Customizing Your Perfect Closet

Posted at 5:30 AM, Mar 17, 2015
and last updated 2016-07-04 12:02:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- They used to be reserved for houses of the rich and famous, but customized closets are one of the hot-ticket items for remodelers this year. Experts say these high-end spaces do more than keep you fashion forward, they may even pay you back. Here's more in this Angie's List report.

We've all thought about what our "dream home" would look like, but what about your dream closet?

"For 2015, luxury closets are becoming one of the hot topics, so if you can put some money into your closet, as far as some upgrades, even basic ones, you're probably going to see that come back in a return on investment down the road when you're selling your house," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

A custom closet could cost you $3,500 or more, but there are less expensive alternatives - even some do-it-yourself options - to give your closet a magical make-over.

"Design is really what's going to drive price, and the client has control of all of that. A lot of times I'll do a good/better/best option where I'll design the same space three different ways and let them navigate and figure out which one fits them the best," said Jennifer Phelan of California Closets.

If you work with an experienced professional, expect to pay an hourly rate of $55 to $85. If you choose the DIY route, do your research and know what you want to accomplish.

Experts say one common upgrade is to place hanging rods at two different levels to maximize your hanging space. Adding cubbies and shelves will help organize your shoes and accessories.

"If you have double-hanging, you want to hang your pants at the top and your shirts at the bottom. It's kind of the reverse of the way you dress. Another feature would be to put your shoes at eye level. Don't put them on the floor or underneath things, kick them around. They're going to get damaged that way," said Phelan.

At the far end of the spectrum, custom closets can include furniture and fixtures, mirrors, benches and other features that mimic an upscale boutique. But for most of us, a better arrangement that gives us more space will make our closet make-over a huge success.

If you're upgrading on your own, don't forget about the lighting, which can add a whole new feel to the room and help you fully appreciate your newly remodeled space.

Remember you can catch the latest Angie's List report every Tuesday morning on WTXL Sunrise.