One of the most widely used accessories in the storage sphere is the closet rod. Though many people don’t take a second look at it when storing or hanging their clothes, these rods are without doubt an important cog in most closets, wardrobes, valet stands and other specialty organizers. When looking for closet rods, there are several factors one has to take into consideration so as to get a piece that’s durable, stylish and of high quality.
The material used to make the rod is obviously one of the most important factors one has to take into consideration. Some of the most common materials used to manufacture these rods include but are not limited to aluminum, stainless steel, wood and PVC. For reasons related to structural strength and durability, rods made from PVC and wood are not as popular as those made from the above mentioned metals.
The shape of the rod is a key factor that most people tend to ignore. Contrary to popular belief, round rods are not the only shapes available. There are also oval, as well as the Arcadia or Arched square closet rod. If you are replacing a rod, it is always recommended that you install one that’s of the similar shape so that you don’t have to buy new stops and flanges.
These rods generally come in different profiles. Even though the profiles tend to differ depending on the manufacturer, the most common gauges are 12 gauge, 14 gauge, 16 gauge and 17 gauge pieces. These units are also categorized depending on their diameter and the wall size. The most common diameter size is 1 5/16 inches. It is important to get these details right when making a purchase and if you are not so sure about what the numbers entail then you should seek the advice of a professional to help you make the right purchase.
For most rods, the length can always be customized since a homeowner with the right equipments can easily make the needed length adjustments. This though is usually not the case if you opt for adjustable closet rods. Because they usually have some spring technology installed inside them, it is very difficult to adjust their length and one must therefore get the minimum and maximum lengths which the adjustable rod can withstand and operate optimally. It is worth noting though that most rods are made to fit the standard 32 millimeter panels. If you have a longer panel, that’s more than 36 inches, then you should always ensure that the rod is supported every 36 inches so as to enable it safely support heavy loads.
The finishes are also another factor worth taking into consideration. It is always advisable to get a rod that fits or complements the closet where it is to be fitted. Some of the most common finishes in the market include Oil Rubbed Bronze, Brushed Chrome, Satin Nickel, Matte Black, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Aluminum etc. It is worth mentioning that provided you know where to look, it is possible to get a rod that will complement any style or décor you may be thinking of.
Finally, it is also important to take into consideration other factors such as ease of installation and the need to purchase other requisite accessories such as flanges, center support units and end caps. Whenever possible, always make a point of purchasing a complete set of accessories even if you are not going to use them in this particular installation.