Customer Closet Cost Guide
The price of your custom closet experience will differ based on the particular service you are requesting and the company that you hire to do the work. Overall, here are the average costs:
In general, the range of prices starts at approximately $1,000 for basic systems to close to $50,000 for lavish rooms with extensive islands and cabinets. However, the national average is between $2,500 to $5,000.
Some designers will charge per square foot. The average cost that homeowners will pay is between $15 to $30 per sq. foot.
As for labor costs, the typical cost is $60-$90 per hour.
You may also get a different price based on the type of closet or organization system you have installed:
Walk-in closet: $2,500-$5,000
Reach-in closet: $500-$2,500
Standalone wardrobe: $1,000-$3,000
Built-in wardrobe: $1000-$5,000
Additional closet accessories:
Shoe racks: $700-$2,500
Jewelry cabinets: $150-$500
Wall or standing mirror: $100-$300
Closet seating/furniture: $500-$1,500
Customer lighting: $50-$2,000
Paint the room: $2-$6 per square foot
Install new door: $400-$1,100
Tips For Hiring A Custom Closet Company
Here are some considerations and tips that you should take before hiring a closet company:
Get Several Estimates If Necessary
Any reputable custom closet company will first come to your house to speak to you to determine what you are looking for in your ideal closet. They will also come over to measure the space, see what changes are realistic, and provide you with a detailed proposal that describes what they can do to make your desires a reality. They will also give you an estimate for the cost of your project. Make sure to learn about the cost of materials and labor and get the estimate in writing.
Remember that until you sign paperwork, you are not obliged to go with a particular closet company if you are not confident that they can deliver what you need or you cannot afford the price estimate that they provide. If you cannot, then go back to our list of highly-qualified professionals and get a second opinion from other companies until you are completely satisfied.
Ask Questions During The Estimate
In order to completely understand what the process involves and how the closet company can help you achieve your wardrobe dreams, you will need to ensure that you ask enough questions. Certain questions that you will definitely want to ask include:
- What is the total cost?
- How long will the project take?
- What type of materials do you use? Particleboard or industrial grade?
- What finishes do you offer?
- What accessories do you offer, and how much do they cost?
- What do I need to do to prepare?
- How are your drawers and shelves constructed?
- How long has your company been in business?
- Where is your manufacturing company located?
- What kind of support do you offer down the line?
- What if my needs change? Can I modify my plan?
Make sure you ask every question you have on your mind. If the company representative does not give you a straight answer, then you may want to inquire with a different company.
Make Sure They Are Licensed, Registered, And Insured
Even if you have your questions answered, you will still want to verify that this closet company is legally able to do work in your state and that they can cover themselves in the case of an incident or botched project.
First, ask if they are licensed, and don’t be afraid to ask for documented proof. It is important to find out because an unlicensed company may still act as if they are licensed and then under deliver and overcharge. If that happens, it can be close to impossible to get your money back.
You also want the company to be insured in the case that they damage your home during your closet project or they are injured while working in your house. It is good to find out so you can have peace of mind.
Ask About A Guarantee
You may believe that a closet is just a stationary room and that not much can go wrong, but there are issues that can happen down the road, including broken hinges, warped shelves, and delaminated doors. That is why it is important that you ask the company if they provide a guarantee. If they do, ask about the warranty period and how you can reach out to the company if you need to make a claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are commonly asked questions that folks have before hiring a custom closet company:
How Long Will The Installation Take?
The length of time that your closet installation will take does depend on the scope of your project. Typically, the time it takes from the first estimate to the final product is about 4-5 weeks. You won’t have them in your home working all of that time. Instead, the closet company rep will return to their office after the estimate to look at the options and give you the final price. The actual installation of the closet can take a single day to a couple of weeks.
Can’t I Just Redo My Own Closet?
Many people who want to change their closet and believe that they have some construction skills may think that they can just buy the hardware at the store and do the project themselves. If you are making very minor adjustments, then that may be possible, but if you are doing an extensive remodel, then it is wise to hire a professional.
There are several reasons. For one, these companies have years of experience, so they know exactly what your project needs without having to do a lot of guesswork. Also, their experience helps them to understand the best materials to use for your particular needs.
Hiring a professional can also save you a lot of time and effort. If you don’t know what you are doing, then a one-day project can go on for weeks or months. In addition to being efficient, a professional is also less likely to make the one wrong measurement that can lead to unlevel shelves, cabinets that don’t close, and other issues.
What Should I Do To Prepare For The Installation/Customization
Once you have agreed to an estimated cost and you have a date set for when the company will come in to do the actual installation, then there are some things that you can do to prepare.
First, take the time in the days before the installation to remove all clothes, shoes, belts, hats, jewelry, and various boxes from your current closet. Your installer will need to have a completely clean space so they can do their work easily and without distraction. If you need to paint any walls and you are not paying the professional to do it, then you will want to take care of that before the closet is installed and painting becomes impossible.
If you have children, then it is a good idea to schedule your closet installation when they are in school so you can keep them safe from the construction. If you can’t, then schedule a play date so they can be out of the house. Also, if you have pets, then keep them in another room, so they don’t get hurt or distract the designer.
Take these precautions, hire the best company, and your custom closet project will be a success.