Closet case

Considering closet shelving. It’s been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve been putting off since before we moved in.

There are TONS of closet and wall-mounted shelving options to consider and it’s totally overwhelming.  I’ve been trying to find comparison reviews by searching for “closet systems,” “closet system reviews” and “closet system comparisons.” There isn’t a comprehensive list out there anywhere that I can find. Argh.

I ended up individually researching companies I’ve heard of from magazines or word-of-mouth.  Let me just say this – closet systems are unbelievably expensive. Seriously. But I honestly believe that you get what you pay for.  We got a quote for doing Elfa in our master closet. I took measurements into the store and an employee sat with us for nearly two hours helping us design what we thought would be the perfect set-up for our lifestyle.  And the system is such that you can start simple and add pieces over time as your needs change.

We also got a quote from a private company – akin to California closets, called Crooked Oak. They have BEAUTIFUL products, similarly priced to Elfa, but that are MDF rather than wire, and have the look of built-ins.  The upside to Crooked Oak is that they have customizable options that you can add to over time as well, unlike California Closets, which are built in.  And a service rep came out to our house and talked to us about our needs within our own space. She took the measurements and did the drawings, and I had to do nothing other than give her my wish list.

But given our (very) tight budget, and my organizational proclivities (who, me?) we went to Home Depot and got ourselves some good old Closet Maid pieces and combined those with existing furniture we already had from our previous homes.

What I like best about this solution is that it’s a sturdy rail system – nothing needs to be screwed into the wall except the foundational structure.  Everything is an add-on and customizable.  We can go all the way to the floor (like I did in one area on Ayesha’s side) or layer more shelves above the hanging section (like I did on mine).  And I can do it all myself – so I have the freedom to combine stand-alone pieces, and odd sizes, and whatever I want whenever I want, easily.

It totally works for us and our master closet.

I’m working on the home office closet now 🙂

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