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Down with Closet Doors, Up with Curtains.

January 8, 2011

This is a spin-off of my last post, where I mentioned using sheets as curtains. 

Several months ago, as we were installing our wood flooring, we removed every interior door from the house including the cheap sliding closet doors that were original to the house. I was glad to see them go, and I had a secret plan to not let them get put back on once the floor was finished.  

Said closet doors, in their heyday


I’ll tell you how it’s done: gather all necessary hardware for hanging the doors (aka the track and roller) and then THROW IT AWAY.  “You mean we were gonna put these back up?  Oooops!  I had no idea! Guess it’s too late now though–garbage truck already came.  Should we go buy some new hardware for them?”   Trust me, you’ll lose him at “Should we go buy…”  Har har har :)

Anyway, in the master bedroom–the room with a closet that we spend the most time in–we were left with a completely vacant closet space (we actually use the third bedroom as a sort of walk-in closet and don’t store any clothes in our room, so a doorless closet in there isn’t as bad as it may sound.)  I had thought about turning the space into a mini-library with bookshelves and possibly the world’s tiniest chair, or maybe a little desk/office area.  And I still haven’t decided.  But in the mean time, I wanted a way to close it off since stuff was getting pushed in there anyway. 

Here’s what it looked like:


You see that humidifier?  Yes, of course you do!  Trying to find a place out of site for that thing was driving me nuts.  However, it’s necessary that we use it every night in our dry climate, or else bad things happen.  So once again, bed sheets masquerading as curtains are going to save the day.  But it’s going to be really cheap this time because I’m going to hang them inside the closet so a nice looking curtain rod won’t be necessary. 

If you ever want to do this, here’s what you’ll need:

 –Power drill with a very small drill bit


–3/4″ aluminum rod (cost: around $4.)  Be sure that you will have at least the width of the opening + 12 inches (so that the outside ends of the curtains will be well hidden by the trim–but this shouldn’t be a problem since they are usually sold in 10ft pieces).

–2 flat twin-size (or full-size, if you’d prefer lots of pleating/fullness.  Cost: $4-$8) bedsheets in your chosen color.  Or, if you have/want to get actual curtain panels and they’re 84″, just modify these instructions by lowering the rod height.

–2 packages of ring clips (they don’t need to look nice at all. Cost: varies, but around $5/package)

–pair of spring clip brackets (I just made that up, I have no idea what they’re actually called.  But I found them at Wal-mart in the hardware dept. See pic below. Cost: $2ish)

The package doesn't include screws so you will need to have a few lying around. Drywall screws will work great.


This is how it will attach to the rod and to the wall (that end up, as shown)


Step 1) Measure the opening of your closet.  Add 12 inches.  Then cut the pipe using a pipe cutter or saw. (Or try to find a hardware store that will cut it to size for you…)

Step 2) Take a bracket and hold it on the wall in line with the vertical trim of the doorway, and so that  it is as close to the ceiling as possible while still allowing room for your drill.  Mark the holes of the bracket with a pencil.  Measure their location and repeat the marking process on the other side.

Step 3) Pre-drill.

Step 4) Change out the bit on your drill to a phillips and drill the screws into place (I usually drill so that they are almost in, then use a screwdriver to finish.)

Step 5) Put one end of the rod into its bracket.  Move to the other side but before putting that end into its bracket, put all your ring clips onto the rod except for 2 of them.   (Obviously, it’s easier if someone holds the rod while you move from one side to the other.)  The remaining two ring clips go on the ends of the rod–this will keep the end of the curtain anchored, hidden behind the trim even as you move it back and forth, if you know what I mean.

Step 6) Attach the clips to the curtain (sheet) at even intervals.

And you’re done!  It’ll look something like this on the inside:

…And like this on the outside:

Best of all, for me, the humidfier gets lost somewhere in all of it…

Out of site, out of mind


And here it is, closed…

I realize that this is probably an acquired taste.  I actually have nothing against solid closet doors, but the ones I really want are of course, the most expensive!  So this will do for now…maybe forever.  I love the way it adds softness to the room…and it mirrors the wall of curtains on the opposite side, too.  PLUS, opening them doesn’t take up space the way a bifold would, nor does it block half of the closet the way sliders would. 

What do you think about this modification?  Love it, hate it, or indifferent?  

Those elusive master bathroom photos are on the way…  I used a bed sheet in there, too.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kristi permalink
    March 9, 2012 11:08 am

    Thanks so much for posting this- I’ve been trying to figure out how to tackle my closet and this saved the day!

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