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How to choose between a wall hung vs. a floor mounted closet organizer

When you and your spouse bought your home you had no idea you’d have be doing so much debating (OK – maybe it’s also been a bit of fighting!) on seemingly simple projects like closet organizer systems. Choosing the right products, contractors and installation systems can make the difference between success and failure in any home improvement project – whether it’s a complete bathroom remodel or a walk in or reach in closet.

If you’re in the process of working on a new closet one of the key decisions you’ll need to get your arms around is if it be better to have a wall hung closet (this is one which floats above the ground and is attached with a steel rail to the wall studs) or a floor mounted unit (this one sits on the floor and is attached using brackets).

Choosing between these two systems is not tough after you get a handle on your answers to the following 5 questions.

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Question #1 – What is your budget?  

If your budget is tight you will seriously want to consider the floating wall hung closet system. These units require substantially less material (there are generally no moldings and trims and they do not extend to the floor) and labor time to install is less than a floor mounted closet. While wall hung systems can be used in any room they are more popular in kids or guest bedroom closets than in a master walk in closet.

Lower priced reach in closet with a wall mounted closet organizer in Westerville Ohio

So if your budget is tight (or you’re looking at a kid’s bedroom closet for your Dublin or Westerville home) the wall hung system may be best.

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Question #2 – Will a family member with a wheelchair use this closet?   

A closet built for a wheelchair needs to be designed with accessibility in mind. A floor mounted unit (with it’s base molding trim) can be challenging for someone in a wheelchair because it provides a barrier to get close to the drawers and clothing rods. For this reason the wall hung system will be more practical and is more cost effective.

Wall hung closet in Gahanna ohio is wheelchair accessible

Question #3 – Do you have a lot of stuff stored in your closet?

OK – I have to confess, even though I’m in the closet business my current walk in closet has way too much stuff in it! I not only need a major dose of decluttering, but my builder “designed” closet (it actually is not much of a design –  just a few closet rods anchored into the sides of the walls) is not structurally created to maximize the use of our space.

If you have a lot of things (even after you’ve gone through the decluttering process) your better choice will be a floor mounted closet. You may be asking why? Since the floor mounted units have the ability for deeper cabinets and drawers (up to 24” deep) vs. a wall hung system (which has a maximum depth of 14”) you’ll be able to comfortably fit more items in your space.

Deeper drawers provide more space in a floor mounted closet cabinetry system

Deeper cabinets in this 24″ deep hutch

Question #4 – Is your closet a reach in or walk in style?

We may wish we had the glamour closets of the stars with a large open area with a couch, a chandelier and a full wall allocated for our shoes alone – but that is not the reality most of us live in today. If you or your kids have a simple reach in closet the best (and most cost effective) solution will often be a wall hung organization system.

Wall mounted reach in closet in a kids bedroom in columbus ohio

For a walk in closet where you want the cabinetry to compliment the décor (and provide more storage) you’ll pack the most punch with the floor mounted unit. We have seen these more luxurious floor mounted closets really dress up custom homes in towns like Shaker Heights and Powell. 

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Question #5 – What architectural design look do you like?  

A custom closet should be a logical and welcomed extension to your home (not a place you want to bolt the doors shut and hope NOBODY peaks in!). With that being said not all closet designs are (or should be) created equal. If you’re going for a minimalist urban look for a Short North or Little Italy condo the floating wall hung closet and shelving is a very cool.

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Minimalist wall hung closet system in a short north home

On the other hand if you want the classic built in custom furniture grade cabinetry look, a traditional floor mounted system is the logical selection.

Cabinet grade floor mounted closet system in Upper Arlington Ohio

Conclusion

It doesn’t have to be difficult to choose between a wall hung or floor mounted closet organizer system. It doesn’t matter if you live in Columbus, Cleveland, or San Diego for that matter the selection process is the same. Look simply at is the type of closet you have now, how much clothes you own (or should own after you clean things out), your budget, the physical capabilities of those using the space and what type of design style you would like.

If you would like more input on these systems – or a quote on a closet organizer system in Columbus or Cleveland markets email or call us on the numbers below.

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For help with a Columbus home organization project call Innovate Home Org in Columbus at 614-545-6888 or in Cleveland call 216-658-1290.

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Mike Foti

Mike Foti is the President of Innovate Home Org, a division of Innovate Building Solutions. You can learn more about Mike here.

Mike Foti

Mike Foti is the President of Innovate Home Org, a division of Innovate Building Solutions. You can learn more about Mike here.

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