Custom Closets: Professional vs. DIY


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The time has come to consider putting a custom organization system in your closets or pantry. Perhaps you’ve accumulated so much “stuff” that you can barely fit what you have in your storage space. Or maybe you are just sick and tired of never knowing where things are, and of running late due to a general sense of disorganization. No matter what the situation, if you are thinking about having custom closets, the next question is whether you want to hire a professional closet company to do it for you, or if you would rather do it yourself. Here are some things to think about as far as the pros and cons of each of these options:

  • Price
    Your number one reason for wanting to design and build your custom closets on your own might be the anticipated cost. If you hire a custom closet company to do this for you, you might think that price will be very high. In reality, your cost is going to to vary depending on exactly what you want, how large your closet is and what closet accessories you choose. According to Creative Closets, the average cost of a small closet might be between $800 and $1,000, and a larger closet can cost up to $2,000 or even more, if you have them done professionally. If you are planning the DIY route, it’s important to price out all of the materials, including any tools that you might have to rent or purchase in order to get the job done. You might be surprised; the cost of having closets professionally installed may not be much more than the cost of doing it yourself, when you consider everything.
  • Fit and Function
    If you are building your own closets, you are going to need to make sure that you measure everything precisely. If you cut your wood slightly too large, you will have buckling and breakage to contend with, either right away or later down the road. If it’s too small, you might lose small items behind or to the side of the unit. You’ll need to make sure that your shelves are perfectly level, and that your drawers are installed correctly so that they open and close smoothly. A professional closet company will make sure that this is all done for you. It really comes down to your abilities and also how much time you want to spend making sure that you are doing everything correctly.
  • Materials
    You will need to think about the type of materials you plan to use for your custom closet. If you are unsure, you could ask at your local home improvement store about which types of wood would be the best to use. Remember that you are going to want something that is sturdy and moisture-resistant. A professional closet company has access to strong materials that resist moisture and stains. Many companies use wood that has a thermally fused melamine coating, for example. If you are considering a wire closet system, be sure to find out how much weight it can carry; these tend to be less capable of bearing heavy loads than wood closet systems.

If you are still deciding between professional and DIY closet organizers, you might do well to have a consultation appointment with a custom closet company. This is usually free, and you will be able to ask all of the questions that you need to in order to make a well-thought-out decision. You can also get a price quote, and you may be pleasantly surprised!


Tim Melton Creative Closets
Tim is the Owner of Creative Closets and serves the greater Seattle, WA. Creative Closets specializes in custom closets and storage organizer systems.

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