A Guide to Closet Remodels

Remodeling a closet can be a great way to get organized while getting rid of clutter. Fortunately, there are affordable systems—and no matter what closet remodel ideas you have, two broad options: •   Remodels that use the current closet space •   Remodels that would expand the space If just thinking about your closet is triggering, […]

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Remodeling a closet can be a great way to get organized while getting rid of clutter. Fortunately, there are affordable systems—and no matter what closet remodel ideas you have, two broad options:

•   Remodels that use the current closet space
•   Remodels that would expand the space

If just thinking about your closet is triggering, if it’s a dark and chaotic wasteland, if it holds stuff from the Paleozoic Era, imagine the inviting space that could be your closet, with everything in order: casual and dress clothes, designer and sensible shoes, belts, bags, and sports equipment or jewelry.

Size Up What’s There

Step One is to have the right tools to accurately measure the size of the closet and, if desired, see what potential extra space exists.

Closets.com recommends the following tools:

•   Measuring tool: This can be a 25-foot flat tape measure or, if preferred and needed, an electronic measuring tool. The latter can measure longer walls.
•   Acrylic square finders (two): With these, verify whether closet corners are actually square.
•   Angle finders for closets with slanted ceilings: This allows the angle of the roofline to be properly measured.
•   Paper: Record all numbers; graph paper can be especially helpful when sketching out measurements and closet remodel ideas.

Here are measuring tips:

•   When doing a hard measurement, round down by the nearest quarter of an inch.
•   When doing soft measurements, round down to the nearest whole number.
•   Measure walls in three places and use the smallest of these measurements: near the top, in the middle, near the bottom.
•   Measure from top to bottom.
•   Check inside corners.
•   Check the angle of pitch for any sloped ceilings.
•   Note and measure any obstacles, which can include light fixtures and switches, trim, and vents.

An interior designer interviewed by GQ suggests that before buying anything for your closet remodel, it’s best to strip out what’s currently in there.

Next, before deciding what clothing rods, drawers, and cubbyholes might be needed, be crystal clear about what will be stored in the closet after the remodel. Some people may have lots of dress suits; others, a plethora of shoes. Still others may have a significant quantity of both.

How many T-shirts? Sweaters? Armed with this knowledge, it can be easier to come up with closet remodel ideas.

Consider Features You’d Like

Houzz.com lists popular features for closets today, and they include the following.

Get Lit

master suite closet might cost $2,000, according to HomeAdvisor.com.

The materials used, organization elements included, permits, and whether a wardrobe is added affect the pricing.

value of a home. For example, the addition of a master bedroom (which would naturally contain a closet or two) can have 58.5% of its costs recouped for a mid-range addition (average total cost of $136,739) or a 51.6% of costs recouped on an upscale addition (average total cost of $282,062).

If you’re looking to sell a home, a custom closet design may be of more value to a buyer than an off-the-shelf closet organizing product.

The Takeaway

A closet remodel can range from practical to astounding, suitable to luxe. Take measure of exactly what you want—first deciding whether to expand the space or enhance what you have—and then carve out a budget for that vision.

It could make sense to finance the home improvement project. With an unsecured personal loan from SoFi, you can count on no fees. And you can lock in a fixed rate, unlike a home equity line of credit.

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