#9 posted 06-29-2016 02:06 PM

Unfortunately, I’ve just finished doing all the measurements. Valet rods will not work because I only have room for one rod. The closet is too narrow to fit 2 rods. It’s only 2 feet wide. I really thought this idea would work!

So it’s back to shelves as the best way to utilize this space.

Maybe I can do an adjustable shelves thing. The only problem is that the adjustable shelves I’ve seen always look tacky. But there could be some good looking ones out there. I’ll have to do some more homework.

One good thing with the shelves idea is that at least the closet is tall (7 feet, 7 inches). So I can fit a number of shelves.

My urgent need is to get more space for hanging clothes.

- boston_guy

Until I read this, I was thinking, take out the rod, put shelves in, and use the closet as a pantry, since it s near the kitchen.

Is there enough space in the bedroon for a wardrobe?
Otherwise, it s another vote for the valet rods.

- splatman


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Rick M

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#10 posted 06-29-2016 04:23 PM

When it comes to adjustable shelves I think you have to bite the bullet and accept how they look. People have tried many ways to make them look better and most of those end up looking worse than pins.

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splatman

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#11 posted 06-29-2016 11:41 PM

In most closets with shelves, the space between the door and the shelves is often wasted. Make the shelves such that they almost touch the door. Essentially going from the back wall out to almost flush with the door stops. This design may look funky, but it will let you utilize all the space from the door to the back wall. Just make sure you don’t put any shelves at the same height as the doorknob.

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Jess

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#12 posted 07-01-2016 07:27 PM

I have a few of these and they are amazing! Each hanger holds up to 20 items and the head swivels so you can fit it into a shallow closet. I imagine you could use 2 or 3 of them in that closet…

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boston_guy

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#13 posted 07-02-2016 06:20 PM

Jess,

Thank you very much for your tip. Those hangers definitely look really cool. The only problem with my situation is that I can really only fit one of those hangers in my small closet. I measured and saw that if I hang a coat sideways, it takes up the whole width of the closet. This is why it seems a waste of space to use this closet to hang clothes sideways. I might as well put in shelves. Do you see my point?

Maybe I can use one of these hangers for my other closet in the bedroom.

But God bless you for trying to help me.


I have a few of these and they are amazing! Each hanger holds up to 20 items and the head swivels so you can fit it into a shallow closet. I imagine you could use 2 or 3 of them in that closet…

- Jess


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daddywoofdawg

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#14 posted 07-03-2016 05:12 AM

skirt/apron under the shelf,and then run two three rods front to back,your clothes would hang in lines, I.e one in front of the other.

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boston_guy

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#15 posted 07-03-2016 07:32 PM

daddywoofdawg,

I wish I understood what you said in your post.

Do you mean have rods of different lengths? In other words, going from left to right, the first is shortest, then the next one is a bit longer, then the last one if the longest but does not prevent the door from closing?

Sorry but I’m really slow with these matters. Please bear with me. :)


skirt/apron under the shelf,and then run two three rods front to back,your clothes would hang in lines, I.e one in front of the other.

- daddywoofdawg


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