• Selecting A Closet Provider
  • Comparing Closet Providers
  • Tips For Clearing The Closet Clutter
  • Building And Remodeling Tips For Creating More Closet And Storage Space

If you are contemplating installing closets yourself, it is important to consider the cost of purchasing the product, hauling components home and installing it. Your time is valuable and often the money you saved to do-it-yourself is not nearly enough to justify your frustrations.   We understand, as a consumer there are many options for the selection and installation of closets and other storage spaces. To help you make an informed decision we offer you this information.

Selecting A Closet Provider:

  • Closet companies should be licensed and insured.
  • Never underestimate the value of a good design. An experienced designer is trained to maximize the space and tailor it to your specific needs.
  • Will the company provide you with a detailed design? It will be difficult to make an informed decision without reviewing all the designs and doing an “apples to apples” comparison.
  • Do they offer only stock sizes, 18, 24, and 30?   We have no stock sizes. Every item is fully customized, including drawer sizes.
  • We have 25 color and wood grain samples to choose from.
  • Inquire about warranties, which can range from one year to a lifetime.
  • Are they a full service company? Does their installation include removing the old shelving? Will you be repairing the walls and doing touch up painting, or will they?
  • Ask who installs the job? Does the company use its own personnel for installation or work through subcontractors? How long are they with the company?
  • Determine how long it will take for delivery and installation; for instance, special order materials may delay installation.

Comparing Closet Providers:

  • How many shelves and what are the depths? Often this is where price difference occurs.
  • What type of system do they use? Our preferred choice is a system that is “floor standing” or supported by the floor. This adds to the stability of the structure. However, we can offer wall-hung systems to those clients who prefer it.
  • What type of material do they use?
  • Is it 3/4” thick or 5/8”?
  • Is it furniture grade particleboard or commercial grade as found in many retail stores? The latter will not hold screws as securely.
  • Is it thermal-fused melamine or cold-pressed? Thermally fused melamine is more durable and has better clean-ability.
  • How are their drawer units made?
  • What type of drawer slides will be used? We use only full-extension ball-bearing drawer slides. No “plastic wheels” to fall off.
  • Is the closet rod, round or oval? Oval rod is stronger.
  • What type of edge banding do they use? Our standard is a 2mm PVC welded, guaranteed never to chip or peel, unlike much of the “taped-on” edge banding our competitor’s use.
  • What type of hamper basket do they use? Is it epoxy-coated, wire, or heavy-duty chrome?

We know this information will be very helpful to you as you shop and compare. As a closet provider, Tailored Closets is dedicated to providing the highest quality standards in the closet industry, in both materials and service. As the saying goes “measure twice, cut once”, Tailored Closets wants you to do it right the first time.

Tips For Clearing The Closet Clutter:

People tend to wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. Try applying these tips to help control the clutter in your closet.

  • Clearing the closet will give you a fresh start. Before putting anything back, ask yourself, Does it fit? Do I really love it? Has it been worn in the last six months? Does it match my current lifestyle? Can it be worn with other things in the closet?
  • Think quality not quantity. Get rid of garments that need mending, stained, lost their shape or uncomfortable, including shoes.
  • To help determine what to eliminate from your closet start with the items you seldom wear. Turn all your hangers so the open part of the hanger faces you and as you return clean but recently worn items face the hanging towards the back of the closet. In a few months you will have a better idea what pieces you haven’t worn. The garments on hangers facing you can be tossed.
  • If you feel you can’t part with a garment try putting it in another closet for 6 months. After 6 months revisit it and remind yourself that you only want things in your closet that you absolutely love and that makes you feel good, then let it go. Donate it and let someone else enjoy it.
  • Remove any unnecessary items that don’t belong in your closet. For example, photo albums, books, magazines, electronic and exercise equipment should be moved to more appropriate storage areas in the home.
  • Invest in the right hangers that give your clothes good support. Having the same type of hanger in the closet will also help keep it looking neat and tidy.
  • Organize items into zones, for example, pants, blouses, skirts, suits, dresses, etc. Organize by color, darker to lighter and long sleeve to short etc.
  • Do you like keeping shoes in boxes? An easy way to determine what shoes are in the box is to take a picture of your shoes, print the picture and glue it to the front of the box.
  • Flat shoe shelving is preferred to maximizing space. Slanted shelving, although attractive, takes up more space when angling shelves. If doing a full tower of shelves consider slanting the top 3 shelves. This will allow you to get both the benefit of seeing the shoes stored higher on the shelf and still maximizing your storage with the flat shelving below.
  • Install a valet rod for extra empty hangers so they don’t take up valuable space between your garments.
  • Having trouble determining if a garment is black or blue?   Fluorescent lighting makes it difficult to determine color. Brighten up your closet with good lighting such as recessed or LED lighting.

Building and Remodeling Tips for Creating More Closet and Storage Space

Before installing or knocking down walls consider these helpful tips.

  • Closet Door: Swinging out so it doesn’t conflict with closet space. A pocket door is best.
  • If the closet is wide enough frame door in the center of entry wall. This will allow more usable space on return walls.
  • Narrow closets limit where your hanging is placed. An optimal width would be a minimum of 72” to allow hanging on both walls.
  • For Reach-In Closets allow a minimum of 24” depth for hanging.
  • Consider locating light switch on the outside of the closet so it will not interfere with the closet design. If the switch must be on the inside locate it as close to the door as possible.
  • Good lighting is important. Avoid florescent since it affects color of clothes. We recommend recessed can lighting or track lighting in walk-in closet. For a reach-in closet mount light inside above door header.
  • If there is a window in the closet allow a minimum of 24” on opposing walls for hanging or 14” for shelving.
  • If the closet allows for a center Island a minimum of 11-12 ft is needed.
  • Will there be a need for charging station, speak to your designer about placement of electrical boxes.
  • Install HVAC vents whether floor or ceiling mounted 18” out from wall so it does not interfere with closet components.
  • Frame attic access opening as close to the center of the ceiling as possible or a minimum of 24” from side walls so as to avoid conflicts with closet components.

We know this information will be very helpful to you as you shop and compare.  As a closet provider, Tailored Closets is dedicated to providing the highest quality standards in the closet industry, in both materials and service.  As the saying goes “measure twice, cut once”, Tailored Closets wants you to do it right the first time.