One closet organization system does not fit all. Our roundup of closet manufacturers and product lines will help you get organized, whatever your budget.

By Nicole Bradley
Updated January 14, 2021
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There’s something about a well-organized closet that can start your day off on the right foot and—dare we say it—might even make you enjoy folding clothes and towels. Plus, you probably spend a lot more time in your home’s closets than you think, so why not make them look great and work smarter? 

Closet systems are structures typically consisting of shelves, drawers, rods, and storage accessories such as jewelry holders and shoe racks. A closet organizer system is an easy way to streamline your closet setup and appearance while carving out a home for every item. Whether you’re working with a tight reach-in or a sprawling walk-in, there’s a closet organizer system that will meet your needs and give you streamlined storage for clothing, linens, and more. Learn about the best closet systems available to find one that works for your space and lifestyle.

Custom Closet Systems

Customized closet organizer systems are made to order and typically require working with a design consultant to determine the best closet system size, layout, and storage accessories for your space. Here are a few custom closet system companies that can help you conceptualize your dream closet.

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California Closets

The best closet organization fixtures are ones that fit your personal style and needs. California Closets offers multiple lines of customizable closet organizers and multiple product lines in a variety of eco-friendly wood-look finishes. The price of a custom California Closets system depends on various characteristics like material, size, and additional features, such as LED lighting, drawer dividers, and hooks. Design options and product line availability vary by location, so schedule a consultation by calling 888-336-9707 or visiting the California Closets website.

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Closet Factory

Closet Factory features custom closet organizer systems in a variety of sizes (including reach-in and walk-in closets) as well as an array of finishes, including engineered wood with melamine or solid-wood veneers in many colors. Through Closet Factory, a designer works one on one with you to determine the best setup for your closet and help configure the shelves and rods for optimal storage. To schedule a consultation, call 800-634-9000 or visit their website.

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Closets by Design

Closets by Design has four product lines at varying price points: Everyday, Classic, Regency, and Brio. The Everyday collection is a good line for those installing a closet system for the first time. It’s basic enough to organize your items but can easily be upgraded with drawers and molding as needed. To set up a personalized consultation, call 888-500-9215 or visit their website.

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EasyClosets

The high-end DIY closet organizers from EasyClosets ship directly to your doorstep and are easy to design online and install in your space. Each closet organizer system is made from 3/4-inch high-density particleboard with durable melamine coating in seven colors and seven hardware finishes. There are also a few upgrades and accessories you can add, like belt hooks and drawer dividers. Units are sold exclusively on the EasyClosets website and include a free design service.

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IKEA PAX

The PAX closet system from IKEA is as DIY as it gets. Simply pick and choose components like drawers, rails, mesh baskets, doors, and hardware for your closet. Choose from mirrored, glass, and painted cabinet doors, as well as wardrobe frames to fit various closet configurations. Before you order, save yourself a headache and take complete measurements of your closet because the IKEA PAX closet system is not one size fits all.

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ORG Home

Keep your belts, jewelry, shirts, and more organized with an ORG Home closet system. These personalized storage solutions are professionally designed and installed by local dealers. There are 29 colors to choose from as well as accessories like belt racks, valet rods, tie racks, hooks, and jewelry trays. Visit their website to schedule a consultation.

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Poliform USA

For a modern closet system, consider the Senzafine wardrobe from Poliform. It features 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. Get this closet system through corporate showrooms and dealers nationwide.

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StudioBecker

The Ultimate Wardrobe System by StudioBecker is made with an 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 for each wood closet system. To find an authorized dealer or showroom, call 510-865-1616 or visit StudioBecker’s website.

Where to Buy Off-the-Shelf Closet Systems

Most closet systems you’ll find at retailers like Amazon and Wayfair come as-is with all the materials you need to set it up yourself. Although they’re not customized to your storage needs, these types of closet systems are usually less expensive, more accessible, and fairly easy to assemble.

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ClosetMaid

ClosetMaid closet systems feature a range of affordable designs, including wire shelving, wood laminate kits, and premium configurations. This easy-to-install closet tower starter kit has a simple structure that boosts the storage space of smaller closets. It includes a wood laminate adjustable shelf and three expandable rods that fit closets from 5 to 10 feet wide. You can also choose customizable add-ons (sold separately), including closet drawers and decorative doors

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The Container Store

The Elfa closet system from The Container Store includes individual shelving and metal components. Elfa has steel-wire components in two finishes, plastic drawer liners, and melamine shelves and drawers. Elfa Décor, the closet’s range of accessories, includes epoxy-steel mounting elements and components in an array of wood and wood-veneer finishes.

Buy It: Elfa Closet System Kit in Graphite, $290 (originally $413), The Container Store

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Mainstays

Everything has a place when you utilize this closet organizer from Walmart. It includes nine shelves, two adjustable rods, three storage bins for accessories and intimates, and even a vertical shoe rack. The Mainstays closet system is easy to assemble and doesn’t require wall installation.

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John Louis Home

The fluted glass cabinet doors on this DIY closet system make it an elegant yet practical option. Made of 100% solid wood, John Louis Home closet organizers come with everything you need in one box. Multiple options for organizer depths, finishes, and configurations are available, as well as plenty of accessory add-ons.

Buy It: John Louis Woodcrest Closet System, $590 (originally $824), Wayfair

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Dotted Line

Make good use of underutilized space in a walk-in closet with this corner tower closet system kit from Dotted Line. It has six V-shaped shelves that add more space for folded clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and linens. The closet system comes in several wood finishes and includes everything you need to successfully mount it on your wall.

Buy It: Dotted Line Closet System Corner Tower Kit, $270 (originally $350), Wayfair

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Rubbermaid

Widely accessible, Rubbermaid closet systems are budget-friendly, simple, and easy to assemble. The Rubbermaid Configurations Closet Kit fits most reach-in or walk-in closets. The telescoping rods and expanding shelves adjust to add 12 feet of shelving space and 10 feet of hanging space.

Simple Houseware

Ideal for tight closet spaces or even out-of-closet storage, this Simple Houseware freestanding tower system doesn’t require mounted installation. It has a sturdy wire frame and comes with four shelves and two rods to create storage in spaces as small as 4 feet wide. 

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Closet Evolution

Complete with four drawers, three shelves, and four hanging rods, this wood laminate closet system provides up to 12 feet of hanging space and 14 feet of shelf space. Whether you have a reach-in or walk-in closet, this system fits in closets from 4 to 8 feet wide and can be installed with other Closet Evolution add-ons. 

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How to Maximize Closet Capacity

If you have an overflowing small closet, don’t fret. With the right organization techniques, you can make even the smallest storage space stretch in size. Make your clothes closet feel larger with these tips for successful organization.

1. Take Inventory

To know what you need, you need to know what you have. Make a detailed, itemized list of everything stashed in your closet. Then you can determine how much space you need for short and long hanging items and whether you need a closet drawer system or shelves or both.

2. Plan for Various Shoe Types and Heights

There's no one-size-fits-all solution for shoes when tall heels or boots are involved. Measure shoe heights when assessing your closet needs. Even a half-inch can make a difference when setting up your closet space. This will help you determine whether shoe boxes, a shoe rack, or another specific organizer is necessary. 

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

Comments (2)

Anonymous
October 25, 2018
What about closets from IKEA? I am curious where they would fall in comparison to these other companies.
Anonymous
September 1, 2018
Ikea also has clothing (and everything else) storage systems that are similar to Elfa but at a lower price point.