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How to Cover Closet Rods with Plastic Pipe

By: Joe Truini

While /4″ metal pipe or thick wall conduit, make a strong closet rod that won’t sag, it’s not very attractive to look at. To improve the looks, cut a piece of 1″ diameter thin wall PVC pipe (SDR) to the length needed. After sanding the plastic pipe smooth, slide it over the metal pipe, and install in the closet. Not only does it look better, but clothes hangers will slide much easier over the slick plastic surface.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 7th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Hi, Paige! Joe used 1-inch diameter PVC pipe for this installation. However, the size that you need may vary depending upon the metal pipe in your home. Thanks for watching!

  • paige Says:
    May 31st, 2018 at 12:25 am

    what size pipe should I ask for at the hardware store?

  • Official Comment:

    Joe T. Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Ted, Glad you liked this Simple Solution. I love finding ways to improve existing spaces. And you’re right, plain conduit is not only ugly, it will eventually deposit metal dust onto everything in the closet. And if you paint the conduit–as I’ve seen done many times–the paint wears out in a matter of just a few weeks. Thanks for writing and good luck!–Joe T.

  • Ted Schulz Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for this idea. I am looking at ideas to use in a closet. This is a smart idea that will also eliminate any of the clothes touching the conduit as I have found that the hangers rubbing on the conduit over time create a grayish/black dust on the clothes and your hands. Thanks again for the video and your time.

  • Official Comment:

    Joe T. Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hi Roy, Glad you liked the closet rod tip. It really is a very simple–and affordable–way to upgrade from a typical wooden hanging rod. And I forgot to mention that the plastic-over-steel rod is also much more durable and will last many years longer than a wooden one. Thanks for writing and good luck!–Joe T.

  • Roy Aguirre Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    This is a great idea, I am a carpenter and I always have to install an extra support in the middle of the rod. Now I know how to eliminate it.

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How to Cover Closet Rods with Plastic Pipe