Ideas for Hanging Clothes

We are moving into a studio type apartment. There are no closets and rather than build one in the existing space I was just going to have everything open. I need ideas and how to hang clothes. Some type of clothes racks?


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you can get a rack at department stores, usually used for hanging when you iron or do wash. and then get some garment bags, there are large ones, then you can hang clothes and protect them from dust. You could also make a large cover for the whold thing, add either a zipper or easier so ties or velcro to keep it closed. then you don't have to look at it at all and it will keep clothes clean. i have one since i don't have enough closet space. or just leave it as is and put behind a nice screen. val

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If you are a bit creative can build one out of water pipe and make it as long as you need. Two long pieces for top and bottom and two for sides then elbows and tees for the lefs and feet.

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We took a expanding shower curtain rod and put it in the middle of the bathtub. This is front to back of the tub. Our clothes dry over night and easy to use. I use the plastic clothes hangers on the wet clothes then transfer them to the other hangers to put back in the closet..Also there is a nice metal over the door hanger. The one we have is open all the way so we can hang a great deal on it.

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My husband and I hung some really nice-looking chains from the ceiling and put S-hooks on them. We then attached a long dowel rod to the hooks. Believe it or not, it looked fine, and it was definitely different. We used really shiny chains which helped the look.


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Get a retractable clothes line from any "Home Depot" type store. They are also at a local hardware store. You can actually hang them up in a closet, behind a door, inside a cabinet. Retract it when you need it and then close the door when you are done. Get clothes pins and clothes pin holders at the dollar store.

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Check out They have a lot of options that you maybe interested in. And priced right. You will get some great ideas from there.

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This is right up my alley! I've had to concoct many makeshift, cheap solutions over the years.......for myself and later for my children and now college age grandchildren! The idea I have for you will cost about $50.00 to $75.00 if all items are purchased new..........or much cheaper if you can find used! I hope I can paint a clear enough "word picture" so you can visualize what I have in mind. You will need two identical tall cheap bookcases.....the ones you assemble yourself. They usually are about 6 ft tall, 24 to 30 inches wide with shelves about 10 inches deep. They have 5 shelves......6 if you count the very top of the bookcase. They can usually be found in white, black or woodgrain color. I often see them for $20.00 each on sale or $30.00 each regularly at WalMart, Big Lots and such. You will also need a length of pipe from the plumbing section of Lowes. Home Depot or a hardware store. It is "iron pipe" about 1 inch in diameter (looks black). It is very strong.....won't sag or bend like aluminum or copper or PVC. It comes in 6 ft lengths. Think I paid about $7.00 for one recently. Assemble the two bookcases. When they're assembled put them back to back.......with the open shelves facing out. Look at the first shelf down from the top (not the top itself). Find the center (from side to side) at the top surface of that first top shelf. With a pocket knife or box knife cut a round hole in the center back of the bookcase. The bottom of that hole should be at the top surface of that shelf. The hole should be just big enough for the pipe to slide through.......just a teensy bit over 1 inch. Do both bookcases. Move the bookcases apart......but with the backs still facing each other. Put the pipe through the hole in the back of each bookcase. The pipe ends will be supported by that first top shelf of each bookcase. If you have at least 6 inches of each pipe end resting on the shelf you will now have a "closet" about 5 ft wide....with the "rod" nearly at eye level. You now have a "closet" with shelves facing out on each side. You could use small, shelf size, baskets (plastic or natural fiber) to hold socks, underwear, makeup, etc. or store your shoes and purses on the shelves. I would brace this "closet" by nailing (or screwing) 3 small strips of wood across the top, middle and bottom of what you'd call the back side of the closet.....which will sit against the wall. I think 1 inch lathe would be sufficent and is cheap! (it's possible you'd need to do the same at the front.......nailing a narrow strip at the very top and very bottom only.) Put a "top" on this closet with a large piece of cardboard....or ideally.....cut a piece of cheap wood paneling to the correct it on top and nail or screw down each corner! Put a tension curtain rod or shower curtain rod across the front of your closet. Use a pretty shower curtain for your "door" or make one from a sheet or other fabric. The bookcases could also be turned.... so that the shelves on one side......or both sides... of the closet could be INSIDE the closet. You'd want to do this if one side of the "closet" was in the corner.....against a wall! When you eventually move you can dismantle your "closet" and still have two good bookcases for your new place! If you nail....use small nails. If you use screws be sure to use the screws recomended for pressed wood or chip board. The threads are spaced farther apart and hold better without tearing the fibers apart. I personally would also predrill the holes with a small drill bit. I have found the "assemble it yourself" bookcases and such to be very durable but you do need to be more "gentle" with it than with a piece of pine lumber! Sorry this was so long and tedious! I hope it didn't hurt your head! This may be more work or expense than you want to incur or you may take my basic idea and expand it! (Three bookcases would give you twice the hanging space!!!) Good Luck with the solution you choose to use!

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I saw this in a design magazine. Make a 4-panel folding screen out of 4 old solid core doors and and 8 door hinges. Paint it however you like. Fold the screen into a "W" shape, with each panel at 90 degrees to the last. You now have two corner areas for storage behind the screen. Get the free-standing metal clothing rods from Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, or similar store. The racks go behind the screen parallel with the screen panels. You can hang clothes on the rods, and store shoes and clear plastic drawers of clothing behind the screen. On the front of the screen you can hang artwork, photos, or if you've done a good enough painting job, the screen will speak for itself as art. I loved this idea so much that I was sorry to actually have closets in my house! Good luck!

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You can also buy cothes racks at stores like WalMart and Target. They are metal and come with a cloth cover that zips shut. This way you clothes are covered and remain dust free. The last time I looked at them they ran about $30.00. You can also buy ready to assemble wardrobes, that have shelves, room for hanging clothes, and maybe a drawer on the bottom. These run about $100.00. Over the years I have used the clothe covered ones a couple times, even when I lived in an apartment that had a walk in closet in the master bedroom. The closet was my store room and the cloth covered clothes rack was in the bedroom itself for my clothes.

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