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Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod

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Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod


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Available only at The Container Store, our Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod is the ideal place to assemble clothing, accessories and jewelry for a complete outfit. It's also helpful for selecting garments while packing for a trip or as a holding area for garments coming back from the dry cleaner. It snaps onto the bottom of a 16" ventilated shelf. Simply slide it out when you need it. Retracts when not in use.

  • Made from galvanized steel pole with translucent plastic fittings
  • Expands 6"



  • 11-1/4" x 1-5/8" x 2-1/2" h

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Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 77.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful item!! I recently installed a pocket door on my closet and lost the ability to use an over the door type of plastic hook to hang clothes on. This presented me with a problem as I made good use of that hanger. I was delighted to find this expandable Valet Rod. It was inexpensive and easy to install on my Elfa shelving. The fact that it expands is wonderful. Finding this item made my day.
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Keeps breaking I’m currently on my third insulation of this product. While easy to install, putting more than a few garments on it causes it to crack and break. Removing the broken piece in the back is extremely difficult. Unfortunately since I have elfa, this is my only option for a valet.
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT TOOL! I had an ELFA closet installed and it looks wonderful! These valet rods are perfect for hanging clothes for work the next day or hanging to dry from the washer! They are so convenient to have in the closet that I had to purchase 3 more to add my closet. Great buy and an awesome use!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valet Rod is perfect for 2-sided jewelry organizer The valet rod makes it possible for me to help select jewelry from my double-sided hanging organizer. Before using the valet rod, I wouldn't be able to turn the organizer around to see all the pockets. I do not have a spacious closet and no room to view the jewelry without jewelry falling out of the pockets. I would have to remove the whole organizer in order to see what jewelry was where! Indispensable accessory for viewing all the jewelry pockets at the same time, and swiveling the hanger to access the other side of the organizer.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-have with Elfa closet system These valet rods are genius!! So functional and great for all sorts of things -- pick your outfit and hang it on the valet rod to display before dressing; hang your nightgown when getting dressed; hang a purse or hat; hang a change of clothes. Hang your laundry before putting it away. These are so handy and functional!!!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Careful moving! I had my Elfa closet system installed in the fall. With the upcoming season changes, so came the change in design of my closet. I had to move the our expandable valet rod & it broke when I move it. Unfortunately, I had to buy a new one. At least there's a Container Store nearby.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tiny item great capacity Got this for my husband who loves to choose his outfit the night before. Installing it was a bit tricky for us at first since it didn't come with any instructions. Took him a few tries to finally get it correct. But since then, he loves it. Been using it and saying how easy this made his life. We also tried with 2 outfits- one for him and one for me, works well too. Would recommend this product. And when not in use, simply slide it back.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expandable valet rod I ordered the wrong size, but I can use these in my laundry room, which has been elfa'd. Will order different size. However, these are difficult to install. I gave up the first time. Will try again when I muster the energy.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gifts come in small packages We helped convert a bedroom to a nursery in our daughter's house. She presented us with our first grandchild just before Christmas. We had converted her nursery closet to elfa as a group decision. Just after Christmas I saw the elfa valet on the web site. Thought we would get it and surprise her with this little closet addition. It took all of five seconds to attach it. The elfa valet rod couldn't have been a better choice! She loves it! Thanks elfa and The Container Store!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from valet rod I added this to my closet about three weeks after the Elfa components had been installed, and I am crazy about it! I discovered a picture of it while browsing TCS site; not sure why the designer didn't suggest it. Such a simple item, yet it really helps! I use it to hang items when deciding what to wear to see if I like the way things look together - usually putting the jacket on the rod and holding pants below it. When I have decided what to wear, I put the outfit on the valet rod, so it is easy for me to grab in the morning when dressing for work. I leave the hangers on the rod, so they are accessible when I want to rehang anything. It took literally a minute to install, and it saves me so much time!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very useful until it breaks We installed two of these and have found them to be very useful. Unfortunately, the plastic 'clips' that attach the rod to the shelf eventually becomes brittle and snaps. We are now in the process of replacing the second item. When it works, it's great!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Broke in 2.5 seconds. Not recommended. This seemed like a great solution but it broke before I could even use it. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smaller One Does NOT Pull Out Far Enough The smaller one is way too small and doesnt pull out far enough but to hang one thin shirt. After installing it we just kept it installed and bought the larger one for another area which works fantastic. Do yourself a favor, buy the longer Valet Rod!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well...until it breaks We've used Elfa shelving for the past 8 years and the valet rod has always been a part of our closet designs. It's there when you need it, disappears when you don't, and does a great job holding a a few pieces of clothing. That being said, the plastic fittings are made of polycarbonate and have a tendency to become brittle and break after a year (or so) of normal use. Break #6 happened this morning. The Container Store has replaced mine for free each time, but I'd like for the design to be changed so this doesn't keep happening.
