Closet Organization Systems
One closet organization system does not fit all. This info on manufacturers and product lines will help you on your storage quest, whatever your budget.
Transform your closets from chaotic to calm with a system of drawers, bars, and shelves. Find out where you can get a closet system that meets your needs with our closet source guide.
California Closets offers multiple product lines and finishes, including the Lago finishes inspired by Italian wood veneers. Design options and product line availability vary by location. Pricing for California Closets systems begins at $500; typical systems cost $1,500-$5,000 installed. California Closets are available at approximately 100 franchise locations worldwide. To contact, call 888/336-9707 or visit californiaclosets.com.
The Closet Factory features custom-designed closet systems in a variety of styles. Choose from engineered wood with melamine or solid-wood veneers in many colors and wood finishes to complement the look of your home. An 8-foot reach-in closet starts at $400. The Closet Factory has 82 franchise locations worldwide. To contact, call 800/634-9000 or visit closetfactory.com.
Closets by Design
Closets by Design has three product lines at varying price points: Everyday, Classic, and Regency collections. Their product lines include a large selection of colors and woodgrain finishes, accessories, and molding packages. Closets by Design has custom-built systems to fit any need, space, and taste. An installed custom closet starts at $300. Store locations are nationwide. To contact, call 888/500-9215 or visit closetsbydesign.com.
ClosetMaid systems feature ShelfTrack wire shelving, and easy-to-install vertical standards combine with snap-in-place brackets, bars, and shelves. Choose a preassembled all-in-one organizer kit or create a custom design from open stock. An 8-foot reach-in closet costs about $130, and ClosetMaid products are sold at retailers nationwide. To contact, call 800/874-0008 or visit closetmaid.com.
The Container Store
The Container Store has two customizable modular shelving and drawer systems: Elfa and Elfa Décor. Elfa has steel-wire components in two finishes, plastic drawer liners, and melamine shelves and drawers. Elfa Décor has epoxy-steel mounting elements and components in an array of wood and wood-veneer finishes. A closet costs $250-$4,000 depending on customizations. The Container Store's closets are sold online and through 57 stores nationwide; they offer free design service in stores, by phone, and online. To contact, call 888/786-7315 or visit containerstore.com.
Easy Track offers custom DIY closet kits with easy installation. Designs are available in Truffle, Cherry, and White. ORG offers personalized storage solutions for all spaces and styles professionally designed and installed by local dealers. There are 22 available colors and eight veneer options. Easy Track kit starts at $150; ORG 8-foot reach-in closet starts at $600. Easy Track closet kits are sold at retail stores and home centers or online; ORG kits are available through authorized dealers. To contact, call 800/562-4257 or visit easytrack.com or homeorg.com.
High-end DIY custom organizers ship directly to customers and are easy to afford, design online, and install. Guaranteed systems are made from 3/4-inch high-density particleboard with durable melamine coating in seven colors and seven hardware finishes. Upgrades and accessories are optional. An 8-foot reach-in closet costs $400-$2,000; typical walk-in closet costs $800-$3,000 (priced by design). Sold exclusively online; design online or use free design service. To contact, call 800/910-0129 or visit easyclosets.com.
John Louis Home
Made of 100 percent solid wood, the do-it-yourself closet organizers come with everything in one box. Multiple options for organizer depths, finishes, and configurations are available, as well as plenty of accessory add-ons. A 6- to 10-foot reach-in closet costs $250; the price of a 6- to 10-foot walk-in closet ranges from $500 to $850 based on add-ons. John Louis Home products are sold online and through specialty stores, home centers, and authorized dealers. To contact, call 800/480-6985 or visit johnlouishome.com.
The Senzafine wardrobe and walk-in closet feature modular components that are custom-designed to fit any space. Wardrobe options are available with leaf, folding, or sliding doors in a variety of finishes, including matte and glossy lacquer, wood veneer, laminate, glass, and mirror. Products are available through corporate showrooms and dealers nationwide, and wardrobe pricing is available upon request. To contact, call 888/765-4367 or visit poliformusa.com.
The adjustable Closet Helper 2-Shelf, 4-Shelf, and Max Add-On kits install without tools. They are metal with durable white finish and have fabric cubby accessories available. The Rubbermaid HomeFree series is made of rubber-coated wire with optional baskets, drawers, and cubbies. Closet Helper and Max Add-On cost $40-$90, and the HomeFree kit costs about $100. Rubbermaid closet systems are available online; Closet Helper and Max Add-On are at Target and Kmart stores, and HomeFree is at Lowe's. To contact, call 888/895-210 or visit rubbermaid.com.
FreedomRail includes adjustable storage systems with O-Boxes, shelving, and accessories. Cherry, Maple, Chocolate Pear, White, Driftwood Live, and Light Oak real wood veneers, and white or nickel ventilated shelving. Schulte Storage systems are strong, versatile, and easy to install. An 8-foot reach-in closet costs between $400 and $1,000 and is available online. To contact, call 513/277-3700 or visit freedomrail.com.
The Ultimate Wardrobe System is custom-made with engineered-wood core and solid-wood veneer. Standard and custom finishes are available. Accessories include jewelry inserts, hidden electronic safes, shoe storage solutions, pants racks, and cosmetics refrigerators. Pricing starts at $800 per linear foot. Closet systems are sold through authorized dealers and showrooms worldwide. To contact, call 510/865-1616 or visit studiobecker.com.
Planning Makes Perfect
Maximize your closet capacity with these tips for organized success from the experts at ClosetMaid and EasyClosets.com.
1. Take inventory.
To know what you need, you need to know what you have. Make a detailed, itemized list of everything stashed in a closet. Then you can determine how much space you need for short and long hanging items and whether you need drawers or shelves or both.
2. Plan for various heights of shoes.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution for shoes with tall heels or boots. Measure shoe heights when assessing your closet needs.
3. Do the math.
Plan your hanging storage around the lengths of your clothes. Use these standard vertical measurements as a guide for storing clothes:
- Women's shirts: 36-40 inches long
- Men's blazers and shirts; women's skirts: 38-42 inches long
- Women's long dresses and coats: 60-70 inches long
- Women's cocktail dresses and pants hung by cuffs: 48-50 inches long
- Pants folded over hanger: 20 inches long