Figuring out your perfect closet system requires an organization game plan. Before you start shopping, evaluate your own storage needs. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you begin your closet project:
What do you need to store?
Take inventory of the items you plan to keep in your closet. This will determine what kind of storage you need, such as hanging space, drawers, open shelving or shoe shelving, and how much space to allot for certain items.
For example, everyday clothing needs less room than bulky seasonal items, while most shoes are about 7.5 to 8 inches wide.
Think about what you need to store in your closet before choosing the organizational elements, like drawers and shelves.
How should you measure your space?
The height, width and depth of the closet walls will impact the options available to you, the configuration and the hardware needed.
Be sure to measure from floor to ceiling and note any obstructions that could get in the way of your design, like light switches, air vents, baseboard heat elements and windows.
Watch our "Calculating Storage Space" QuickTip video for more tips on measuring.
Which system should you choose?
Once you have your measurements, it’s time to decide if you would prefer wire or wood in your closet. Each option comes with different finishes and features to complement your unique style and storage needs.
How do you design a closet?
Consider if you would rather do it yourself or if you prefer some extra help from the pros. ClosetMaid offers multiple DIY design tools for all levels of expertise, and also a professional design service from storage specialists to help bring your space to life.
Our prepackaged kits can also simplify the project and provide additional design inspiration!
Our SpaceCreations 78-in. Classic White Closet Kit makes a good DIY project.
What else should you do before installation?
Clean out your closet! This includes prep work for the physical space, such as a fresh coat of paint, vacuuming the closet floors or clearing any debris from an existing system. Then, sort through your belongings and discard anything you don’t need in your new closet.
Prepare the closet area for installation by patching the walls and painting the, if desired.
Although creating a new organization system may seem like a large undertaking, following the necessary steps and developing a plan can make the process a lot smoother.