What to Know

Before starting your next design project

Here’s What to Know

Selecting a closet planning professional

Consumers have numerous options for selection and installation of closets and storage space. If you are considering installing closets yourself, it is important that you keep in mind the cost of purchasing the product, hauling components home, and installing the product. Your time is valuable, and often the money that you saved to do-it-yourself is not nearly enough to justify your frustrations. Closet professionals who are members of the ACSP are committed to upholding the highest quality standards in the industry. Here are some other considerations to keep in mind when selecting a closet provider:

  • Closet companies should be licensed and insured
  • Inquire about warranties, which can range in duration anywhere from one year to a lifetime
  • Ask if the company uses its own personnel for installation, or works through subcontractors
  • Determine how long it will take for delivery and installation; for instance, special order materials may delay installation

Closet planning tips

Effective closet systems can significantly increase available storage space. A conventional 6-by-8-foot walk-in closet has, on average, 20 linear feet of hanging space. A closet system can double hanging space to 40 linear feet, plus shelves and drawers can also be added to make the most of the closet.

To make the best use of the space, follow these simple steps:

  • Take everything out of the closet and evaluate what should be kept
  • Get rid of clothes that do not fit or are out of style
  • Find other storage areas for things like sports gear and other items that don’t belong in a clothes closet
  • Weed out unused hangers to create more space

Now you are ready to plan the space for the remaining clothes and accessories:

  • Measure the length of hanging clothes; shirts, skirts and other short items can be hung on double rods
  • Count sweaters and shoes in order to provide adequate cubbies and shelving
  • Use hooks to store robes, night gown, and “around the house” clothing
  • Put folded items on shelves where they can be seen