We know—closets are hard. We’re often quizzed about the best, and though most of us are making do with the tiny closets that came with our apartments (plus whatever other creative corners we could find), if you have the chance to start anew, you’ll want to do it right. So we turned to the members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory (now almost 300 firms strong) for their advice on the best closet systems out there. Here are their 10 picks (plus an explanation for one brand that’s noticeably absent).
Worth noting: Many of the architects and designers listed here prefer to design custom closets for clients—it allows them to use every inch of space, says SF designer Nicole Hollis—but sometimes an off-the-shelf, customizable solution from one of the following brands is in order.
Noticeably absent from our list? California Closets, which hasn’t received endorsement from the members of our directory. Says SF architect Bonnie Bridges, “We have tried to like California Closets—they have so many showrooms and clients are comfortable with the idea of using them—but the quality leaves a lot to be desired.” And architect Alper likes Elfa, shown above, for being flexible “in the way that California Closets are not.”
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