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TEN FAQs

(from Minnesota's closet design leader)

  1. What is the least expensive way to outfit a closet?
  2. What is the most expensive way to outfit a closet?
  3. What is the most cost effective way to outfit a closet?
  4. What is the price range to do a closet?
  5. Do you sell "material only" to the "do-it-yourselfer"? 
  6. How long will it take for the initial in-home appointment to assess my storage needs?
  7. How long will it be before my job can be done?
  8. How long does the actual installation take?
  9. What should I do to get the closets ready? 
  10. In a new (or remodeled) home what needs to be finished before the closets can be done? 

Q1.  What is the least expensive way to outfit a closet?

A. Install 12" wire Shelf & Rod material at one height throughout the entire closet. This is just a material variation of the typical wooden  "pole & plank" set-up which you may already have. Other than having ventilated wire shelving which is probably stronger, there is no advantage to this over the conventional set-up. 

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Q2.  What is the most expensive way to outfit a closet?

A. If space permits, install a 100% custom laminate system with drawers, baskets, adjustable shelves, chrome hanging rods all within laminate verticals. Due to the high cost few people choose this route, since there is little advantage in using chrome rods and laminate end verticals (which can be adjusted) versus wire hanging systems.  

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Q3.  What is the most cost effective way to outfit a closet?

A. A combination of laminate and wire yields the best value.  Many of our customers use a laminate tower system to accommodate drawers, baskets and adjustable shelves.  The hanging component is done using a wire hanging system (usually Super Slide).  Each job can be customized to suit your needs and preferences.  In fact, if you give us a price range, we can usually design a system to meet it.  

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Q4.  What is the price range to do a closet?

A. There really is no "average cost" for a closet or storage area.  We try to accommodate all budgets.  A small reach-in closet may be less than $100 and a large walk-in over $3000.  Click for price comparisons to give you some ideas.  

Price depends upon 4 factors:

 1. The size of the closet, the larger the more expensive.

 2. The design, the more elaborate the more expensive.

 3. The type of material used—wire is cheaper, laminate more expensive, a combination of the two is the best value.

4. Your preferences--what  do you like, what can you afford?

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Q5.  Do you sell "material only" to the "do-it-yourselfer"? 

A. NO. Wire materials can be purchased at lumber yards and home improvement stores. While the cost of the wire shelving material is relatively inexpensive, the cost of all the necessary fasteners and other parts is very expensive.  Due to packaging quantities and standard wire lengths, you'll probably wind up with extra piece parts and wasted wire.  You'll need special tools which you may never use again.  You also need to factor in your time and the frustrations of the "first time" learning curve.  All things considered, you won't save much doing it yourself. 

Inexpensive laminate components can also be purchased at these stores. However, to keep the costs down, quality has been compromised.  The material is thin, edge banding is poorly attached and the fastening devices are flimsy.  You get what you pay for.  Again you'll have to have special tools and there will be a  learning curve. 

Our laminate systems are not sold in retail stores.  They are too complex for the average "do-it-yourselfer" and require special tools and fasteners.  All of our installations are done by seasoned professionals and are guaranteed.  If you have a problem we'll be there to fix it.

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Q6.  How long will it take for the initial in-home appointment to assess my storage needs?

A. Initial appointments usually take about an hour or less but this, of course, depends upon how many applications you have. We'll take measurements, assess your space then present some possibilities.  Shortly after, we'll follow up with a design drawing and price.  We can calculate several scenarios, if you like.  

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Q7.  How long will it be before my job can be done?

A. From the time a plan is agreed upon, most installations can be done in a week or less.  All-wire systems are the quickest.  Laminate systems may take a little longer.

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Q8.  How long does the actual installation take?

  A. Usually 2-3 hours per closet, depending upon the size, design and materials used.  Multiple installations often require a day or two.  We don't attempt to do a "quickie" job.  Our work is done right the first time so you won't have problems later on. Your approval is required before we get paid.

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Q9.  What should I do to get the closets ready? 

A.  Remove all clothing and other personal items.  If desired, paint a day or two before installation.  It's best to remove all existing components before painting.  If you're not going to paint, we'll remove all the old components, dispose of them and patch all resulting holes. You'll be ready to move in as soon as we're done.

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Q10.  In a new (or remodeled) home what needs to be finished before the closets can be done? 

  A. Walls and ceiling should be painted, carpeting or other flooring installed and base and trimboards attached and finished.

If you have other questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Phone:  952.492.2088  Fax:  952.492.6992  Cell:  612.298.0851

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