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Avoid These 12 Custom Closet System Design Mistakes (Part 2)

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Letting professional contractors install custom closet systems is one of the most fulfilling ways to spend your hard-earned money and create a unique space. It also enables you to enjoy a more efficient and organized storage space. 

While getting caught up in the joys of designing a unique storage unit is easy, you should remember what mistakes to avoid because they can be costly and time-consuming. 

In the first part of our series, we tackled five mistakes you should avoid. This article will enumerate seven more to avoid when designing custom closet systems.

  1. Not Working on Designs Because You Can’t Afford Custom Closets 

It can be disappointing to plan for a dream closet but don’t have enough money to make it happen. It’s also even more frustrating to get an estimate for custom closet systems because companies don’t usually publish pricing information. 

Fortunately, you can get a realistic budget for what you’ll pay without contacting many companies. Consider your dream storage unit’s size, type of system, customization level, and depth of sections and drawers. 

  1. Rummaging through a Field of Clothes

Having a tight closet feels like you’re trying to navigate a dense forest or a cornfield in the autumn. Rummaging through a field of clothes can also be frustrating and inefficient.

You can fix this issue by installing shelves 12 to 14 inches deep to replace the existing hanging clothes. You can also place shoes on the shelves. That way, you can easily access your closet and footwear.

  1. Having a Painted MDF Closet

While a wood or painted medium-density fiberboard (MDF) closet may look nice, it may have potential design mistakes like nicks and scratches and have no adjustment holes. You can address this custom closet system issue by using a laminate closet to get the wood look and adjustability without maintenance.

  1. Designing a New Closet without Drawers

You wouldn’t want your light-sleeper partner to give you a dirty look because you must switch on the light in the morning to find socks and underwear. 

You can break this morning cycle by adding drawers to your walk-in custom closet system. It will help you find your socks, underwear, ties, and other times so you can get dressed without using a dresser. That way, you can prepare for work better in the morning and create a happier home atmosphere. 

  1. Not Checking the 3D Closet Design

It can be confusing to look at the 2D floor plans because they don’t give you a good idea of how a space will look and feel. Custom closet systems are especially tricky to visualize in 2D since you need to know how the clothes will hang and how much walking space you need.

Fortunately, technology lets you get a real sense of your custom closet before purchasing it, thanks to the 3D closet design. It also allows you to visualize the cabinetry’s depth and overall look and determine whether it will be spacious enough. That way, you can spare yourself from instant regret and save money. 

  1. Forgetting How to Use the Wall behind an In-Swing Door

You can fix this embarrassing custom closet system mistake by asking your contractor to adopt a “no-closet-wall-left-behind” design philosophy. You should also consider using a hook board to store hats, scarves, or ties against the wall. 

  1. Not Adding Beauty to Your Custom Closet Systems

As a fabulous homeowner, you should never settle for a dull closet. Create a beautiful, functional custom closet system with a feature wall, drawers, and decorative back wall panels.


No homeowner deserves to get frustrated when designing custom closet systems because of costly mistakes. You can spare yourself from headaches by learning the common mistakes to avoid and working with reputable contractors. 

Mark’s Cabinetry Services offers professional but affordable custom closet systems to homeowners in Tampa. We’re committed to guiding you through choosing the right cabinetry for your room and creating a space you’ll love. Contact us now to get your free quote!