By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Long before there was wire and laminated shelving systems, there was the basic wooden closet rod and shelf. This plain vanilla version of closet shelving remains a low-cost, practical storage solution for any closet where you want a sturdy hanging rod and shelf. The wooden hanging rod is attached to metal rod supports installed on a strip of wood or cleat that is fastened to the side and back walls of the closet. Above the rod a wooden shelf rests on the wall cleat. An additional metal bracket fastened to the cleat in the middle of the back wall can support a long shelf.
The installation involves planning the layout and finding wall studs, fastening the 1-by-4-foot cleats to the walls, installing the brackets on the cleats, and then putting the rod and 1-by-12-foot shelf in place. You'll need a measuring tape, stud finder, electric drill with bits, hammer, nails, saw and wood screws.
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The most difficult part of the job is cleaning out the closet and removing castoff clothing and unwanted items. To really transform a closet, first paint the walls before installing the rod and shelf.
You'll find the wooden shelf, cleat and shelf-and-rod brackets at hardware stores and home centers costing about $65. A carpenter or handyman will do this job for $101, but if you purchase and install it yourself you can save 35 precent.
Now you know the average cost to install a closet shelf and rod, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020