We reach into our closets on a daily basis, so why not make them easy to navigate? It may sound like a tall order, but with a closet kit, you can create a spacious storage system that suits your life and your needs. Whether your dream closet features shelves galore, towers of drawers, or color-coordinated bins, there’s a kit out there for you.
“Anytime you can have a closet system put in place is a good thing,” says Jennifer Truesdale, CPO and founder of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services. “You just want to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.” Her advice? Take inventory of your belongings before drilling any holes. “Design for who’s going to use it and what kind of categories they’re going to have,” she says. Whether that means tall rods for long hanging dresses, shelves for sweaters and jeans, or plenty of baskets for small essentials, once you’ve done the initial work of decluttering and sorting, you’ll have a clearer sense of what will work for you.
We tested and researched dozens of models and brands to help you narrow down your choices, evaluating each closet kit on attributes like size, features, material, customization options, and overall value. Our top pick is the Rubbermaid Classic Custom Closet Configuration Storage Kit, because of its stellar performance and overall practicality.
Rubbermaid Configurations Closet Kits
Extremely versatile configuration options
Can require extra steps and hardware
Wire shelving can be flimsy
Previously named our best budget pick, the Rubbermaid Classic Custom Metal Closet Configuration Storage Kit from the Rubbermaid Configurations line has edged into the best overall spot due to its versatility, adjustability, and reliability. If you’re organizing your bedroom closet and want a system that accommodates rows of hangers alongside bins of sweaters, redesigning a guest room closet to store linens and bedding, or revamping a kid’s space with an eye for growth like our at-home tester, this set can easily meet your needs. It handles spaces between 3 and 6 feet (and other sizes are offered, too), and works in a reach-in or walk-in closet. All of these features come at a fair price point, making it a great value, too.
The stainless steel material is sturdy and sleek in appearance, and each vertical rod has rows of parallel holes that allow you to easily set and adjust shelves and rods to your heart’s content. It’s worth noting that many systems and kits give you options for wall placement and shelf positioning, but this Rubbermaid kit stands out for how streamlined it is. Once your vertical rods are secure, you can add, adjust, and remove shelves and horizontal rods as often as you like. Replacement pieces and shelves are sold individually, so you will need to budget for them accordingly. If you find yourself in need of additional parts down the road, you won’t have to purchase an entirely new set. The installation process is straightforward too, though it’s possible you’ll find yourself in need of extra hardware like our tester, but aside from that, it’ll likely be smooth sailing.
No closet kit is perfect, and in this kit’s case, the shelves do have weight limits. We noted that they bowed under the weight of a kids’ block collection. The plethora of configuration options may also leave those who prefer thorough instructions for every step of the installation process wanting more guidance for shelf placement. Despite these minor issues, we still dubbed it a “standout among wire closet organizers,” and gave it a stellar 4.7-star overall rating. We believe that it’s an excellent choice for an all-around kit that will elevate a variety of closets throughout your home.
Price at time of publish: $113
Dimensions: 72 x 36 x 2 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Mount Type: Wall-mounted | Number of Shelves: 5 | Number of Rods: 2 | Number of Drawers: 0
Closetmaid Closet Maximizer
Pairs well with existing rod or shelving
Solid shelf surfaces
Not as sturdy as wall-mounted styles
Upper shelf not included
The aesthetically pleasing, cost-effective Closet Maximizer from Closetmaid gives you more than 8 feet of shelving, and up to 24.5 extra inches of rod space, while still smartly utilizing your existing rod or upper wire shelving. We love it as our best budget pick because unlike many options in its under-$100 price range, it offers solid laminate wood shelving, so garments won’t catch or snag on wire. Its four shelves are positioned 12.5 inches apart, so they comfortably hold bins, stacks of clothes, or loose items.
It’s also extremely versatile—you can clip it onto your upper closet shelf or existing rod, and easily remove it for use in another closet. While we like the practicality of this design, it may be a disadvantage for some who prefer a more secure setup, or who are looking specifically for solutions that can maximize upper space in their closet.
