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Custom closets vs. off-the-shelf closets: Which is better for your home?

3 minute read, by Closet America, on Jul 13, 2023

If you are looking to transform your closet system, you may be considering a custom closet or an off-the-shelf design. Making changes to your closet can help transform your space into one that helps you stay organized, significantly simplifies the process of putting things away, maximizes your storage space, and helps create a functional space for your needs. Keep reading to discover the difference between custom closets vs. off-the-shelf closets and what is the better option for your home.

Off-the-shelf closets


Convenience: The convenience and seemingly quick installation process of an off-the-shelf closet makes them seem like an easy choice. However, with limited customization, you may struggle to make these fit perfectly in your space.

Price: Off-the-shelf closets are one of the cheaper options available for your closet. Because they are made with lightweight materials that are less durable than custom designs, you may need to replace them from time to time.


Quality: Off-the-shelf closets are typically made with materials that are not as durable as other options. These designs are made with the convenience of setup in mind, so they are made with lightweight materials that don’t always stand the test of time.

Lack of Customization: Store-bought closet designs tend to have very limited customization. They are typically made with pre-made designs that can’t be altered.

Off-the-shelf closet systems lack character: Many of these models are very basic and lack the ability to create a space that makes it feel like your own.

Custom Designs


Quality: Custom closets made by Closet America are made with high-quality materials that are built to last. Each one of our closets is backed by a lifetime guarantee to ensure peace of mind that your closet is built with expert craftsmanship and quality materials.

Value: Custom closets bring lasting value to your home. While they will cost more than off-the-shelf designs, they are built to last and will continue to provide lasting value for a lifetime of use.

Enjoyment: When you work with an expert from Closet America, your closet becomes more than just a storage space. Starting your day in your custom-built closet will help you start your day on the right foot, and this space will become one you actually enjoy spending time in.

Maximizing your storage space: A custom organization system that is tailored to your unique needs helps create a closet where your usable space is maximized. You will be able to fit more in your closet without it becoming over-cluttered.

Improved Organization: When you create a custom space with our team, we work with you to make sure everything has a place in your closet. This helps keep organization simple and keep your closet clean.


Cost: Depending on the design and accessories you choose, this can be more of an investment than a prefabricated design. However, in the long term, a custom design helps add value to your home, and our lifetime warranty ensures your closet is built tough.

You May Want to Fill it Up with Additional Clothing and Accessories: Because you can store more in your closet, you may be tempted to add more items to your wardrobe to fill any empty space.

Future Changes: In the future, when your lifestyle is at a different stage, you may need alterations depending on your needs at that time. Closet America is always happy to make changes or alterations in the future if your closet needs change.

The design experts here at Closet America are excited to help you bring your custom closets to life. Schedule your consultation today and discover how our team can help transform your closet into the favorite space in your home.

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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.