Coat Closet Rod…or Industrial Curtain Hardware?

Do you see towels? If you see towels, you’re probably in the linen closet again.

– Marge Simpson

This is not one of those spectacular before and afters — you know, the ones where you’re not even sure it’s the same space? But it is something that instantly made the house more comfortable.

We had a linen closet.

Actually, less a linen closet and more a pharmaceutical enclosure.

Actually, less a linen closet and more a pharmaceutical enclosure

We still have a linen closet, but after a little work, it’s also…

Fewer drugs, more jackets

Fewer drugs, more jackets

A COAT CLOSET. Which we didn’t have. Despite a series of hook- and rack-based attempts near the back door over the last, oh, decade, our coats tended to end up draped over dining chairs. The cluttered and disorganized feeling was irritating, and we often said how great it would be to have a coat closet. We were just stuck on the idea that this perfectly useful closet was only for linens!

Ok, so that’s all well and good, but what I really wanted to share was my closet rod here. It’s made from leftover electrical conduit from the curtain rod project, but suspended by conduit hangers from the underside of the gloves-and-hats shelf. It’s perfect for our needs, but it occurred to me that it could be the basis for some great industrial style curtain rods. (You can read more about industrial style at Houzz.)

This, but attached to the ceiling and with curtains.

This, but attached to the ceiling and with curtains.

Without painting, and using conduit hangers (about $2 for a package of five), this would be even cheaper than my earlier project, and would be great in the right space.

Conduit hanger: cheap and cool!

Conduit hanger: cheap and cool!

Conduit hangers are in the electrical aisle near the junction boxes. Get the ones that match your conduit diameter. For closet or curtain rods, they are a handy little gadget.

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