While there is no standard height for closet bars, most people find setting the bar at 66 to 69 inches provides enough space for gowns, long coats, dresses, pants and long skirts. Temporarily removing an existing bar helps to visualize a closet makeover.
In most closets, a single hanging bar wastes a lot of space. Moving the top bar to an 81 3/4-inch height leaves it in reach of most individuals and makes room for a second bar, mounted at a 40 1/2 inch location. The short hanging bar space is ideal for pants folded over a hanger, shirts and short jackets. In a child's closet, it is possible to add a lower shelf, 29 inches from the floor.