Do you have belts strung randomly around your walk-in closet? Or worse yet, scattered all over your closet floor, some under shoes others behind the box of old clothes that you were going to take down to the Salvation Army a year ago?
Here’s a couple of do-it-yourself ideas that will make organizing your belts easy.
The Hanger: For this solution you will need one or two wooden pants hangers
, an electric drill with various sized bits and a small box of Screw Hooks.
Pre-drill 5-6 evenly spaced holes (if you do not predrill the holes you will probably split the wood) using a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw hooks. Screw in the hooks. YOU’RE DONE!!!
For the Holder you will need a hammer, a small box of Screw Hooks (I just use 1 ½ inch wood screws) and two 3 inch wood screws for mounting to the wall. You will also need an electric drill with various sized bits and a piece of 1” by 2” (referred to as “One-by”) wood without knot-holes. Select a length that will fit along the side of your closet.
Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the screw hooks, predrill holes at about 1 ½ inches apart in your length of wood. Do not screw the hooks in yet. That will be our final step.
Now here’s the most important part. You must locate at least 2 framing studs in the wall. To do this you can use a stud finder.
If you don’t have a stud finder, try this: Take the hammer and tap lightly on the sheetrock. Tap slowly in one direction until you hear a more solid sound. This should be where the stud is. When you think that you’ve found a stud, take a long, thin nail and gently tap it into the sheetrock. If the nail passes cleanly through the sheetrock, you’ve missed. Move the nail over ½” and try again. Repeat until you have located the stud. (Remember that these trial holes will be covered by the belt holder) To find the second stud just measure 16 inches over and Voila! It should be right there!
The next step is to align the mounting properly: While holding the wood against the wall and using a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the three inch screws, drill two holes at the precise spots that will allow you to anchor the whole kit n caboodle into the wall using the 3 inch wood screws. You will want to drill through the “one-by”, through the sheetrock and part way into the wall studs.
Screw in the 3 inch mounting screws tightly and finally screw in the dozen or so screw hooks.
Paint if you like.
That’s it for now!