|~A clean and organized attic~|
My mundane (or Muggle) wardrobe has always taken priority space in my closets while costumes have been relegated to the attic, folded neatly, and stored by era in large plastic bins. It's worked for years, except when I go to pull a costume for an event, I do it knowing I'll be standing in front of an ironing board for a while.
But, one of the best attributes of my 106-year old home is that it has a very large walk-up attic with a 10-pitch roof and 2" x 6" oak rafters; in simpler terms, Angie's very large costume closet. I've wanted to install clothing racks for years, but it wasn't until recently that I've had the opportunity to clean out the attic (the benefit of chicks leaving the nest and taking their things...). Over the week, I tore my attic apart, cleaned and organized it, and installed my racks! Whoot!
I didn't do anything fancy. I used 1-1/4" x 6' wood dowels for the racks (they are very strong and can take a lot of weight without bowing or splitting), and 1-3/8" half-moon straps to anchor the dowels to the rafters. For added support, I drove a large nail on one side of each rafter and wrapped picture frame wire around it and the dowel - a failsafe never hurts! Installing the whole thing took less than 30 minutes and cost $25!
|~Dowels and straps~|
|~How the straps fit on the rafters~|
|~Racks successfully installed~|
I am very happy with the results! Costumes can take up a lot of space, and if you have very little to spare, ingenuity must come into play (Of course, plastic bins definitely kept my costumes safe and in good order, and for some, it's the only real option for costume storage - whatever works!). FYI: Attics aren't the only structures with closet potential; basement floor joists are a marvelous option for installing a hanging costume rack or two. Are you getting ideas? Yay!
Blessings and happy sewing!