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Closet Organization Prices: The Value of Tidying Up

5 minute read, by Closet America, on Dec 10, 2019

How much does it cost to renovate a closet? Here, we take a closer look at closet organizer costs and the value you get for DIY or contract work vs. professional design and installation.

“Time is money,” as our American friend Benjamin Franklin used to say. We spin our wheels often when we try to bite off more than we can chew with a DIY project. Organizing closets, for instance, takes time and energy, as well as money.

The cost of DIY and out-of-the-box organizers and solutions can range anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars—and that’s not including tools for installation, time and money for classes and/or prep work, and figuring out the many steps of assembling various kits.

On the other hand, for a comparable amount, custom designers can provide a full implementation of a tidy, custom-designed closet without the days and weeks of work and the learning curve involved.

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We’ll discuss the value of tidying up and the closet organization prices for each category of closet organization, from DIY and out-of-the-box solutions to custom closet design and implementation. We’ll also share the value of time and money as you face the process of closet organization—whether you do it yourself or hire a custom closet manufacturer to do the job for you.

Evaluating Average Closet Organization Prices and Value

When looking at average closet organization prices, many people’s gut reaction is to take a do-it-yourself approach to save some money.

This strategy can work well for handy people who are able to select the best wood grades, tools, and supplies—people who know before even getting started exactly what it will take to get the job done successfully, and are confident that they have the skills (and own or can buy the tools) they’ll need to do so.

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Do It Yourself Projects

If you’re ready to DIY your closet remodel, there are about 18 basic tools you’ll need to build your project. These tools will cost you between $20 and $200 each, and depending on the extent of your closet floor plan—and if you need to buy five or more new tools, the cost begins to add up quickly. Table saws for cutting your own shelving, for example, can cost anywhere between $200 and $4,000.

Well, how much does it cost to build a small closet? While the kits themselves may be reasonable—between $150-$600 for a small closet—you may find the time involved with construction to be overwhelming.

Those who are less into construction may prefer an out-of-the-box solution. However, it’s important to note that these are often sold without any guarantees—meaning if something goes haywire during your installation, you’re on your own.

Given the difficulty of installation and the lack of expert support, an out-of-the-box model could end up costing you more in the long run than the average price of a custom closet solution—especially one that includes installation and a solid warranty.

Custom Closet Implementation

While a custom closet solution and implementation may cost you more upfront than DIY or out-of-the-box solutions, you are getting a full system that is professionally designed and installed, along with lifetime guaranteed materials for the life of your home and beyond—and still at a manageable price. Better yet, you’ll actually be adding value to your home, which could come in very handy should you choose to sell or rent it out someday.

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How Much Does a Closet Cost?

While the cost to build a walk-in closet, a small closet, or the cost of a renovation will inevitably vary based on a number of factors—including the size of your closet, the state of your closet (whether any repairs to the walls or new flooring is needed), the scope of your project, and more—the estimates below are based on the average costs of remodeling typically sized reach-in and walk-in closets, just to give you a ballpark idea of what you can expect with each approach. These estimates do not take into account unusual circumstances such as unique floor plans (slanted ceilings, unusual room shapes, et cetera) or unhappy accidents that may occur during installation. These can further increase the cost of your new closet if you choose a DIY closet installation or an option that does not come with a warranty that covers those damages.


Closet System Type

Upfront Costs

Potential Extra Costs

Time Involved

What’s Included?

Do-It-Yourself (Including Out-of-the-Box Solutions)

$200-$3,000. Plus, tools range in price from a $20 wrench to a $4,000 table saw, meaning your total upfront cost could easily ratchet up to $7,000 or more.

Particle board, a commonly used material for this type of closet system, breaks down easily and typically need to be replaced every 5-7 years. Each replacement could cost as much as an extra $225-$900 for a small closet and between $3,000-$4,500 for cheap material DIY kits.

1-2 Weeks

Particle board-based products, non-solid wood alternatives, or vinyl-coated wire, often with a limited warranty (or none whatsoever).

Hiring Your Own Labor and Contractor

$4,000-$6,500. That’s $1,700 for labor ($300-$500 per day for the primary contractor and $150-$250 per day for one labor helper), plus the cost of materials.

If the project takes more than 3 days for labor, you’ll be tacking on an average of $300-500 extra for each additional day.

3 Days to 2 Weeks

Construction and installation. You won’t have to buy tools, but the cost of materials will vary depending on your personal choice and what the contractor recommends.

Working With a Custom Closet Organizer

$2,000-$6,000, on average. The best closet design companies include installation in this cost along with the cost of materials, construction, and expert design.

Because everything, including materials, labor, installation, et cetera, should be covered in the upfront cost, there are no surprise last-minute costs here. Plus, the right warranty can protect you from paying extra for repairs or replacement features down the road.

1-2 Days

Professional design, durable materials, construction, installed with a precise fit by experienced closet designers, and a lifetime guarantee.


When you are considering the average cost to install a custom closet, it’s helpful to take into account the value of tidying up with a custom solution that will not only save you time and effort but also offer you a double lifetime guarantee that it will last.

The Value of Tidying Up with a Custom Solution

Indeed, time truly is money when you are trying to juggle managing your home, family, business, and a custom closet project all at once. When you create a DIY closet from scratch, you never know how much time it will take away from your family or business. Even out-of-the-box solutions are not always complete. You often have to buy multiple kits to get everything accomplished, and you never know what might go wrong.

A professionally-designed custom closet system, on the other hand, offers a streamlined and stylish solution to your storage woes. While it may cost more upfront (depending on the scope of your project), the value a custom approach offers in terms of time, stress, and durability is ultimately priceless. And the closet you end up with will be one you and your family will be able to happily enjoy for many years to come—we guarantee it.

Still not sure if custom design is right for you? Contact us at your leisure to learn more about our top-of-the-line closet solutions. Or, if you’re ready to get started, go ahead and schedule a free design consultation today!

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Closet America was able to work with my unique circumstances in order to give me the best use of my space.

Amy B.,
Fairfax Station, VA

Let’s Start Your Project

Whether you’re interested in a custom-designed closet, office, pantry, or garage, starting your project couldn’t be easier. Just fill out the attached form or give us a call to schedule your free in-home design consultation. You can download our brochure and you’re welcome to visit our Landover Maryland showroom, to see how beautiful our custom-designed organization systems look in person. We want you to experience the Closet America difference and see how we build organizing solutions for life.