Archive for the ‘Design Tips’ Category

Some No-Nos of Closet Design

July 22, 2009

Maximize your space.  Here’s a rule of thumb…if you can see any of the back wall of the closet, you can maximize more.  By creating sections for double-hanging, long-hanging, shoes, and shelves for folded clothes, you can double and triple storage space and efficiency.  Besides, it is so much easier to find items and stay organized if everything has a place.

Shelving will sag.  It’s a fact of life.  Doesn’t matter if its plywood, melamine, whatever.  Never make book shelves more than 24 inches wide.  Go even smaller if you can.  Any shelves over 30 inches will eventually sag if they have more than just folded clothes on them.  If you plan on storing boxes, books, or anything with substantial weight, you will need to support shelves with something…brackets, metal or wood stiffeners, cleats, a divider, something.

Watch your hanging clothes.  I’ve been in hundreds of closets where the carpenter, closet designer, or customer has hanging clothes on both sides of a five foot wide closet.  Lame.  Hanging clothes need 24” from the wall…so in the example above there is only one foot to walk! Oops!  We tear these lame designs out all the time. Keep it simple and leave plenty of clearance.

Don Farwell –


Custom Design? Pre-designed Kit? Pre-packaged Product? HOW DO I CHOOSE?

July 21, 2009

With so many closet organization products to choose from, where do you start? Custom designs can be very expensive – some closet designers will charge a fee just to visit you…yuck! Most pre-designed kits are useless and require a trained professional to work out the bugs. If you buy pre-packaged products, you have to configure your own storage solution and try to make it fit your space. This can be pretty frustrating!

Here are some tips:

  1. If you can afford it, go custom. Let an expert design, manufacture, and install your closet. Most closet companies know what they’re doing (some more than others) and the value added to your home and daily life are worth the expense.
  2. If you’re on a budget, find a pre-designed kit that works and makes sense to you. If possible, look for a kit that does not require a saw – this is not a kit but some boards for you to play carpenter with. A kit should arrive cut-to-fit and ready to install. Also, if a company is relying on you to be the design expert, just take your time and think it out. I know that our ‘kit designs’ come from decades of closet space experience (you can cheat and use our designs if you want…they actually work!  Ha ha!).
  3. If you are on a major budget, buy pre-packaged components and totally do it yourself. Just remember, keep it simple…less is more. Don’t get carried away with the fluff and accessories. This is most likely a waste of money and the quality of these products is usually questionable.

Hope this helps!

Don Farwell –