We decided to do this when the existing wire shelf and hanger bar system came crashing off of the wall right before we were going to bed. Having to work the next two days, we had no time to fix the problem, so we just piled up the clothes and started to plan how we would fix this so it would never happen again.
This entire project cost us around $30, and took about 30 minutes to install.
Step 1: Take your measurements, and buy the materials
We measured the closet at 131" tight, so the next step was to head out to a Home Improvement store and see what types of pipe they had available.
We decided to use 1/2" galvanized pipe. It was heavy and strong, and it was a lot lighter than the next size up.
Here is what we had to buy:
1 ten foot length of pipe
1 five foot length of pipe
3 1/2" flanges
1 3/4" to 1/2" reducing tee
1 box of 1/8" X 2" toggle bolts
1 box of 3/16" X 2" toggle bolts
1 box of 4 knotting anchors, #14 X 3"
Assorted nipples from 3" to 12", so we could fine tune without making extra trips
(except to return what we didn't use!)
We ended up using a 10" nipple for the long bar, and a 3" nipple for the upright bar.
We already had the concrete bits, drills, etc. to make the holes in the walls and the floor.