Best Closet Systems

Shopper's Guide

One of the projects on my New Year's list involves finally organizing my messy closet. I figured others might be in the same boat, so I pulled together this list of 10 good organizational systems, from aspirational to budget-conscious. Add your recommendations in the comments below!

HIGH-END SYSTEMS ($$$)

  • Molteni & C: You can expect beautiful craftsmanship, high prices, and drool-worthy custom spaces from this Italian company.
  • Poliform: This is another Italian closet company that makes covetable, expensive custom systems.
  • LAGO: Not sure why, but Italians seem to have the market cornered on great closet design. This is a young company, based in Milan, with a strong European presence but no US distribution yet. Their closets are a series of slick modular panels that hide everything along a wall of storage.


MID-RANGE SYSTEMS ($$)

  • California Closets: They offer free in-home consultations, and closets are custom-made for your space. More expensive than an off-the-shelf system, but less than a high-end designer closet.
  • Elfa at the Container Store: This mid-range Swedish system is flexible, easy to customize, and sturdy. It's a consistent favorite on Apartment Therapy for its affordability and off-the-shelf accessibility.
  • Easy Closets: A semi-custom reach-in closet starts around $300 here, significantly less than California Closets.
  • Astech Closet System: They only work in Manhattan and New Jersey, but they're well-known for quality customer service at an affordable price.


BUDGET SYSTEMS ($)

  • ClosetMaid: These no-frills systems, which are available for under $300 at HomeDepot and Lowes, are sturdy and affordable.
  • Rubbermaid: These wire-frame shelves aren't the prettiest options on the market, but they do the trick and start under $200.

  • IKEA PAX: A reader favorite, the PAX system comes in several finishes and, unlike many other IKEA products, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

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