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition I needed a little more hanging space and these l rods are great. I bought 2 because I noticed that they don't extend our that far. They tuck back into the shelf when we don't need them.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from love it but plastic is brittle love this item - just want to give others (and the Container Store) a heads-up that the clear plastic parts become very brittle over time. I have attempted to move one, only to have it snap off and become unusable. I later tried to move a second one (thinking I had just not been careful enough the first time). The second one snapped in a different place (but same type of plastic). I have used Elfa products for years without any problem, so I am surprised at this construction. Container store was kind enough to send replacements.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 12" Valet Rod Ineffective I have Elfa products that are 35 years old and still work as well as their first day of use. The Valet Rod concept is wonderful, but when used with 12" ventilated shelving, the 12" valet rod does not extend out over the edge of the regular hanging clothes. The items on the Valet Rod "drape" over the hanging clothes, causing wrinkles in both sets of clothing. I hope Elfa takes note and re-engineers this wonderful idea. Until then, skip the 12" Valet Rod.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great idea but came up short I love the valet rod idea but my shelves have clothes under them so when I have something on the rod it doesn't fit right. This would have been perfect if it extended out a little further. So sad I had to return it. Back to the drawing board.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expandable Valet Rod My husband and I each got an expandable valet rod to help organize our clothes for work. We like to put our clothes together the night before, and this rod helps to arrange it all. I also find that the rod is great for setting aside different items that I want to pack for vacation, so I don't wear it during the work week.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never knew I always wanted these! I have two of these in my laundry room - one near the dryer to hang things immediately out of the dryer. Another over the utility sink to hang things that might need to drip dry. And of course a few in the master closet for setting out the next day's outfits. In my dual purpose guest bedroom/craft room I changed out the hanging rods for shelving in the closet. So I installed a few of these so guests can hang those few things that must hang. They always say they need some of these for their house.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great purchase One of the best things I've ever bought. We use them daily. Great to lay out your cloths for the next day Put your cleaning on it ,if you can't put it away right then. It takes up no space.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Part of My New Closet I LOVE this feature in my new closet. I plan my outfit for the next day and this helps me to get ready for work more easily each morning. I use this feature when putting laundry away. I can hang my clean clothes on the valet rod and hang my clothes in the organized fashion in which I have designed my closet. I LOVE this feature.
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neat but brittle Was really excited about having a couple valet rods for use in our laundry room. They work pretty well, but after only a few weeks of use, I decided to move one to a better location. When I did, one of the plastic supports just crumbled. Hopefully, I can exchange it for a new one since the whole point of elfa is not only storage but flexible storage. I was a little surprised at how easily it broke considering the sturdiness of everything else elfa makes.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to Elfa system I wasn't even aware of this product until the Elfa consultant recommended it., so we got one for our new Efla closets. I am so glad we did! It is a small extra, but makes a huge difference in the utility of the closet. I get ready in the closet in the mornings, and the valet rod lets me set my clothes out the night before so I can get dressed faster.
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Asset The valet rods are a great little extra. You can hang up many different things on this. Things that you will wear next, need to put away when you don't have time, belts, handbags, etc. A must have for both men and women!!
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great helper It's like having an extra hand! Great for organizing the day's wear or getting ready for a trip. So glad I made the decision to order!
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Was easy to install & works great. Holds everything I need to hang up on front of my shelves.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best detail to add to the closet It is perfect addition to the closet. I use it everyday. You can have another to be super organized.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Icing on the cake of my awesome new closet Have had my new Elfa closet for almost a week and I love, love, love it. And I especially love the three valet rods that I had installed. They're sturdy and allow me to hang clothes temporarily that need to be put away (or put on different hangers), or pull out and consider different combinations of tops and bottoms. I love that they retract when they're not in use. And they didn't cost much, which makes it even better.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have! love, love, love these valets. After being very satisfied with elfa closet systems we put in the mudroom and bedroom in a previous home, I am now outfitting our new home with elfa again and adding even more of these... in the mudroom for dog leashes, hats, wet raincoats, in the laundry area for clotheshangers with garments not dry enough to be put away, in our accessible shower area for bathrobes, and in the bedroom closet for scarves, pulling together outfits and airing out clothes. Inconspicuous when not in use but powerful when needed, this slender but not flimsy valet never buckled under the weight of anything I've hung on it. Love, love, love...
Date published: 2014-02-12
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Community Q&A

