Closet Storage Systems Basics

Dated: 09/07/2018

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Getting Started with Custom Closet Storage Solutions You'll eventually come to the DIY closet storage systems if you cruise the aisles of your favorite home improvement store. Here, you'll find a wide range of products, from basic wire shelving to wire and metal kits and laminated wood kits. The choices are sometimes overwhelming, to be quite honest. Your new home has an amazingly huge closet, but a startling lack of places to hang stuff. Sure, you could pile all your extra clothing, shoes and accessories in the corner, or move your antique dressers into the empty space, but there's probably a better solution. Why not try a closet storage system? Do you need a double rod system? Where will your winter boots go in the closet? Can you afford a closet system? According to Fixr.com, even the cheapest closet systems run $200 to $500 when you do your own install. Considerations Before You Buy Your Closet System You know what you like, and really, you probably know what you need, even if you're doubting yourself right now. Start with a basic sketch of your closet, preferably on graph paper or something similar on your phone. You need to know exact dimensions. Now, ask yourself these questions: Not Ready to DIY Your Closet? You'll find closet storage system suppliers, installers and general contractors-- all people who can help you turn that closet of your dreams into a reality. And, hey, your Realtor thinks they're pretty great, so you know that the people you're letting work in your home are trustworthy. When installing these systems on your own, remember that closet rods need support at least every three feet, otherwise you risk bowing or collapse. Adding one every two feet creates a much more secure setup if you have a lot of clothing. What's the Right Height for My Closet Rods? Technically, you can hang those rods anywhere you please. That goes double for an odd-shaped closet like those that often go with upstairs bedrooms or converted attics. Double hung rods. The bottom should be at waist height, about 42 inches above the floor. The upper should be around 84 inches, so that each level has the same amount of vertical hanging space for shirts, jackets and other shorter items. Medium hang rods. Items that are roughly knee-length may fit better in your closet on their own rod. Hang them 60 inches off the floor and free up space on your long hang rod. Long hang rods. For your dusters, your long dresses, your overalls-- anything that's long enough that it's going to reach close to the floor when you're wearing it goes on this rod. It should be set about 70 inches off the floor because of the length of the items on it. * How much upper rod space do I really need? * Do I need lower rods for jackets, shirts and the like? * How many shoes do I actually own? * Would it be handy to have drawers in my closet? * Is my closet big enough that an island makes sense as a way to create more useable space? * Where will I put my hamper( s)? * Is this a shared space? If so, how will it be divided? Once you've figured all of that out, you can sketch your closet out. This is just for the storage system, for this blog we're going to ignore any lighting or electrical issues that could be applicable. Pants rods. If so, you may need some of these rods in your closet. Why not try a closet storage system? If you cruise the aisles of your favorite home improvement store, you'll eventually come to the DIY closet storage systems. Items that are roughly knee-length may fit better in your closet on their own rod. If so, you may need some of these rods in your closet. You'll find closet storage system suppliers, installers and general contractors-- all people who can help you turn that closet of your dreams into a reality.

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John Thomas

Hi, I'm John Thomas, and I am a full-time/full-service RealtorĀ® at eXp Realty in Atlanta Georgia. I was born in Chicago, grew up in Elmhurst. I attended York High School and Loras College. I have a B....

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