Closet Organizers USA provides an online closet organizer design tool that allows our customers to create their own closet organizer designs. It is a comprehensive design tool written with the end user in mind. It is easy to use and compatible with all browsers and even works well on net books or tablets like the iPad (i.e. no Flash or special software is needed).
In an attempt to satisfy over 80% of closet layouts while still being simple to use, our closet organizer design tool works for Reach In and Walk In closets with the typical square/rectangular shape with 3, 4 or 5 walls and a standard 96" or less ceiling height. However, if your closet has a unique layout, a slanted ceiling or any other characteristic that our design tool does not handle, we would be happy to create a design for you using our internal closet organizer design tool. With our internal software, our professional designers can easily create a design for any layout or configuration…and our design service is free! For design help or any other questions about our products or services, please call our toll free number at 1-866-418-1328.
In this article, we will discuss how to choose the layout for your Walk In closet. (Please note: If you are designing a Reach In closet, there is no need to choose a layout since only the back wall is utilized in a Reach In design.)
Once you have taken all your measurements (see Part One) and selected the type of closet (Reach In or Walk In – see Part Two), you are ready to layout the floor plan for your Walk In closet. This is the step where you need to decide how you want to utilize your wall space.
First, let’s discuss a typical Walk In closet layout. Most customers utilize the longest wall (let’s assume this is the Back Wall) from corner to corner. In order to have enough room to access the portion of the closet organizer units in the back corners, the design tool will leave 13” in front of the Back Wall units. Since our closet organizers have a standard depth of 14”, if we leave a 13” space in front of these units, that’s a total Reserved Space of 27” from the Back Wall corners up each side of the closet. Therefore, any closet organizer units placed on the Left or Right Walls will begin 27” from the back corner of the closet.
Step 3 in our closet design tool displays an overhead schematic of your closet. (Due to the limitations of internet browsers, these overhead schematics may not be drawn to scale, but the measurements shown are accurate.) On this schematic, the green shaded areas will be available to place closet organizer units in and the gray shaded areas are reserved space.
For each of the five walls in your closet, you have three options:
- Use Entire Wall
- Fill Wall
- Do Not Use Wall
Start by marking any wall that you do not plan on using. These walls will then be shaded in red. Do not use this option if you have a door or window on a wall that is only taking up part of the wall and the wall may still have some room left to add one of our closet organizer units. The closet design tool will allow you to insert a door, window or blank space on the wall during the next step. This lets you to place a door or window exactly where it belongs on the wall and gives you the chance to place closet organizer units on either side (if space permits).
As you make your selections, our closet design tool will reshuffle the spacing. Start by selecting the wall that you want to fill corner to corner with units. All combinations are possible and sometimes it takes a few tries to get it just right. Play with the options and see what closet organizer layouts the system suggests. If you are still having trouble getting the closet layout you want, please give one of our designers a call.
Once you are happy with the floor plan layout, hit the Continue button to go on to Step 4. You cannot change the closet layout once you leave this page, but don’t worry, you can always create a brand new design using a different layout. You are not limited to the number of closet organizer designs you create and save on our web site.
This brings up another point: saving your work. Once you get to Step 4, you should click the Save button at the top right of the page. We will ask for your email address (used strictly as a User Name…we will never email you or give/sell your email address to another company), your first & last name, and allow you to create your new password. Once you are logged in, your work will be automatically saved as you go. If you leave our web site and come back later, just login and all your closet organizer designs will be waiting for you.
Our next blog post will teach you how to select and size each unit in your own closet organizer design. Finally, we get to the fun stuff! To learn more about our closet organizer products or to begin designing your very own custom closet organizers, please go to Closet Organizers USA.