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Having well-organized spaces increases comfort and functionality in the home. The wide range of options available today, however, can make the process feel quite overwhelming. Choosing to work with a professional closet company and a designer can streamline the process and help to ensure you get the best solutions to your home’s needs.
The First Consultation
An experienced organizing consultant will perform an in-home evaluation with the homeowner to make sure the product will be customized to that space and the homeowner’s specific needs. The consultant will take measurements of the area and discuss the best available options. Many professional design consultants will bring laptops, tablets or iPads with design programs that enable the homeowner to see, in that same consultation, how the completed design may look. It’s important to note that companies that control their own design, manufacturing, and installation processes may be able to offer higher-quality custom work/product overall.
Many organization products have a distinctly furniture-like look and feel, and there is a myriad of products and styles from which to choose when making closets and garages neater and more functional. Each product is created for a specific task. Some shelving could be tilted for display purposes or perfectly sized to store boots, etc. A consultant might also suggest overhead storage racks or cabinets with slide out wire baskets. For homeowners with large walk-in closets, custom storage islands – think kitchen island but, well, for your closet – for even more organizational space.
Garages also have specific products available, including large wall cabinets, work benches and slat wall systems. Slat wall, made of PVC, is available in many colors and is designed to store items off the floor by means of a variety of accessories, such as racks, hooks, movable shelving, and bins.
The best organizational options are most often custom made, as homeowners side by side with a consultant to hone in on the design that works best for the specific client needs. Home offices, entertainment centers, pantries, and a variety of kitchen organizers are often available from home organizing contractors in the same variety of finishes and materials.
The Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP) offers three certification levels for members. Contractors can access higher tiers as they gain experience.
Melamine-coated engineered wood is most often used in closet and garage organizing systems. Industrial-strength melamine is expressly manufactured for closet systems and removes many of the potential issues associated with natural wood, such as scratching and warping. Melamine is cost effective, easy to care for, known for its durability, and can also be finished in a variety of colors and styles.