Closet rods come in packages with their own mounting brackets, or you can simply use a length of wood doweling and two plastic mounting brackets that you buy separately. If you don't plan to hang heavy items, you could even install a tension rod. Whatever method you choose, you want the rod to be level and far enough inside the closet to allow the door to close easily.
Locate a solid surface on which to screw the mounting brackets or place the tension rod. One-inch lumber pieces attached to the closet's side walls as shelf supports make ideal backings for a closet rod, but if there are no shelf supports, find the wall stud closest to the required position on each wall, using a stud finder.
If the studs aren't across from each other, use a simple workaround:
- Measure the distance between the two studs in each wall with a tape measure.
- Cut a length of 1-by 4-inch lumber to that length with a circular saw.
- Screw the wood to the two studs, using a torpedo level to make the wood level before driving 3-inch screws into each stud.
- Mark the position of the closet rod on each piece of wood, ensuring that each mark is the same distance from the floor. A typical workable height is between 40 and 80 inches.
Set a mounting bracket on each mark and use a pencil to mark the positions of the screw holes. Some brackets have only one hole -- others have two. Drill a 1/8-inch hole on each mark.
Screw the brackets to the wood with the screws that come with them.
Measure the distance between the insides of the brackets with a tape measure. Cut a wood dowel closet rod to that distance, minus 1/4 inch to ensure an easy fit.
If your closet rod is adjustable, adjust it to the distance instead.
Place the rod in the brackets.