Design Directions: The perfect closet

Make sure the system you choose can be configured to fit into a standard depth closet.  The photo is misleading as there aren’t any doors shown; so be sure to take into account the type of door you have.



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Make sure the system you choose can be configured to fit into a standard depth closet.  The photo is misleading as there aren’t any doors shown; so be sure to take into account the type of door you have.

Make sure the system you choose can be configured to fit into a standard depth closet.  The photo is misleading as there aren’t any doors shown; so be sure to take into account the type of door you have.



Organize 3

Make sure the system you choose can be configured to fit into a standard depth closet.  The photo is misleading as there aren’t any doors shown; so be sure to take into account the type of door you have.

Make sure the system you choose can be configured to fit into a standard depth closet.  The photo is misleading as there aren’t any doors shown; so be sure to take into account the type of door you have.



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Make sure the system you choose can be configured to fit into a standard depth closet.  The photo is misleading as there aren’t any doors shown; so be sure to take into account the type of door you have.

… is different for everyone.  Women want closets that organize their clothes, shoes, purses, and other accessories to make getting dressed an event rather than a frustrating chore.  Men typically don’t care as much about the clothes closet as they do their garages, though there are exceptions to this traditional notion.  My husband’s garage is better organized than my closet.  But I intend to change that right after I finish this article.

When considering a closet makeover, you’ve got options related to quality and cost, and remember, you really do “get what you pay for.”  The basic choices:

1. Do it yourself.  Some of our clients are (or have spouses who are) handy around the house.  If that’s your pleasure, EasyClosets is a good option.  You design and order online.  Sometimes you can get free shipping.  There are other companies on the Internet, just look for the systems that are permanently mounted to the wall.

2. Do it yourself locally by shopping at Lowe’s or Home Depot.  Their systems are not as “tricked out” as EasyClosets and they aren’t mounted to the wall, which I believe to be a safety feature.  Freestanding units can tip over very easily and I don’t recommend them.

3. Contractor installed systems:  look online at California Closets.  Here, you’ll get a definite boost in quality, but you’ll pay more.  And you’ll have to hire a qualified contractor to install.

4. Local contractor installed systems:  Harbert Lumber is an excellent place to shop for customized organizers for closets, kitchens, pantry, or garage.

So whether you are motivated by cost, keeping your dollars local, quality, or range of accessories, explore several systems before you buy.  Remember to look for 14-inch deep shelves for folded clothes and 24-inch deep units for hanging clothes.  Anything less than these dimensions is a poor design and will not work.  As always, if we can assist, just call.

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