Price at time of publish: $88
Dimensions: 74 x 53 x 11.6 inches | Material: Coated steel and laminated wood | Mount Type: Hanging | Number of Shelves: 4 | Number of Rods: 1 | Number of Drawers: 0
California Closets Reach-In Closet System
Customizable, large variety of offerings
White glove installation serve
Can be a lengthier process than ordering a pre-made kit
Returns not offered
If you've considered a customizable closet at any point in your life, chances are good that California Closets has popped up on your radar. Their gorgeous work contributes to the industry standard of custom closets, and they offer everything from simple and sleek storage solutions to attention-grabbing designs that serve multiple purposes, like workspaces, media displays, Murphy beds, and more. They also have a huge presence, with more than 100 showrooms throughout North America, plus they can accommodate in-home and virtual consultations if there isn't a showroom that's convenient for you.
With such a thorough customization, ordering, and installation process, you have every opportunity to ensure you're getting exactly what you want (and this is a good thing because they won't allow for returns). And speaking of the ordering and design process, one downside that we can see is that it can be weeks from your initial consultation reach out to when your system is finally installed. Considering the high-quality product and top-notch service that the brand is known for, you'll likely agree that it's worth the wait.
Price at time of publish: Varies, tiers start around $1,000, $3,000, $5,000, or $11,000
Dimensions: Varies | Material: Laminated composite from recycled wood | Mount Type: Hanging | Number of Shelves: Varies | Number of Rods: Varies | Number of Drawers: Varies
Best for Walk-Ins
Dotted Line White Grid 120" W Closet System Corner System
Variety of storage options
If you have lots of garments, the Dotted Line White Grid Closet System Corner System has a spot for it. For long dresses and jackets, you have high rods. Sweaters and jeans, you have a whopping 14 shelves. Socks and underwear, there are three drawers. It even features three rows of shoe storage—an infrequent yet much-appreciated closet kit feature. The shelves are adjustable too, so look no further if you need a spot for large handbags or tall boots. While we’ve opted to feature a set designed for 7- and 10-foot walls, other sizes are available, too.
The wall-mounted, L-shaped system is made of engineered wood coated in a laminate, and is available in four finishes: white, honey blonde, weathered gray, and truffle (dark brown). For the price, some buyers may feel let down that there’s not a natural wood option, and the installation process can be time-consuming, too. But given the vast array of storage space and practicality of the two-piece set, the pros far outweigh the cons with this walk-in closet kit.
Price at time of publish: $1,399
Dimensions: 72 x 120 x 84 inches | Material: Engineered wood | Mount Type: Wall-mounted | Number of Shelves: 14 | Number of Rods: 6 | Number of Drawers: 3
Best for Reach-Ins
Closetmaid 60" W - 96" W Wire Closet Organizer Kit with Shoe Shelf
Lots of surface space
Add-on shoe shelf
No separate rods
No adjustable shelving
This fixed-mount closet organizer kit from Closetmaid is just what you need if you’re overwhelmed by adjustable and customizable options. With a sleek and simple design that prioritizes shelf and hanging space, plus an added shoe rack that will keep your favorite footwear off the floor, it gives you lots of open and flexible space that’s perfect for bin and basket storage. We love that the price rivals that of our best budget choice.
It’s worth mentioning that this set doesn’t include standalone rods; rather the wire shelves have a lower rack that can hold hangers underneath. This design means your clothes will end up in separate sections—for some, this could be a benefit and bonus organizational feature, though others may be annoyed by not being able to push hangers more than a few inches. The other downside is that, unlike many closet kits out there, these shelves are not adjustable. Still, we think it’s more than worth the investment and will likely be the simple, elegant solution many closets need.
Price at time of publish: $100
Dimensions: 70 x 60-96 x 12 inches | Material: Metal | Mount Type: Wall-Mounted | Number of Shelves: 6 | Number of Rods: 0 | Number of Drawers: 0
The Container Store Elfa Classic System
Results tailored to your exact needs
Accessible design tools
Slower process than ordering a pre-made kit
It’s impossible to write about closet kits without mentioning The Container Store’s Elfa Classic line. The expansive collection offers custom options that suit a range of budgets, styles, and needs—from a single rack of solid shelving in a dark finish, to a wall of light and airy vented shelves and mesh drawers galore. We’ve been repeatedly impressed with the Elfa line’s pre-designed kits, giving the Elfa Classic 4’ White Reach-In Clothes Closet high marks after at-home testing and naming it a best overall kit in a previous roundup. The consistently high-performing offerings, attention to detail, and features such as decorative fascia (edges that clip to the front of your shelves for a more upscale look) set the Elfa system apart.
