Closet Systems: High & Low

Closet Systems: High & Low

Sarah Coffey
Oct 22, 2009

In our experience, nothing helps organize your wardrobe like a closet system. The standard single rod and shelf that comes with most apartments just doesn't cut it. If you're planning your own closet makeover project, we've reviewed some high and low options...

  • 1) Molteni & C: Pretty much everything this Italian company makes is drool-worthy. We've been coveting its 505 system by Luca Meda since we first laid eyes on it, and the rest of their catalog is equally stunning. Beautiful craftsmanship, high prices. Click here for US distributors.
  • 2) California Closets: We've never used them, but a friend of ours had a good experience with this company. They offer free in-home consultations, and closets are custom-made for your space. They're more expensive than an off-the-shelf system, but less than a high-end designer closet.
  • 3) Elfa: 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. In the US, these systems are sold through the Container Store.
  • 4) ClosetMaid: If you're on a tight budget, we recommend this system, which we used in our old apartment. It's not as pretty as some of the other organizers listed here, but it gets the job done and it's sturdy. You can find ClosetMaid systems at HomeDepot and Lowes.
  • 5) IKEA PAX: For Scandinavian style on a budget, IKEA wins again. The PAX system is a reader favorite. It comes in several finishes and, unlike many other IKEA products, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

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