Monday, November 18, 2013

Upgrading to Custom Closets: A Shopper's Guide

Making the decision to upgrade to custom closets is a decision that more and more Americans are making every day. Custom closets are one of the few upgrades that actually will increase the equity in your home. These custom closets are not just for the wealthy anymore and the closet industry has come a long way in creating systems for every budget. Before you embark on this journey to clean up your closets and streamline your daily life, there are a few things you should know that are covered in the rest of this article.


There are basically five types of custom closet solutions for your closets. The least expensive is wire shelving and racks which don't offer much in the way of flexibility, strength, nor storage capacity. Most new custom closet clients are looking to replace their wire systems with melamine systems. European 32mm Melamine Systems are extremely well priced, totally custom, and quite elegant. With these systems you get the most bang for your buck. Melamine is incredibly strong and versatile and can be customized for any space.

For those with a taste for hardwood, veneered and solid hardwood systems are available. With species from Bird's Eye Maple to African Wenge, the sky is the limit. These closets can be milled to your exact specifications and finished to your liking.

Finally, there are many stores that sell component systems. These are simple stackable or buildable components that can be installed by the homeowner. These systems are generally not well manufactured, are not custom cut, and are very limited in their use.

Melamine systems are the number one choice for the majority of the population. These systems have become very popular in part due to the success of California Closets. There are now hundreds if not thousands of companies offering them nationwide and melamine systems are simply the best solution for your storage woes.


Start your quest by searching for a company that is responsive with quick turnaround times. A simple search on Google will bring forth any number of reviews from past clients. An A or A+ Rating with the BBB is always a good thing as you know the prospective company stands up to their promises and cares about its clients. Finally, make sure that the melamine they use is 3/4 inch thick and furniture grade and is guaranteed for as long as you own your home. Comparing quotes from two or more companies is always a good idea as well to insure you are getting the best possible price. Just make sure the quotes are an 'apples to apples' comparison with like materials and design components. There are way too many variables in different designs to make an accurate pricing comparison. Once you do your due diligence and decide on the right company for you, place your order and typically within a couple of weeks, you will be enjoying your new custom closets!

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