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Preparing for Thanksgiving with a Custom Designed Pantry Storage System


A well-stocked and well-organized pantry is the key to Thanksgiving dinner success. Unfortunately, the pantry is often one of the messiest spaces in the home. This is because most pantries are not designed with organizational systems and features to control the clutter that naturally develops over time. This Thanksgiving prepare yourself with a custom pantry storage system that will help keep you and your family organized now and for years to come.

pantry shelving system  
With a custom designed pantry storage system there is:

  • No more time spent cleaning or sorting through old and empty food containers and chip packets
  • No more cluttered and wasted storage space
  • No more hide and seek with misplaced boxes and jars
  • No more money spent on unnecessary grocery visits to buy items you already own but can’t easily see
  • No more worry when entertaining guests in the kitchen

Interested in pantry organization? Then check out this video to see a Closet Works pantry organization project go from start to finish. 

To start the process of customizing your own pantry organizational system, browse our pantry shelving systems section for ideas and inspiration. Then set up an appointment for a free in-home consultation with a member of our Chicago space saving design team. Or you can call us toll free at 800-4-CLOSET if you'd like to personally discuss your pantry organization needs with one of our specialists. 

Is a Wall Bed or Murphy Bed Right for my Home?


It’s easy to understand why more and more people are getting in on the recent Murphy bed trend. Once considered old-fashioned, the practicalities - and space saving benefits - of Wall beds appeal more than ever to those who want or need rooms with multiple uses such as an office being used as a guest room.

Wall Bed 1b

Wall beds, also known as murphy beds, are attractive when they're part of a built-in cabinet
attached to your home's wall. The idea is that when folded or in the closed position, no one
would ever know that the cabinet is indeed a wall bed. Built-in storage is available on each side of the bed, and is completely customizable and designed to work with your individual space. Features such as bookshelves and mirrors on the wall above the bed, as well as built-in lighting, are possible options.

Wall beds only take a second to operate and can be opened and closed with one hand. Bedding can stay on the mattress and be tucked in so it's hidden when the bed is folded away. Best of all murphy beds come in all sizes: twin, full, queen, and king.

Closet Works designers can help you turn your space into a well organized multi-purpose room.
Craft rooms, storage rooms or offices can serve as a guest room in a matter of seconds with
a murphy bed. Everything in the room can be well organized so the room is always ready for
whatever use is needed at the time.

Wall Bed 1a

Let Closet Works help you make the most out of any space, from wall-beds to pantries, and
everything in-between. Design, fabricate and install - we do it all!

Call for a free in-home consultation, or visit our showroom: 2000 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago IL.

17 Questions to Help Design Your Custom Closet

So you’ve decided that your closet needs a complete refresh. Well, where do you start? Here at Closet Works, we encourage our customers to consider some of the following questions when choosing the right custom closet design.

Custom closet design

Shirts, Slacks, and Scarves:

  • Are your shirts hung on a hanger or folded in the closet?
  • Do you hang your slacks the long way or do you fold them on a hanger?
  • Do you fold or hang your scarves or both?


  • Do you want to have a place to sit to put on shoes in the closet?
  • What is your shoe size?
  • What is the height of your highest shoe?

Belts, Handbags, and Jewelry:

  • How many rolled belts do you have? Do you want them to be hung in the closet?
  • What is the size of your tallest and deepest handbag?
  • Do you want closet storage for jewelry? Does it need to be safe guarded or displayed?


  • Do you need a hamper for laundry and for dry-cleaning?
  • Do you want to be able to iron or steam your clothes in the closet?

Lighting, mirrors and electronics:

  • Do you need lighting design in your closet?
  • Do you want a mirror incorporated into the closet design?
  • Do you want an electronics charging station in the closet?

Closet Organization:

  • Do you require drawer dividers in the closet? Should they be removable?
  • How many ties, shoes, bags, shirts, dresses and jackets do you have? Which is the longest tallest and widest?
  • Do you have any unusual closet storage needs such as specialty clothing for sports?
There are thousands of ways to organize a closet, your closet should be as unique as you. The above list of considerations is just the first step in designing your perfect closet. Let one of the talented closet designers at Closet Works help you achieve that perfect closet design.


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