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Compare Closet Systems

My house has became a closet systems showroom. I have installed 4 different brands of closet systems for my closets. Part of it is out of curiosity, try to figure out the different between those closet systems. Part of it is out of necessity, different closet space has different requirements and one size does not fit all.  Here is my review summary for all the closet systems.  I also include the PAX wardrobes IKEA in the comparison for reference.

IKEA PAX wardrobes

Price: $$$$
Install: ***
Look: ***
Review:  This is the first closet system that comes into my mind when I start looking for closets.  Too bad its depth does not fit my closet spaces.

Martha Stewart Living Closet System

Price: $$$
Install: **
Look: ***
Review:  I use this closet system for my master bedroom walk in closet.  It is easy to install but still require a stub finder and a power drill.  It looks nice with the laminate wood finish, but it only comes in one color

Canadian-Tire Extend-it closet kit

Price: $$
Install: *
Look: *
Review:  If you already have the horizontal hanging rod, no tool is required to install the  Extend-it closet system.  The height and width of rods are adjustable and they fit together with clip-on.  However, this closet system is very ugly and looks pretty flimsy.  I regret I had it for my wardrobe in the hallway downstairs.  I am considering replacing it with a different closet later.

Rubbermaid Configurations Closet System

Price: $$
Install: **
Look: **
Review:  Installation requires stud finder, power drill and some 10# screws.  The rail is vertical with slots for adjustable bracket.  Rubbermaid has shelving pieces for the closet system but it is a bit pricey. I used generic brand laminated shelving from home depot and cut it to the right width instead.

DIY from Home Depot parts

Price: $
Install: *
Look: **
Review:  I build this closet from Home Depot DIY parts.  I have to cut the shelving and dowel to the right width and fasten the bracket on to the stub.  Install the DIY closet system is quite some work but it has the lowest price tag.

5 comments to Compare Closet Systems

  • TonyLo

    I used Closet Maid shelving system and the Martha Stewart system.I found that the Martha Stewart system lacking in that the back support track does not have a cover and is sharp, therefore possibly damaging my clothes. It also is missing the luxe features one would expect from Martha Stewart, such as a lockable jewelry drawer. Also the drawers have a space so you have this odd gap on the top drawer in the system. I always considered any martha product to be superior but have to say was disappointed with this series.
    Closet Maid is tried and true, not much on the looks but very functional.

    • The Martha Stewart drawer is well overpriced. I just got one for the fun of it. Actually you only has the gap problem if the piece above your drawer is a non-structural piece (i.e. use screw instead of the stopper), there is a small offside between the using the screw and just sitting on top of the stopper.

      I had closet maid from my old apartment, the biggest problem is they rust. I am not sure the new one fixed this problem or not.

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