Adding Custom Closet Lighting and Hardware to a Home
Many people wonder what custom closet systems mean. Essentially, this refers to the installation of custom closet doors and organizers, making use of special finishing techniques. Generally, these custom closet systems are priced by style and size, although the style and personalization may affect the prices even more. The national average price for custom closet systems is roughly $2,500, with many people paying substantially more than this for a custom closet structure made entirely of wood that measures a mere 10 feet in length. Still, custom closet systems are quite popular among professionals who make full use of them for their storage needs.
When people shop for custom closet organizers and custom closet door models, they are typically paying the standard price per square foot – regardless of whether the shelves, racks, or hooks they buy are pre-finished unfinished, or pre-painted. They are also shopping for the average cost per square foot of materials used in a typical custom closet installation. In other words, they are shopping for the “average cost per square foot.” Here are some ways to lower that average cost per square foot, so that you can get the custom closet you really want at an affordable price.
When shopping for hanging rods for your closet, be sure to ask what type of hardware the manufacturer uses. For example, stile hinges may be brass or bronze, or they may be made from nickel-plated steel. Hanging rods come in several finishes, including brass plated, oil rubbed bronze, brushed aluminum, and chrome plated. Just remember that stile hinges are usually the least expensive of the hanging rods. The quality of the hinges will determine just how well your closet doors operate and open.
The closet designer such as MLL Custom will be responsible for determining the number and kinds of closets. The closet designer should discuss the material used in the construction of the doors and rails. There are several types of woods available to the closet designer – such as pine, cedar, spruce, hemlock, or white oak. Once the closet designer determines the type of wood use in the closet system, he or she should also discuss which hardware should be included – including hinges, hanging rods, and door knobs.
Most closets do not contain doors; therefore, the doors must be purchased to complete the custom closet lighting and hardware system. Some examples of doors commonly found in custom closet systems include single-piece doors (typically framed with wood), French doors, sliding barn doors, and swinging doors. Sliding barn doors are one example of a custom closet lighting system that utilizes an inside mount track. A sliding barn door has two sets of hinges, each of which slides up and down on a track in the closet.
If you want a more traditional look, the full-length hanging railings are a great choice. These are available in a variety of styles – some are made with ornate scrollwork, and others are simple straight lines. Hanging rails are a great choice if you are concerned about a potentially slippery floor surface. Custom closet doors can range from inexpensive, high quality hardware to elaborate and highly detailed pieces.