How to Trim a Coat Closet

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva trims a coat closet by installing a clothes rod and shelf. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

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Shopping List for How to Trim a Coat Closet:
– 1×5 clear pine
– 1×12 clear pine
– Metal clothes rod
– Clothes-rod bracket
– Construction adhesive

Tools for How to Trim a Coat Closet:
– Driver
– Miter saw
– Nail gun or hammer
– Reciprocating saw
– Caulk gun

Steps for How to Trim a Coat Closet:
1. Use a stud finder to locate studs in the closet walls.
2. Cut three pieces of 1×5 pine to measured length using the miter saw.
3. Nail pine pieces together using a nail gun or hammer to assemble the shelf cleat.
4. Screw the two clothes-rod brackets to opposite ends of the cleat assembly using a driver.
5. Measure 5’4” off the floor and draw a straight line across all three sides using a level.
6. Dab construction adhesive with the caulk gun to the inside of the wall where the cleat will sit.
7. Line up the cleat to match the top of the level line.
8. Nail the cleat to the studs using a nail gun or hammer.
9. Cut the clothes rod to measured length using a reciprocating saw.
10. Measure across the top of the cleat to figure out the desired length for shelf.
11. Mark the measurement on 1×12 pine and cut it to length using the miter saw.
12. Place the pine shelf on top of the cleat and nail it to the cleat using a nail gun or hammer.

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