Closet Improvement

As I mentioned earlier, the closet that Matt and I now share is probably smaller than the one I used to have all to myself. Well, it was definitely smaller until my awesome brother-in-law  Tyler moved the existing bar up and put in a second rod. This second rod doubles our hanging space and obviously makes a HUGE difference!

The only problem? Dresses. I don’t have a lot of them, but I am very sure that Matt would be really disappointed if I got rid of them  😉 haha

My dresses are too long to hang on either of the closet rods as they are, so even if there was room on the rods, that’s not an option. I thought about just hanging dresses in the downstairs bedroom closet, but I realized that would be  inconvenient and I brainstormed about what I could do.  I pondered the idea of hanging them on individual nails or hooks on the left wall of the closet, but that space is narrow enough without a lot of dresses hanging and making it feel smaller. I thought about adding a higher bar in one of the corners, like I had seen on Pinterest:


When I started looking into that, I realized that the closet doesn’t have a corner that would hold a rod like that. The back corners have shelving (left) and the closet rods (right) and the door is too close to both “corners” in the front (since the doorway is within inches of the width of the closet).

I knew that the dress bar idea wouldn’t work because of the width of the bar, but I liked the idea of all of the dresses together on a smaller bar or hook. As I looked in the closet, trying to figure out what to do, I found the perfect spot. If you look through the doorway into the closet, you’ll see the wood frame that holds the rods in place (if it has a real name, I don’t know what it is).

See the wood frame that holds the bar in place?

There is a little piece of real estate between that frame and the doorway wide enough for a standard hanger to fit.

A space wide enough for hangers!


A space wide enough for hangers! (another view)


Once I had the spot picked out, I just had to figure out how to get the dresses up there. Then it hit me –


Wonder hanger.


Have you seen these on TV? I was always intrigued by them but I never purchased one – until now. I bought two on Amazon (Yay for Matt’s Amazon Prime membership), and waited (im)patiently for them to arrive.

Before I bothered with getting the Wonder Hanger up on the wall, I made sure that it was going to hold my dresses the way that I envisioned. I first put it up on the closet rod (the way it was intended to be used) and slipped the dresses in to make sure. I even got 2 hangers in a few of the slots like I was hoping!

After a few failed attempts at putting the anchor into the wall (I’ll have to write a separate post on how to put anchors in the wall – I should be a pro at that by now) I got a screw fastened into the wall with enough of a gap to allow a Wonder Hanger to sit snugly and securely.

Now, my dresses hang in an otherwise wasted space!




So there you have it! I’ve got a few more ways we’ve updated the closet, but that’s all for today…