Things You'll Need
- Heavy-duty mop pole
- Small hand saw
- Medium sand paper
- Awl (optional)
- Heavy-duty round ceiling-type screw hook, 3 5/8 inch
- 2 pairs heavy pliers
Clothing retails make use of space by creating higher hanging spaces. Creating high overhead clothing rods is also a way to organize and maximize space in at-home closets; however, you'll need a high-reaching clothing hook to hang and retrieve items that are stored overhead. Creating a home-made clothing hook is quick, easy and inexpensive with a few simple tools and materials.
Place the mop pole on a flat surface with the threaded end hanging off the edge of the surface. Be sure to acquire a heavy-duty, commercial quality pole. A regular mop or painter’s pole will not be sturdy enough to move heavy clothing.
Hold the pole down firmly and use the hand saw to cut the threaded end off the pole. Sand the rough end of the pole with sand paper until smooth. Make sure the edges are smooth as well to avoid catching on delicate fabrics.
Measure across the cut end of the pole and mark the center with the pencil. Push the end of the awl, if desired, into the pole at the guide mark to make a starter hole for the screw hook.
Grasp the threaded end of the screw hook with a pair of pliers. With the second pair of pliers, grasp the curved end of the screw hook and bend it back slightly toward the threaded end.
Grasp the tip of the curved end of the screw hook and bend it out slightly, opening it up while continuing to grasp the threaded end with the pliers.
Push the threaded end of the screw hook firmly into the hole created by the awl, if used, or push in at the guide mark at the center of the pole.
Screw it in to the pole until the base of the curved end rests on the end of the pole. You may need to use a pair of pliers to accomplish this. The clothing pole is then ready for use.
Robin Devereaux has been writing professionally for more than 25 years. She has written for "The Sowell Review, "Health and Healing Magazine" and has been a contributor to several local Eastern Michigan publications. Robin is a graduate of the Central Michigan University Arts Program.