How to Choose a Closet System

Wire, Elfa, Home Depot, Lowes, CLoset Maid & Rubbermaid Closet Organizers

Closet systems have flooded the market in the past few years. From wire to wood to hanging shelves, each closet organizer offers it's own unique approach to getting your wardrobe organized. Below I go through each organization system on the market, and offer advice on who should choose each system.

  • 01 of 07

    If You Like Luxury: California Closets System

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    Shoes Storage from California Closets. California Closets

    California Closets provides customer closet solutions--including walk-in closets--for any sized space. They are pros at maximizing wall space, corners, or under bed storage.

    Here's how it works: California Closets will send a specialist to your home to work with you on your closet design. They will help you assess: how much space you need, the best way to organize different elements, and quote you on pricing.

    Bonus: Check out these drool-worthy...MORE walk-in closets from California Closets

    Then a closet specialist will come to your home and install the closet for you. This personal attention and customized experienced mean you'll end up with a closet that perfectly suits your wardrobe and your home. But keep in mind this kind of luxury will cost you! 

  • 02 of 07

    If You Like to Mix and Match: The DIY Closet System

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    This is by far the most flexible system because you can pick and choose which closet organizers you need rather than hoping your wardrobe will fit into an entire system.

    It's very rare that you'll find the perfect closet solution without DIY'ing a bit. That's because wardrobes are vastly different and yours may change over time. 

  • 03 of 07

    If You're a Commitment-Phobe: Free Standing Elfa Closet System

    The Elfa Closet Organization System
    The Elfa Closet Organization System features adjustable, coordinating drawers, hanging rods and shelving. Photo / The Container Store

    Each piece of the Elfa Closet System is sturdy, strong, and comes in distinct styles and colors to match with your decor. It's a great option for renters because Elfa can be installed in either a closet or free-standing on a wall. The system features adjustable, coordinating drawers, hanging rods and shelving and is sold exclusively through the Container Store.

    The other key feature of the Elfa closet system is that it's easy to install yourself, OR, you can buy it installed. Here's...MORE what I mean: when you buy the system, you have an option to buy the parts and instructions so that you can install it yourself, or you can buy it and have someone from The Container Store install it for you. 

    Finally, Elfa is great for spaces when you need to store your clothing without a closet. The system can be installed on flat walls, around corners and in reach-in closets of any size. 

  • 04 of 07

    If You're on a Budget: The Easy Track Closet System

    Easy Track Closet System by Easy Track
    Easy Track Closet System by Easy Track. Photo / Easy Track Closet System

    This is the budget option for a person interested in purchasing a matching system to store clothes and shoes. It's SUPER easy to install and gets rave reviews on Amazon. it's not as chic looking as say, California Closets, but it gets the job done in either a walk-in closet, a traditional reach-in closet or straight on a wall. 

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  • 05 of 07

    If You Like Lots of Customization: Rubbermaid Closet System

    Rubbermaid Closet Organizer
    The Rubbermaid Closet Organizer is a DIY system to quickly organize your clothes closet. Photo / Rubbermaid

    The Rubbermaid closet organizer is a simple, DIY system for designing a closet to fit your unique wardrobe. There is no cutting wood or shelving, the configuration is adjustable to the size of your closet.

  • 06 of 07

    If You Like to Mix and Match Storage Elements: Closetmaid Closet System

    Closetmaid Closet Organizer
    The Closetmaid closet organizer system is adjustable both vertically and horizontally. Photo / Closetmaid

    The Closetmaid closet organizer is made of wire and features a wide array of customizable options like valet hooks, over-the-door storage and adjustable shelving.

    This means you can customize your closet to fit all of your accessories so they're easy to reach. 

  • 07 of 07

    If You Like a Professional Finish: Wall Mounted Elfa Reach-In Closet System

    Wall Mounted Elfa Reach-In Closet Platinum
    Wall Mounted Elfa Reach-In Closet Platinum. Photo / The Container Store

    The great thing about the Elfa closet systems is that you can choose the wood finish to match your room, and The Container Store offers the option of planning a custom closet on-site at their stores, online or over the phone.

    A professionally installed Elfa closet is half way between a luxury experience of California Closets and a basic, DIY unit. You work with a closet specialist form The Container Store, the pieces are shipped to you, and a...MORE professional Elfa installer installs the closet for you. This means you don't have to lift a finger to get your custom closet, but you will need to remove any rods or shelving in your current closet on your own.