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Which Closet System Is Right for You?

If you are headed out to shop for that perfect fit closet system, or cruising through Pinterest to see what looks nice, you’ll find there are many different closet systems to choose from. With everything from the do-it-yourself wire shelving to custom shop-built wood closets available, how do you decide?  To help you evaluate your closet organization system options, we offer some facts to consider before shopping; then details about closet systems in three price categories.

Start by measuring the size of the closet area and inventorying the things you plan to store. One of the more critical details to check when comparing actual shelving systems is the weight capacity. An informative  Apartment Therapy article entitled ‘Budget Basics: Cheap Closet Systems’ says, “Whether you’re turning your second bedroom into a giant walk-in closet or converting a tiny hall closet into a pantry, proper installation means a lot with budget systems — take weight restrictions seriously! Most mishaps occur when inexpensive components are loaded up with too much stuff.”

Entry Level Wire Shelving
Entry level shelving made of standard wire by brands such as Schulte, FreedomRail and Rubbermaid offer prepackaged modular systems that are competitively priced and widely available. Wire shelving systems typically include wall-mounted track, rods, shelf brackets and shelves in different sizes and finishes, varying according to difficulty level regarding installation. While functional, wire shelving leaves tell-tale indentation marks on folded clothing and most homeowners prefer the look of wood to match their furnishings. Many wire shelf systems offer flexibility and portability, however, most people install closet systems as permanent fixtures, not intending to uninstall and reinstall them in a different location.
Wood-based Melamine Closet System
Flexible and customizable, many homeowners prefer attractive wood-based Melamine closet systems over standard wire. According to, “The best melamine systems use thermally fused, thick (3/4") boards. The thickness of the material, the process used to make the system (thermally fused melamine is preferred over cold-pressed) and the quality of the accessories and fittings determine the durability of the product.”
Affordable WoodTrac by Sauder closet systems are made from ¾-inch furniture-grade particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF) with a high-definition micro paper laminate. Manufactured in a high heat/high pressure process that results in a very sturdy product, the 24-inch shelf has a weight capacity of 52 lbs. per shelf. Available as wall-mounted or free-standing reach-in closets, WoodTrac closet systems feature white, cherry or espresso finishes. WoodTrac ready-to-assemble modular closet systems include solid hanging rods set at full or half hanging height, four-sided drawer construction with full extension drawer slides, open shelves or shelves with doors, tiltable shoe shelves and a solid back panel that adds to the custom finished look of the closet organization system.  Wood-based closets from WoodTrac are available online and through authorized WoodTrac dealers, for more information and a list of dealers, please visit

Custom Made Wood Closets
The top tier for closet organization is custom made wood closets designed specifically for your closet by a local millwork company. Creating a new look for your master or guest closet may seem overwhelming at first, however, working with the right millwork company will provide you with the hanging space, shelves, doors and drawers you need to get organized. New custom wood closets are designed to reflect your unique tastes and specific closet configuration, offering a wide array of styles, options and materials.
Posted: October 30, 2014

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