We also appreciate the accessibility of the design process: A web-based tool allows you to explore and experiment with offerings and designs and gives you a sense of cost before you even request a consultation. Whether you’re curious about custom closets, or ready to start the process, you’ll want to give the Elfa line a (very!) close look.
Price at time of publish: Varies
Dimensions: Varies | Material: Varies | Mount Type: Wall-mounted | Number of Shelves: Varies | Number of Rods: Varies | Number of Drawers: Varies
Honey-Can-Do Freestanding Open Wardrobe
Different shelf and basket sizes
Room to store long garments
Doubles as shoe storage
Less stable than wall-mounted systems
Slatted shelves aren’t as secure
With four built-in wire storage baskets, solid shelving, a garment rod, and both upper and lower slatted shelves that match the entire width of the piece, the two-toned Honey-Can-Do Freestanding Open Wardrobe is a polished and practical choice that you can use in your closet or against an empty wall. We especially like how the garment rod is positioned high enough to comfortably hold long dresses or jackets, and how the slatted shelf design gives you a peek-a-boo view of what you’re storing up above and serves as great shoe storage below.
While the slats may not be everyone’s preference because small items will need a separate bin or basket, and the freestanding nature of the design is less stable than wall units, it’s still a worthy piece to consider if you’re not interested in or able to install a full kit. It’s also a breeze to assemble, thanks to the included shelf clips and can be done tool-free by one person.
Price at time of publish: $276
Dimensions: 68 x 67 x 16.5 inches | Material: Metal | Mount Type: Freestanding | Number of Shelves: 8 | Number of Rods: 1 | Number of Drawers: 0
Best for Kids
IKEA BOAXEL Wardrobe Combination
Easy to customize
Included mesh baskets
Can switch components as kids grow
Not specifically designed for kids
Setup can be extensive
When it comes to kids’ closets, Truesdale, a pro organizer, reminds us, “The best thing to do is buy a system that’s adaptable to change—you can reconfigure as the child grows.” This IKEA BOAXEL wardrobe combination is the best-case scenario. It features practical shelves for folded clothes, mesh metal baskets for smaller items like socks and underwear, a hanging rod for shirts, dresses, and jackets, and versatile high and low shelves, too. Along with these storage staples, you can even add a desk or table surface for homework and crafts when the need arises.
Keep in mind that while we love this unit (and the many others available in the line), it’s not a set that’s uniquely designed for young people, so you (or your kids) may want to add a personal touch if the basic design is too dull for them. Plus, as is the case with many IKEA products, assembly can be labor-intensive, too.
Price at time of publish: $158
Dimensions: 79 x 49.13 x 15.75 inches | Material: Steel | Mount Type: Wall-mounted | Number of Shelves: 5 | Number of Rods: 1 | Number of Drawers: 2 (mesh baskets)
Closet Evolution Essential Shelf 25 in. W White Wood Closet Tower
Simplicity and versatility in design
4 available finishes
Can be used on its own or within set
Adding matching pieces can be pricey
If you want shelves, more shelves, and nothing but shelves, this tower from Closet Evolution has you covered. The sleek and tidy piece comes in four neutral colors and has 7 shelves spaced in its 72-inch design, giving you a roughly 14 feet of storage space. Three of the shelves are fixed, while four are adjustable, so you can space them further apart for stacks of sweaters, or close together for short bins of socks or ties. It can work in an entryway, linen closet, or pantry as well as a bedroom closet, so plan accordingly if you have lots of closets in need of a sprucing up.
Hardware is included for installation, and buyers report that the process is straightforward. Use a single tower, install multiple side by side, or pair it with other pieces from the Closet Evolution line—though keep in mind that each item is sold separately, so creating a full kit can get costly. Whether you add additional pieces or use it on its own as a single shelf unit, we think you'll be pleased with the results.