Are replacement components available?

The rear plastic bracket of my installed rod failed. Is a replacement or alternative hanger available or do I have to replace the entire unit.
Asked by: ChuckI
Unforunaely, no, replacement parts for our Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod are not available.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2020-04-24

Can you get a replacement part for the plastic clip at the rear of the expandable valet rod? I

I have the Elfa 16" expandable valet rod, but the rear plastic piece needs to be replaced/no longer attaches to shelf in the rear.
Asked by: oakie
The answer is NO. I have had mine replaced and now the replacement broke. Poor construction
Answered by: sbonn
Date published: 2020-09-29

Are there any plans to design a valet rod which works with Elfa Decor solid shelving?

Asked by: CatAD
There are currently no plans to add a Valet Rod to coordinate with our Decor Solid Shelves.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2020-04-04

What is the weight limit for these valet rods?

Asked by: jasculley
Our Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod is best-suited for temporary garment and accessory groupings, travel wardrobe selections or for staging of dry cleaning on its way to its final destination - each has a capacity of 5 to 7-1/2 pounds of static, evenly distributed weight.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2019-09-21

Hi! I have decor shelves and would love to use this valet rod! Is it compatible? Or is it really only compatible with the non decor? Thanks!

Asked by: Organizeportland
Good news! Our Elfa 16" Expandable Valet Rod is suitable with classic Elfa or with Elfa decor.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2020-01-06

Is there any way to install this in a non-Elfa closet?

I'm looking for this exact type of rod for my (regular/non-Elfa) closet. Is there a workaround that would allow me to install it?
Asked by: ChayaNYC
Our elfa Expandable Valet Rods are designed specifically for use with our elfa Ventilated Wire Shelving. Compatibility with other shelving systems is purely coincidental.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2018-07-14

Compatible with rod and rod holders?

Is the 16" valet rod compatible with a rod and rod holders underneath a 16" ventilated shelf, or would the valet rod bump the rod?
Asked by: timtheviking2
The valet rod is compatible with the rod and rod holders. In other words you can install a valet rod on a shelf that has a rod underneath it.
Answered by: maarechar
Date published: 2020-11-07

Can this be used for *permanent* hanging/display of multiple garments?

I was considering using the valet rod in lieu of a standard hanging rod to permanently (i.e., not temporarily) hang several long-hanging garments, e.g. suits or coats. The idea is that these garments would essentially always be "on display". Will the valet rod be able to handle all that weight on a permanent basis?
Asked by: Topher
I'm not sure - the parts that hold the rod in place are simply plastic. I don't think they are meant for anything permanent.
Answered by: iltxok2
Date published: 2020-08-24
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