Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Home: Elfa Hanging Bar with Hooks

When I worked as an aerospace engineer during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the company I worked for emphasized the concept of Kaizen, or continuous improvement.  I didn’t think much about it at the time, but Kaizen is a big part of my life.  Whether it’s reading about healthy habits, trying new recipes or learning better ways to make our home a nicer place to live, I’m constantly trying to improve myself and my environment.

I’ve gotten to the point where what is seen in our home is tidy, but now I’m working on beautifying the insides of the closets and drawers.  Our coat/kitchen accessories closet is fairly neat, but one of the things that drove me crazy was that Kevin’s baseball caps didn’t have a “home.”

At our old home, we installed a hat rack on the coat closet door.  Because these doors are only 14” wide, a standard hat rack won’t fit.  After seeing a center-of-the-door-mounted Container Store Elfa system, I thought I’d give it a try.  Quick and easy to install, the Elfa system is the perfect solution to our hat problem!


After centering the rail, I drilled a hole for the top fastener.
Next, I installed the screw.

To make sure the rail was straight, I used a level before
drilling a hole for the bottom fastener.  I then installed
the second fastener

After the rail was in place, I drilled the remaining holes
and installed the final fasteners

Next, I placed the hooks in the rail

A close up of the hook


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