How to Have a Custom Closet Design Without the Hefty Price Tag — Really!

published Aug 31, 2023
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Rubbermaid HomeFree series 4-ft to 8-ft x 12-in White Wire Closet Kit in closet in gray room
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Custom closet systems like Jenna Lyons’ floor-to-ceiling shoe shelving are fun in a vicarious sort of way, but most people make do with a single rod and high shelf, with maybe a plastic three-drawer bin thrown into the mix. A closet renovation with customized built-in shelving isn’t realistic for renters and isn’t affordable for many homeowners, but it turns out you can have a personalized closet without hiring a contractor or watching hours of DIY TikToks, thanks to the Rubbermaid Configurations Deluxe Closet Kit.

Quick Overview

A Quick Look at Rubbermaid Configurations Deluxe Closet Kit

  • All-in-one closet kit
  • Budget-friendly
  • Requires minimal tools for installation
  • Countless accessories and configurations
  • Fits any walk-in or reach-in closet with at least one wall 4 to 8 feet wide

Rubbermaid’s best-selling closet kit won best Budget Closet System in the Bedroom & Closet category of Apartment Therapy’s 2023 Organization Awards for its infinitely customizable design and low price — proving you can have that customizable closet, even on a budget. 

The closet kit comes with everything you need to mount the system, and the only tool required is a drill. For best results, edit your wardrobe first to get a sense of how much space you need for hanging and folding items. The system for closets 4 to 8 feet wide includes seven 26-inch shelves and two 48-inch shelves, plus telescoping hanging rods that can be adjusted to exactly the length needed for the space. 

The epoxy-finished metal shelving is basically maintenance-free, and won’t collect as much dust as a pricier wooden system. If your wardrobe changes, it’s easy to reconfigure the design of the Rubbermaid system to make space for all those new fall sweaters and boots. 

Even tiny apartment closets can be reimagined with this system; Rubbermaid offers a smaller kit for closets 3 to 6 feet wide. You can also invest in accessories such as a sliding basket, angled shoe shelf, and sliding pants rack, to create a system unique to your wardrobe.

A custom system doesn’t have to be exorbitantly expensive, and you don’t have to empty your savings account to have a closet designed especially for your needs. For less than $200 and a few hours of your time, you can have the customized closet you’ve been ogling on social media.

Want to see more award-winning organizers? Explore our 2023 Organization Awards for our top picks.