Best Closet Systems

Best Closet Systems

Sarah Coffey
Jan 3, 2011
Elfa Closet System at the Container Store

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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