what not to do when designing a closet
At the root of designing a custom closet you are creating a space to properly fit your inventory. You can keep it straightforward and functional or add all the bells and whistles, but the bottom line is that you want to create the right design for your stuff so getting ready in the morning will be easy & effortless.
5 tips on what not to do when designing a closet:
Going with a builder's grade: When you enlist the help of a reputable custom closet company/designer you are getting a professional that is trained in closet design, things to look out for, and proper attention to detail around your inventory so the layout created meets your needs and items are easy to access. You are also getting materials that are durable, stand the test of time, and are best for closet construction.
Having no budget in mind: You might not know what the cost of a custom closet is, but you can get an idea of the range that you are comfortable spending. Giving your designer guidance means they will show you the options within your budget. You are not going to be shown all the bells & whistles if you want super budget friendly On the flip side, if you want lighting, leather drawer fronts, etc., you need to be upfront and say that your budget is X but that you are willing to go higher to get what I want. It is a very important, transparent conversation that needs to happen so you end up with what you want. Here is a blog post discussing closet levels.
Not being involved with the closet design: Your designer will create a well-thought-out closet layout based on your wardrobe inventory, with the goal of optimizing storage, enhancing organization, and blending the desired aesthetic. If you give no input on what you like—such as a symmetrical vs. asymmetrical layout or open vs. closed doors—the designer cannot create a design that meets the needs you are looking for.
Leaving out accessories: Adding functional accessories such as drawer dividers, laundry hampers, hooks, pull-out valet/belt/tie/scarf racks, wall organizers, acrylic accessories, and lighting will enhance the usability and aesthetics of your custom closet. Creating the layout is a great start, but the accessories are what make it functional and easy to use. Click here for some closet accessory recommendations.
Taking a closet designer's designs and using them elsewhere: Selecting the right materials, finishes, and hardware that match your aesthetic preferences and budget requirements takes time. The more complex the design, the more time is needed. Taking a designer's designs to price shop or giving them to a builder is wrong. Getting multiple quotes is a normal part of the process!! But let each company show you what they can do, or you can guide them. But do not pass along a complimentary design to replicate.
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