Price at time of publish: $189
Dimensions: 72 x 25.13 x 14 inches | Material: Laminate | Mount Type: Wall-mounted | Number of Shelves: 7 | Number of Rods: 0 | Number of Drawers: 0
Best for Entryways
Brightroom Two Shelf Wardrobe Black Metal with Natural Wood
Plenty of space for essentials
Not as stable as wall-mounted systems
Two-tone design may not suit all home styles
Think of what you’re usually holding when you’re in your entryway, like a coat, bag, hat, and shoes. This Two Shelf Wardrobe from Target’s Brightroom brand can accommodate all of it, and it looks sleek while doing it. We love the idea of this pretty yet practical piece greeting your guests, too. And while hooks aren’t built-in, thanks to the wire upper shelf, you can easily add S-hooks for umbrellas, hats, and bag straps. The lower slotted shelf is also perfect for shoes, too.
It’s worth noting that this is a standalone piece, so it won’t feel quite as secure as fully installed units (and you’ll want to double-check measurements, too). While we’re fans of the black metal design and wood shelf accents, it’s a contemporary vibe as well that might feel out of place with certain design styles. But if it suits your space and your budget, it’s a great option.
Price at time of publish: $80
Dimensions: 68 x 30 x 20 inches | Material: Metal with wood | Mount Type: Freestanding | Number of Shelves: 3 | Number of Rods: 1 | Number of Drawers: 0
Best for Kitchen
IKEA OMAR 2-section shelving unit
Slotted shelving gives high visibility
Metal baskets for small items
Wide and spacious shelves
Large size may not fit all homes
Wall fasteners sold separately
Like many of IKEA’s systems, the Omar shelving unit gives you lots of flexibility and potential for customization. What makes this set so ideal for kitchens is the spacious design and extra details, like metal baskets and bamboo shelf liners, as well as the durable steel construction. In case you want to hang spoons, spatulas, or even aprons and oven mitts, S-hooks are an easy, but additional, purchase. Wall fasteners, which we would recommend for safety and stability, are also sold separately.
The wide shelving (each rack is 36.25 inches) means more storage space, but the large footprint may be too much for some spaces. Slimmer racks, shorter racks, and even bottle shelves are available, too. Just be sure to assess your kitchen storage needs, and take careful measurements of your space to ensure you’re selecting the right OMAR combination.
Price at time of publish: $348
Dimensions: 77.5 x 71.25 x 14.13 inches | Material: Metal | Mount Type: Freestanding | Number of Shelves: 6 | Number of Rods: 0 | Number of Drawers: 0
Best for Small Spaces
Rubbermaid Expandable Closet Shelf Kit, 2-4 ft.
Multiple configuration options
Priced fairly in category
Wire shelving can bow
Not as decorative as wood shelving
The Rubbermaid Expandable Closet Shelf Kit is another offering from the Configurations line, which has previously demonstrated excellence in The Spruce’s testing and research. This set of shelves, rods, and racks can be positioned as a slim 24-inch tower of storage, or a shorter and wider 48-inch version. We love the versatility of this set, and see it working well for linen closets, laundry storage, and bedroom closets in need of additional shelving that won’t overwhelm.
As beloved as this closet system is, keep in mind that it’s not as dense as wood versions (it’s also not as bulky, which may be considered an added benefit). When we tested a similar model, this type of shelf bowed under high weight. Despite this limitation, the Rubbermaid Configurations line has proven itself time and time again, which is why we don’t hesitate to heartily recommend it for small spaces.
Price at time of publish: $75
Dimensions: Varies x 24-48 x 12 inches | Material: Metal | Mount Type: Wall-mounted | Number of Shelves: 4 | Number of Rods: Varies | Number of Drawers: 0
Our top pick for a closet kit is the Rubbermaid Custom Metal Closet Configuration Storage Kit for 4- to 8-foot closets, for as many reasons as it has shelf combinations. The sturdy racks, versatile shelves, and hanging rods ensure that you can get just the fit and design your space needs. It’s reasonably priced for the market and materials, too. Speaking of price, the Closetmaid Closet Maximizer is another fantastic option for its sleek appearance, solid shelves, and unique rack-hanging method of installation. It’s a great option if you’re looking to spend less.
