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A clothes rail installed under a floating shelf


Hanging rails can be installed anywhere. They're great - especially in guest bedrooms - as they provide so much extra hanging space. Here's how to install one in your home.


1Measure up

The first thing you'll need to do is to measure the space between the wall and the front of the shelf to find the halfway point – this is where your rail will attach. Mark up with a pencil.

Person using tape measure to measure distance on shelf

2Attach your rail brackets

Take your brackets and place them over the halfway points on each side. Use a pencil to mark where you'll need to drill your pilot holes.

Person holding nail next to drill bit

3Drill pilot holes

It's very important when drilling pilot holes not to drill too deep. To ensure you don't end up drilling all the way through your shelf, grab your drill bit and mark up the halfway point of your screw with some masking tape – this is where you'll be drilling to. Pop some safety glasses on and drill your pilot holes at the places you've marked up.

Person drilling hole into shelf

4Attach rail brackets

Screw your brackets on using your pilot holes. Push your curtain rod through the brackets and mark where you'll need to cut it down to size. Don't forget to leave space at the end of the curtain rods for the end caps.

Person attaching bracket to shelf

5Cut your rod to size

Head outside and use a hacksaw to cut your rod down to size. Don't forget to wear gloves for this bit – you don't want to get iron filings in hands.

Person using hacksaw to cut rod to size

6Affix your rail to the shelf

Once you've cut your rod to size, thread it through the brackets and attach your end caps – these are what will protect you from those sharp ends. Use a Phillips Head screwdriver to secure them to the rod.

Person feeding rod into brackets for clothes rail

7All done!

How easy was that? You've now added a hanging rail to your cubed storage, increasing your hanging space even more. Your guests will love you for it!

8Watch the full episode

Check out the full episode for more laundry and home organisation tips and tricks with Steph Pase from @justanothermummyblog.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

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