Closet overflowing with clothes? This one simple trick will double your hanging space, no tools or permanent changes required!
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Recently I had someone ask me if I had any tips for maximizing hanging clothes storage and I did what I always do when I have a question: hit the internet to research!
I figured there had to be something out there that I hadn’t considered and lo and behold, I stumbled upon what looked like the easiest way to double the amount of space for hanging items.
A hanging second bar.
Now, I always thought that in order to get double bars in my closet, I had to remove the existing rod and shelf in order to mount one up high and one low. This felt way beyond my skill as a DIYer and was something I wrote off.
But after researching, I realized there are actually products out there that let you add a 2nd bar quickly and easily. Without demo, without tools, without fuss.
After looking at a few options I decided to go with THIS bar since it seemed the sturdiest and least complicated.
Installation was quick and easy. It’s literally 3 bars that hang together from hooks similar to what you see on clothes hangers.
Once in the closet, you can fill both levels with clothes.
I found that since the distance between the bars was fixed, that shirts, tops, and sweaters fit best on the top. Pants and shorter tees fit best in the smaller space below the lower bar.
This setup would also be amazing in kids closets, since you could hang clothing at their level, encouraging independence.
The only downside I can see with this setup is that the floor of the closet becomes unusable for shoes, bags, or anything else, so best to store those items in a separate part of the closet.
I have to tell you, I’m pleased as punch with my new closet bar. The extra space has made me reconsider hanging more clothes vs. folding and placing them in a drawer. I love how easy it is to see everything and how the extra space prevents items from getting wrinkled or lost.
Here’s a video showing just how easy it is to install.
So tell me, did you know these products existed? Or were you in the dark like me?