What to Look for in a Closet Kit
Size and Mount Type
Remember the advice of Jennifer Truesdale, CPO and founder of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services? She recommends that you take inventory of your belongings before selecting your closet kit because knowing roughly how much storage space you need and how much wall space you have to dedicate to it will ensure you get a correctly-sized closet kit.
While many of the systems named here boast adjustable features, we’ve yet to find a true one-size-fits-all option. So, you’ll need to know the depth of your closet, as well as the width and height of the wall you’ll be mounting your kit on. Be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines for leaving space above and below pieces, too. When it comes to freestanding units, keep those same details in mind, and always consider wall fasteners for safety and security.
Once you’ve determined the correct size and type of kit for your closet, take into account how you’ll be setting it up. Most of the kits we’ve named are suitable for home installation if you (or a helpful partner or friend) have working knowledge of the tools required for assembly. In other words, you’re comfortable hammering, drilling, and leveling. When that’s not the case, or you’re unsure about the labor involved for any reason, you’ll want to call in a professional. If you do decide to DIY your closet installation, note that most options take a few hours to complete, and can take one or two people. It's also worth mentioning that some brands offer installation as part of their package, like California Closets, which we named as best splurge and The Container Store, which was our best custom.
Most closet kits feature a combination of shelving and rods, while additional features like drawers, baskets, and shoe racks can often be available, too. As tempting as it may be to transform your closet into the most aesthetically pleasing version your budget allows, you may regret it if it’s not designed to match your lifestyle. As Truesdale puts it, “Don’t just buy one that looks nice, buy one that’s going to suit your needs.” Figure out what your categories are, and ask yourself questions like whether you need tall rods for long garments or bins for your workout gear, or if you want high shelves for hats. Once you do this, you’ll have a clear sense of whether you need to lean on shelving, drawers, hanging rods, bins and baskets, or a combination of two or more.
Some closet systems can only be configured in one way, while others can be assembled in several different arrangements. If you’re not sure what type of configuration will work best in your home—or want your product to be suitable in different spaces in the future—consider choosing a closet kit that offers more versatility. This will let you try out various designs and find the best option for your needs now and later on. A number of selections on this list allow you that, including our best overall pick, the Rubbermaid Classic Custom Closet Configuration Storage Kit, and our best for walk-ins selection, the Dotted Line White Grid 120" W Closet System Corner System.
Additionally, some closet organization brands sell add-on components for their systems, allowing you to add more drawers, baskets, shelves, and accessories down the line. This is handy if you are installing the kit in a kid's closet, and have needs that will likely change and expand from one year to the next.
The most common materials we see in closet kits are metal and wood, and it’s not uncommon to find them working together in the same closet. Among the benefits to each, you’ll find that wood can be sturdier and looks more decorative and luxurious. Metal is usually the base for modular and adjustable systems, and has also proven to be durable and reliable, too. As for potential downsides, wood systems can often be more expensive and more bulky, so if not carefully designed, you may end up with less storage space than desired. Metal systems typically don’t feel as high-end, and slatted shelving is common, which by design includes gaps.
Consider whether or not you’re settled on the features you want and need in your future closet. If that’s the case, you might be ready for a custom closet that meets those specifications. If you’re not entirely certain of what you need, if you see your needs changing down the road, or if you simply like the idea of experimenting with your setup, then an adjustable system may be right for you. Adjustability can be anything from shelves you can reposition to full modular sections that you can trade out. Parents and caretakers who are looking for kids’ closet sets may want to take a particularly close look at adjustable options.
If you have a sizable shoe collection, consider a closet system with some type of shoe storage, so you don't have to devote floor space or keep them in their boxes. Shira Gill, home organizing expert and author of Minimalista suggests, “Display shoes on open shelving, shoe racks, or cubbies so you can see what you've got.” Lining up pairs also saves you the trouble of searching for a match, and your future self will surely thank you.
