If you’ve ever feuded with a spouse over hanger space or drawers or turned your house upside down trying to find the summer clothes you stashed last fall, you might be a prime candidate for a closet conversion.
Turning a spare room into a walk-in closet is not a huge task, and it can reap instant rewards. You want all your stuff in one place. Hiring a custom closet company in Doylestown can help you by asking your needs, measure your space and install a spacious walk-in closet in what was once a spare bedroom, nursery or that home gym you swore you’d use but never did.
Project: Turning a spare room into a walk-in closet.
Why: If your current closet is too small or poorly organized, or your clothes are distributed all around the house, a closet conversion could be just the ticket.
Things to consider: Almost any space can be turned into a closet, although the task will be easier if the room is a standard rectangle or square. While windows can provide welcome illumination and ventilation, too much sun can fade clothes, and too many windows can reduce the amount of wall space available.
Closet systems fall into two basic types. Wall mounted and floor mounted. Wall mounted closets are affixed directly to the wall or hung from a rail mounted onto the wall. Floor mounted closets are attached to the wall as well but get most of their support from the floor. For this reason, they tend to look more like built-in cabinetry.
Which system you choose will depend on two factors: looks and budget. Wall mounted systems are usually less costly and floor mounted usually more expensive but are more durable and made to last.
Who to hire: It’s possible to design and install a walk-in closet yourself — especially if you’re utilizing a coated-wire or simple melamine system from a big-box store. If you don’t have the time or don’t trust your skills, an independent contractor could do the work as well. If you’re more concerned about maximizing space or making the results look good, consider hiring an expert. An experienced closet designer knows how to get the most out of a space. If you are uncertain about what you need and how much it will cost, get a free consultation from a professional.
Project length: If you’re tackling the project yourself, the time it takes will depend on your skills and the complexity of the job. For a professionally installed closet, allow four to six weeks from conception to completion — although custom jobs can take longer.
Cost: Varies with the size, quality, and complexity of the closet conversion and the region in which you live. As with most things these days, the sky’s really the limit.