You may have realized that you are ready to make the leap and put custom closets in your walk-in master bedroom closets, your kids’ closets, or maybe even in your hallway closets. You have a lot of options: You can hire a professional, buy a “custom closet in a box” from a home improvement store, or try to build your own system. There is no one correct answer; what’s best for you and your home depends on your budget, your available space, how much time and skill you have, and many other factors, as well. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you make the decision between professional and do-it-yourself custom closets:

  • Price
  • One of the main reasons that homeowners consider designing or building their own custom closets is the cost. It can be less expensive to start with raw materials, or even to purchase a pre-made system, than it is to have custom closets designed and installed by a professional closet company. One thing that you can do to make a well-educated decision is to find out how much custom closets cost, and also to price out the raw materials or pre-made systems. Remember that you can often get better-quality materials at great prices from a professional, because a company buys in bulk and can get better deals. Talking to your custom closet professional will give you a good idea of how much it would cost to create a system with all of the features you need, and most closet companies do offer a free, in-home consultation.

  • Perfect Fit
  • If you are going to invest money in a home improvement project, it’s important that it does everything that you want it to do. One of the most important features of a custom closet is that it fits your space perfectly. If you were to put up a system that did not fit right, you might experience buckling and breakage. You would also likely lose items behind the system because there might be gaps between the shelving and the walls. When you buy a closet system from a big-box store, you are taking the chance that there won’t be anything available that will fit your space precisely. A custom closet company, on the other hand, will measure everything carefully and design a system that fits your space.

  • Matching Your Style
  • Custom closets are very personal and individualized. What you need in your closet is not the same as what your next door neighbor or your best friend needs in hers. If you are building your own custom closet, you will want to be sure that you know what you plan to store where, and how many of which types of accessories you want to include. A professional company does this work for you; your designer will ask you questions about your lifestyle, and will design a customized system that will work for you and your belongings. You’ll also have a variety of finishes to choose from, so your closet will complement your decorating style, too!

The decision between designing, building and installing your own closet system, having a professional do it for you, or buying a pre-made system off of a shelf can be a complex one. Make sure that you keep all of the above considerations in mind, and don’t be afraid to call your professional closet company for a free consultation. You’re under no obligation to buy anything, and you’ll be able to have all of your questions answered to help you make the right choice.