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Closet Construction: Off the Floor vs. Floor-Mounted

When it comes to closet design, small details can make a big impact. Off-the-floor and floor-mounted closets are two different ways to design a closet. In this post, we'll explore the differences between these two options, helping you make an informed choice that aligns with your vision, budget, and goals for your closet.

Andrea Litsch closet designer closet contractions floor vs off the floor

Off-the-Floor Closets

An off-the-floor closet, as the name suggests, is elevated above the ground, creating a floating effect.

floating closet



The closet has less material, and therefore the cost will be less than if the system sits on the floor. This closet style is great for secondary closets (kids, guests, offices, etc.) and aligning on pricing if you are over budget. In my opinion, it would be better to consider floating your closet and keeping the needed accessories, like belt racks, drawers, laundry hampers, etc., than removing functional accessories to keep the floor-mounted look.

off the floor closet

The ease of cleaning:

With no floor contact, it's simpler to maintain a dust-free environment with your vacuum, mop, etc.

guest bedroom closet

The ease of replacing flooring in future:

If you know you want to replace the flooring in the closet at a later date, if the closet is floating, it is easy to do so. With a floor-mounted system, you will have to cut around the closet base and butt new flooring up to the closet.

floating closet with lighting

Space Availability:

If you have a closet with a low ceiling height or a reach-in closet with a low door height, floating the closet might give a needed few extra inches of hanging space.

kids closet off the floor

Creative Freedom + Preference:

Off-the-floor closets give room for the space beneath the closet to be used for extra storage of bulky items. In a guest closet, this could mean suitcases, a safe, golf clubs, or storage tubs.

guest room closet with safe

floating closet with safe

Floor-Mounted Closets

A floor-mounted closet is a type of closet system that has a base that directly rests on the floor surface.

floor mounted dark wood closet


Stability: Floor-mounted closets are the better option for heavier storage needs.

two tone walk in closet

Built in look: Floor-mounted closets are sometimes preferred as they have a more built-in look and maximize the space from floor to ceiling.

built in closet look

Ample Storage: Maximizing space from floor to ceiling with a thoughtful design means you are adding in the extra shelving or hanging needed.

floor mounted max space

If you are having a hard time deciding between the two options, a third option is to go hybrid! A hybrid closet is when part is floor-mounted (usually the drawers and shelving) and part is off the floor (usually the hanging).

hybrid closet

hybrid closet white with oil rubbed bronze

hybrid style primary bedroom closet

floor mounted drawers and shelving with off the floor hanging

Whether you're aiming for a contemporary or timeless look, both off-the-floor and floor-mounted closets offer unique benefits that can enhance the organization and visual appeal of your space. The decision between off-the-floor and floor-mounted closets ultimately comes down to your personal preferences, budget, and the specific needs of your space.

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Andrea Litsch Dallas based closet designer


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