We wanted to replace the perforated metal strip with a regular clothes rod. But most of you know that it is difficult to attach anything to the paper-thin hollow walls. So I wanted to the method I came up with.
I made a trip to Home Depot and got the following items:
1) one ordinary 6-ft wooden clothes rod (long enough for both closets)
2) two sets of "metal closet pole sockets"
3) one roll of "Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape"
4) four free samples of cabinet material (even though they offered "walnut", I chose "antique birch" because it seemed to match the existing cabinetry color better).
I then used the tape to attach the free sample wooden squares to each closet wall. Next, I screwed the metal sockets to the wooden squares (the screws were long enough to go through the wooden square into the closet wall). Lastly, I cut the clothes rod to the to the proper length for each closet, and slid them into place.