Baskets and bins are starting to appear as an included feature in some closet kits, and we’re glad to see it. Some brands, like IKEA, offer pieces that clip right onto shelves, while the Honey-Can-Do Freestyle Open Wardrobe is designed with baskets built right in. We love that this option gives you more security around the edge than shelves, and saves you the trouble of opening and closing drawers. Your loved ones and housemates will appreciate the baskets too, since they can never be accidentally slammed shut first thing in the morning.
Just because you want to hang something in a closet, doesn't mean you have to use traditional hangers. While those are indeed a popular choice, there are other methods worth considering, too. Some of our favorites? Add-on hanging baskets, like those on the IKEA OMAR shelving unit, even S-hooks that you add to rods or to wire shelving. They're perfect for looping scarves, belts, or hats, and for keeping items tidy yet easily accessible.
How do you plan a closet organization system?
The first thing you’ll want to do is go through your wardrobe, and determine what you will be putting in your closet. For example, if you have a surplus of dress shirts, you might want a closet organizer with a two-tier garment rod. Or if you need to store several handbags, a tower unit with shelving in the middle could be the most effective. Perhaps, most importantly, sort out the items you don’t need anymore, so you aren’t paying for space and storage that you’ll eventually stop using.
“Avoid purchasing new organizing products without a clear plan,” notes Gill. “It’s much more efficient to edit and organize your wardrobe first, and then fill in the gaps with items you need such as hangers, bins, and baskets.” Then, take clear measurements of the space you’ll be filling, and write them down or save them to a device you’ll be shopping with. Having these notes written down will make you a more prepared shopper.
How do you measure a walk-in closet for a closet kit?
To measure your walk-in closet for a closet kit, you’ll need a tape measure and potentially a step stool. Start by taking the floor-to-ceiling measurements of the walls. Take your tape measure and fold it so the 1-inch mark is flush with the floor and secure it with your foot (or use the locking feature if your tape measure has it). Then, move your tape measure until you reach the ceiling and record the number.
Now, measure the width of your walls three times at high, middle, and low heights where you want to place your closet kit. If you’re looking for guidance there, Truesdale recommends maximizing the space between your knees and your eyebrows. Record each measurement, but know you’ll be using the smallest of the three.
Using the same method with your tape measure, measure the depth of your closet. Put the 1-inch mark of your tape measure on one wall and extend it until you reach the wall across from it. Do this for each wall and record your measurements. Don’t forget to measure the wing walls, which are the walls on either side of the door. Measure from the side of the wall to the door frame and record your measurement. You'll also want to measure and record the height and width of your door, along with its swing direction. If you have windows or any other items built into the wall, take their measurements and note them as well.
How much should you budget for a closet kit?
At the time of publish, the pre-designed kits we featured ranged in price from $75 to $1,250, with all but one priced under $300. Keep in mind that these prices are typically for the materials only, so you’ll want to weigh in your time and labor (or factor costs of a professional), as well as shipping costs and extra tools or hardware you may not have on hand like supports or fasteners.
Accessories like bins and hangers are also separate costs. Overall, we’ve found that closet kits can be an affordable and efficient way to elevate your closet storage, and are typically far more budget-friendly than custom closets, which can average $1,200 to $20,000 according to Home Depot.
What is a California Closet?
A well-known closet designer and retailer, California Closet offers in-home consulting, custom design, and installation. The Spruce has previously named it the best custom closet option, dubbing California Closets as the “Cadillac of closet design companies.”
Why Trust The Spruce?
Dena Ogden is a lifestyle and commerce writer who’s been writing professionally since 2016, and with The Spruce since August 2022. For this piece, she did thorough research on closet kits currently available at major retailers, and evaluated products based on size, features, material, customization options, and overall value. She spoke with professional organizer Jennifer Truesdale, CPO, and founder of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services about closet organization best practices and what to look for in a closet system.
She also consulted detailed reviews from our product testers, who got their hands on several of the closet kits and tested the installation process, organization options, and additional features. Shira Gill, home organizing expert and author of Minimalista, also contributed insight on standout features in closet kits and planning an organization system.
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