The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article about a dream closet that landed in the $100,000 price range.
We know only too well how much people dream of having an awesome closet. We hear the word "boutique" on a nearly daily basis. And that's a very exciting thing for professional closet designers to hear - that they have an opportunity to work with a client to make their dreams come true. Who wouldn't find that appealing?
But $100,000 is far from the average spend and far from the average budget.
Here's the good news - you don't have to spend any where near that much in order to get a great closet.
So, just what do you have to do to create a closet with a much smaller budget?
"You need to color within the lines" says Closet Works Designer Tim Higbee.
"There are quite a few approaches that one can take when creating a closet" says Higbee. "There are aesthic give and takes like backing, connecting shelves versus separate stand alone units and the choice of material - exotic wood veneers versus a laminate versus a textured wood grained laminate."
All affect the price.
Additional guidelines that Higbee offers that will help you stick within your budget are "staying within standards as much as possible. 18"-24"-30" widths make production costs more effecient and impact the price."
"So does the height of the unit. If the panels only come in 96" lengths, then maybe 96" is acceptable both aesthetically and functionally versus having to go to the ceiling with 120". We can go to the ceiling, but it costs more money."
Higbee also suggest thinking of ways to personalize and customize the closet so it reflects your style and personality without maxing out your bank account. Think about painting the walls of the closet a color that is close to the color of the material you use to construct it. If you're thinking chocolate brown, then paint the wall color within that same color family. Or be bold and go the opposite direction in order to spice things up (in case you have a more spicey personality!) or use wall paper to get a similar dramatic effect.
"It's all about the choices you make and what is the alternative to having a million dollar closet versus one that just looks like one. It can still be a Picasso when you color within the lines" says Higbee.
And how do you know when you're coloring within the lines? Great question. Your conscientious, well-trained, design-loving closet designer will guide you through it.
Give us a call so we can schedule a time to help make your dreams come true!