In the previous two articles, we have shared some of the wisdom we have accumulated while designing and installing custom closet systems for our customers. Today, we decided to address some of the specific questions about custom closets that we hear most often. While giving our answers to these questions, we will give some tips and pointers.
How much does the custom closet system cost?
Well, that may be the most frequently asked question. However, it is impossible to throw a number and say that this is how much it costs. The price is determined by the type of the system (wire, laminate, hanging or standing), the number of units, the type and size of units, finishes, accessories, and decorative elements.
To give you an idea, the hanging system will be more economical than standing, wire is less expensive that laminate, and plain white/off-white laminate finish is cheaper than woodgrain or real wood.
The more material is used the more expensive the unit will be. Thus, taller units with deeper shelves cost more than shorter ones with standard shelves. If there are drawers or doors, they will add to the price. The high-end decorative touches like moldings, glass and stone countertops will bring the price even higher.
A quote can only be prepared for a design after seeing your specific space and determining your specific requirements.
Is there a difference between floor standing and wall mounted closets?
Customers who ask this questions are well aware that one system sits on the floor and the other is hung on the wall. They mean the difference in usability, price, ease of installation, and so forth.
Generally speaking, wall mounted units are more economical and are suitable for any type of closet or storage provided the wall is capable of supporting them. This system is hung on a metal horizontal bar that is attached to the wall studs. With wall mounted units, you typically will have a gap between the top of a unit and a ceiling and a gap between the floor and the bottom of a unit. This may or may not be a desirable feature (for example, convenient to clean floor but no organization). Also, there is a limit on the weight of the content of wall-hung elements.
Floor standing systems usually cost more but create a built-in, furniture look and provide more opportunities for customization and decoration. There are more options for trims and decorative elements. The shelves can usually be adjusted after the installation. These systems sit on the floor while being secured to the wall to prevent tipping. They can hold more weight and have deeper shelves. However, their installation usually requires removal of base wall trim.
What are the best closet accessories?
Closet accessories are sometimes overlooked but are true gems of the closet design. Simply adding the right accessories can transform a disappointing closet into a true workhorse.
The following are the most useful additions to your closet. The need for some depends, of course, on your specific requirements.
Belt\tie\scarf racks eliminate messy piles or “here-and-there” situations and introduce order. They make this items highly visible and easily accessible. For very limited space you may consider pull-out belt\tie\scarf valets.
Pull-down hanging rods are exceptionally convenient for utilizing the higher levels of your closet and keeping the clothes quickly and easily available. They come with a handle that lets you raise the rod out of the way into a storage positions and to lower it within your reach. Pull-down rods do take up some space though for mounting and operation.
Wire baskets are useful because they are transparent on all sides and make their content highly identifiable. Another use (and usually is the most obvious one) is as a laundry hamper.
Drawer dividers help keep drawer contents organized and quickly available.
Some people like storing their jewelry in a closet so that they can do dressing and accessorizing in one place. Additionally, if you have quite bit of jewelry you might find that a special storage in a spacious closet is ideal. There are, of course, other reasons for keeping it in a closet. No matter the reason, jewelry drawers and dividers are a popular closet accessory and come in several different ways. Colorwise and More offers velvet lined jewelry drawer trays and slide-out trays. The drawer trays can have an optional lock feature. The 2-level slide out trays are hidden behind a drawer front that tilts down and are easily accessible.
Is laminate better that wire?
Laminated shelves are sturdier, more convenient for smaller items, and look more substantial, furniture-like. They are easier to clean and protect your clothes from dust better. The laminated system also allows for more flexibility after installation making adding elements and accessories as well as adjusting heights and locations possible.
The main advantages of the wire system are the lower initial cost and lower level of skill required for the installation, meaning they are designed to be installed by the homeowner. The wire system’s elements can be easily modified by the installer but once installed, the system provides a more limited opportunity for customization.
How to use the corners?
There are a couple of way to utilize the corner space. One is to use a corner shelving unit or run the shelves on both sides of a corner. The drawback may be some dead space in the very back of a corner depending on the width of shelves.
Another option is to install a hanging rod into the corner on one side and install another unit (preferably with no hanging space) on the other side but no closer than 24” to the corner.
One thing you definitely should not do is to run 2 hanging rods into the corner across each other.
We hope that was useful and informative for many of you who are thinking about redesigning their closets or are already implementing some changes. As always, should this project become too much or you just decide that you would rather have the professionals do it for you, please, call or email Colorwise and More.