Planning Your Closet Solves Wardrobe Issues and Saves Time and Money

When it comes to remodeling a closet, the little details can matter even more than the quality of the finishes.

And that’s why I start every project with a meeting inside the client’s closet.

I don’t want clients to clean up for me.

I like to see the problems so I can fix them.

Because I love doing that and have been helping fix people’s problems for over 30 years.

So when Farmers Insurance called in search of a closet industry expert (because they were writing an article about custom closets), that’s exactly what I told them.

It’s a really insightful piece because you’ll also get the story behind a “failed DIY” closet project as well as some additional insights about what to know specifically if you think you’re going to design and build your own closet.

The top three insights I provided include:

1)Utilizing the following measurements to figure out how much space you need for your different items:

  • Suits – typically measure 2 ½” wide

  • Dresses – typically measure 2” wide

  • Folded pants/skirts – typically measure 1 ½” wide

  • Blouses – typically measure 1 ¼” wide

For example, ten men’s suits require 25” (10 x 2 ½” = 25”) of space on a hanging rod.

2)Vertical hanging space is equally important. Design the space so that one rod is 70” from the floor to accommodate 60” long dresses. Hang rods at 42” from the floor to accommodate hanging shirts. And a rod can be installed even lower if you’re just allowing space for pants folded over a hanger (typically 28” from the floor).

3) If you’re ceilings are 10 feet or higher, you can incorporate a pneumatic pull-down rod which can often triple the amount of hanging storage.

There’s more in the article, which you can find here:

And a final, fun quote to possibly spin your perspective:

“Hiring a pro to customize a walk-in closet could cost $5000 – $20,000, depending upon style and finish.” If these numbers see high for a space to hold socks, data from the national Association of Realtors show that 60 percent of home buyes are willing to pay $1350 more for a walk-in master closet. Manhattan real estate agent Julie Gans recently sold a one-bedroom for $710,000 on the strength of several tricked-out closets. “The minute we walked in, the buyer fell in love with the beautiful custom closets that slid, twirled and contorted to use every allowable space,” says Gans.

Again, you can find the entire article here:

And if you need a closet locally, give us a call. I’ll bring my years of industry experience and enthusiasm to your specific project and make magic in your closet space.