(Above feature photo by Laren, beautiful custom closet)
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What About A Better Closet?
Easyclosets.com, The Container Store, California Closets
This post will serve as an extended review of those already listed in the custom closet directory.
It will be added to and updated regularly. While most will provide more than just closets, all companies will offer some type or types of closet organizer systems or custom closets.
Any closet changing from the basic closet design that is standard and modified to accommodate the owner could be considered a custom closet. They range from the simple addition of shelves to the elaborate walk-in closets customized with luxurious styled dressers, doors, mirrors, racks, and bins.
Be creative and have it your way by customizing the cookie-cutter box and pole into a fully functional closet that reflects your style and needs.
Size is not essential as we all have many closets in our homes. Often the added storage space we seek was sitting there all the time, waiting for us to give it life and use the area efficiently.
It is not our fault; little thought or creativity went into designing standard closets. Even today, with all of our modern advancements and improvements, a box-and-pole mentality still rules the day among developers as it is cheaper and requires little time.
So, If you want to have a closet that works for you and can keep all your things nice and tidy and readily available when you need them, you are going to have to do it yourself or check out one of the many companies that specialize in these hidden spaces we call closets.
Easy closets are a natural choice as my first website as they are the industry’s first online closet company.
They make their products out of their facility in Holland, Michigan, and are part of the Show Company, which has been in home custom storage and organization products for over 30 years.
They have amazing galleries and closet organizer design tools that allow you to create your closet.
They offer thermally fused laminate products with 3/4″ thick compost panels and typically manufacture and ship your entire order the next business day, which I find incredible.
Their website offers discounts, and you can request free samples of their products like you would at a carpet store so that you can see and feel what you would be getting.
Here is a quick list of the material colors they offer: white, ivory, clay, lava, desert, driftwood, chateau, sierra, chestnut, and espresso. They have a sample design tool to use some redesigned layouts then edit them to your needs.
You will be given a choice of drawer style, hardware color, and adjustable shoe organizer. The tool, as with all new things, takes a minute or two to get the hang of it, but you can’t mess it up, and the device has plenty of help to get you on your way.
Here are just some of the Easyclosets accessories that are available to you:
adjustable shoe organizing shelves
connected top shelves
particular wall types
slide-out belt racks
tie racks and more
Once you have created your closet, they will review your design for free. Their wall-mounted systems hang on durable steel rails and can support up to 1,200 lbs per 8’0 section of the closet when properly installed.
The standard depth of their closets is 14,” but they also offer 19″ and 24″. As the first true closet company that marketed their products to be sold online rather than in local areas, they know what they are doing.
Easyclosets offer discounts as well as free shipping. See the website for details.
The Container Store
Founded in 1978, they are the nations leading retailer of storage and organization products. They offer custom closets for every style and budget, featuring Elfa, Avera, and Laren brands.
Each of these has its category within the site with various choices to suit different preferences and needs. You can choose a closet from their catalogs or design your closet.
- Elfa Classic – wall hanging adjustable made of steel construction
- Elfa Decor- wall hanging flexible made of steel and solid wood
- Avera – wall hanging built-in look made with premium materials
- Laren- floor-based built-in closets made with premium materials
I went with Elfa to see how their design tool worked and see what they offered and was impressed at how easy and quick I was able to narrow down to a design that appealed to me.
It’s a lovely design tool that allows you to pick your current closet design from their templates, add your specific dimensions in the boxes, choose the type of walls your closet is made of and the color of your current partitions. Finally, you select the type of shelves you want. It is that simple.
The Elfa system offers wood veneer shelves in white birch, white walnut, platinum & birch, and platinum & walnut decor.
They also have epoxy-bonded steel ventilated shelves with solid oak accents or without. These shelves look nice with the wood accents, and they come in birch/fascia, walnut/fascia, and white/fascia.
They can also accommodate closets less than 104″ wide and 40″ deep, so small cabinets, no problem. I love it when companies remember us, little people. And this is only one small slice of their massive website and a small part of one of the brands they offer.
California closets boast 120 showrooms and over 700 designers. Founded in 1978 by an 18-year-old college student who turned his idea of maximizing space in his dorm room closet into a successful small business in Southern California. That is what I call the Magic of Thinking Big.
Now an international business, California Closets, has received numerous awards for its designs and innovation. They offer premium and luxury space management and are a subsidiary of First Service Brands, one of America’s largest producers of essential property services to residential and commercial customers.
California Closets website includes broad categories featuring the bedroom, garage, laundry room, workspace, and others. Next, they have subcategories under each of those. In the bedroom category, they have custom, walk-in, reach-in, wardrobe, and kids closets — Vertigo, modern, contemporary, transitional, traditional, luxe, and all-white styles from which to choose from
Their galleries showcase some amazing closets, offer limited lifetime guarantees, and provide a white-glove installation service that focuses on your schedule and treats your home in a professional, respectful way.
They may have some fantastic luxury closets larger than the bedrooms I have lived in, but don’t let that push you away because they will customize cabinets to any space and any budget. Score another one for the little people.
just a small taste
I did not attempt to give complete detailed information for any of these three sites but only a few things about each of them from what I observed and took away from my visits. You can use this information or go check one or all of them out for yourself. I will continue to review other websites offering custom closets. Still, today we touched on some significant closet designers in America who have enjoyed success and have a lot to offer those in search of a custom closet for their home.
I welcome any comments or suggestions, and if you have a site you would like me to add to my growing list, feel free to let me know, and I will do my best to get it on here as well. Thank you for reading, and good luck with your closets. God bless.
Other posts and directories for Closets at Neatfreaker.com
- Custom Closet Directory
- Custom Closet Website Reviews
- Additional Information on Websites
- Website Reviews, Professional Organizers
- Furniture Directory