Out of the Closet: How To Make a Rope Wrapped Hanging Clothes Bar

Tired of pulling my shirts, all wrinkled and creased, out of my over-stuffed closet, I decided to come out of the closet completely and create a hanging clothes bar in the corner of my bedroom. Say goodbye to these colorful (but useless) drawers-turned-shelves and hello to my new rope wrapped hanging clothes bar…

This is actually a project I've had in mind for a couple of months. As I mentioned in my post Making the Most with What We Have, I've been hanging my damp dress shirts from an empty curtain rod in the bedroom window. I iron my shirts straight out of the washing machine so they're all pressed and ready to go. Unfortunately, once I stuffed them into my packed closet they'd get completely wrinkled all over again. I wanted to find a way that I could hang the shirts over the radiator in the corner of the bedroom but I couldn't figure out a way to make it happen. And then, a couple of hours before a party, inspiration struck!

Using an old curtain rod that I cut down to the size needed, I created a rope wrapped hanging clothes bar that is suspended from the ceiling with very well secured hooks. As you can see in the photos, it was an easy project once I got started. I used hot glue to help secure the rope to the curtain rod. Once the rod was completely wrapped in rope, I anchored two hooks into the ceiling at about the same width as the rod. Finally, I used rope to suspend the new clothes bar from the ceiling. I simply cut 2 pieces of rope at the same length, doubled them over, created a knot at the ends, and then slipped the clothes bar into them. It took a little jiggering to get both sides to be even but, still, it was easy enough!

Now I have a place where the shirts can hang to finish drying and then live until I want to wear them. I happen to like the way the shirts look hanging in the corner. This corner was sitting mostly unused anyway so this seems like a fantastic way to make use of the space.

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Images: Jason Loper

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