I’ve always dreamed of that perfect Pinterest closet… the kind that just stops you in your tracks. It wasn’t until we moved into our forever home that I could give myself one. I had rented my whole life and then we purchased a starter home that we knew we wouldn’t be staying in for more than a few years. After our last move, I knew I was never moving again! Who else can relate to that feeling?!
I started researching the custom closet companies out there, and I was really unimpressed by the quality of the wood laminate systems and the color selection available. I wanted the real wood look, not a flat or cheap, shiny looking laminate. I used the design your own closet tools from ClosetMaid, Home Decorators, and Martha Stewart. At the time, none of these companies offered anything besides White, Cherry, or Espresso. I also viewed sample pieces of most of these collections at Home Depot, and it did NOT resemble real wood.
I came across California Closets, known as the crème de la crème of closet systems. Below is a review of my experience – I will rate each aspect using a scale of 1= lowest and 5= highest. Be sure to check out the rest of my before and after photos at the end of the post.
DESIGN PROCESS: 5
California Closets boasts a free design consultation on their website so I figured there was no harm in setting up an appointment. I wasn’t able to find any ballpark pricing online so I wanted to at least get a quote. A local design consultant got back to me within 24 hours and our appointment was set for the same week. Bridgette was extremely knowledgeable… I could tell she had been doing this for quite awhile. She was very helpful in creating my desired design, which leading up to this I had no idea what I wanted. There are A LOT of measurement specs to consider and you have to analyze your current & future wardrobe needs. She set up my design in a 3-D CAD drawing which gave me a real visual of what it would look like. This is where I started to fall in love and I knew I had to make it happen.
SALES PRESSURE: 2
Before the appointment concluded, the design consultant did ask if I wanted to move forward. Although my heart already did, I knew I needed to discuss with my husband and sleep on it. I told her I would get back to her within a week, and she was completely respectful about that decision. I was expecting some aggressive sales tactics, but luckily there were no acts of desperation. She followed up by phone one week after the consultation to see if I had made a decision. I decided to move forward, and we finalized my design after some last minute questions. Selection changes were easy and she was transparent on any upgrade costs.
INSTALLATION PROCESS: 4
Once we agreed on the final cost, the wait time for installation was two weeks after I signed the contract. Of course I was ready to go like THE NEXT DAY because I was so excited, but it was a blessing because I needed to take care of a lot of prep work first. As you’ve seen in the before photo, we needed to paint over the pale, light pink walls and trim before the closet system could be installed. I also swapped out the hideous fluorescent light fixture for a new, sparkling, glam one. Clearing the room meant removing all of my clothes. I took that opportunity to sort though everything and donate what I no longer wanted. Total installation time was 4 hours, about a 1/2 day.
I really can’t speak highly enough about the quality of their product. All of the boards have a real wood look with a textured wood grain you expect. In reality, the boards are made of laminated composite which means virtually no maintenance and allows for the variety of finish and texture options. Nothing in this closet system is plastic. The standard drawers come as soft close, with under mount slides that are not visible and can hold more weight. Everything is solid, sturdy construction. Since everything was customizable you chose exactly how you wanted each section set up. All of the shelving comes adjustable and removable as your wardrobe needs may change in the future. The option to add the adorable cupped drawer pulls was the icing on the cake!
A lifetime warranty is provided for as long as you own the home where the system was installed, and as long as the system remains at its installation site. As I mentioned above, this wall-mounted system is sturdy and will never budge, but it is nice to know that if I do have any issues they will fix or replace it at no cost.
My California Closets Total Cost per Square Foot = $72.62 per Square Foot
My California Closets Total Cost per Linear Foot = $110 per Linear Foot
My California Closets Total Cost = $2,640
My Walk-in Closet Dimensions = approximately 6 Ft Length x 6 Ft Width x 8 Ft Height
The prices above were calculated from the final total including materials AND installation. I’m rating the price low because they were more expensive than most closet systems I considered, but you really do get what you pay for. It was higher than I had originally planned to spend, but that’s ALL home renovation projects. I have never had a project come in UNDER budget. Over the past few years of owning this home, the biggest thing I have learned is not to settle for something you don’t really want just because it costs less. SAVE your money, be patient, and wait for a sale – you’ll be so glad you did in the end.
I am thrilled with my new closet! Of course there will always be a larger, fancier closet on Pinterest but this is the best version of the available space I had. I look forward to adding décor and filling the shelves with more clothes and shoes over the years. If you are currently researching custom closet companies, I hope you found the pricing information useful. I know I searched endlessly trying to find ballpark pricing online and I couldn’t find any.
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