Completing closet walls is the same as building a new wall.

Fasten drywall sheets to studs horizontally, then tape and fill joints.

Before beginning this step of the project, see How to Frame Closet Walls. If you are installing gypsum wallboard, tape the seams between the new and old wallboard, and protect any outside corners with metal corner bead. (For more about this, see How to Build & Panel a Wall.)

Next, hang the closet doors. Bi-fold doors move in metal tracks mounted to the bottom of the head jamb. Pivots turn in top and bottom brackets, and a center guide at the top runs in the track. Sliding doors run on rollers inside metal tracks with floor guides below that keep the doors in line. Tracks are available to fit standard 1 3/8-inch interior doors. A trim strip usually hides the track. Most doors come with all the necessary hardware. For step-by-step advice, see How to Install Folding Doors.

To install a rod inside a closet, a good option is to use pole sockets. First, screw one socket in place, then insert the rod and level it before fastening the other socket. If the closet rod is very long, provide additional support by fastening a hook to the top or back of the closet near the middle of the rod. To maximize the use of your closet space, see How to Install a Closet System.


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