Why Professional Custom Closets are Better Than DIY

Custom Small Closet System

In many facets of home ownership, doing it yourself, or DIY, is the name of the game if you want to save money and have things done to your specifications. Coming from a pretty handy family, we almost never called plumbers, electricians or roofers; my dad would just get out his tools and do whatever he needed to do. Now that I’m married, my husband is the same way; whether it’s a leaky toilet, a faulty GFI unit, tree branches getting dangerously close to the roof, or a washing machine that’s trying to shimmy across the floor, he usually knows what to do to get the problem under control.

When Should You Call A Pro Custom Closets Designer and Installer

Still, there are a few things that do prompt us to call in the pros. The septic tank, for example: if something goes wrong there, we’re happy to pay someone else to take care of that problem! When we decided to lay new hardwood in our dining room, we didn’t want to take the chance that it wouldn’t look great, so we called the flooring experts to do that. And when we had custom closets installed last year, we made sure to have a professional company design and install them. If your family is like mine, you might be wondering why you shouldn’t just have DIY custom closets. Here were our reasons:

Quality of Materials

We could not get the same quality of materials that the custom closet company could. At least, not at any price that would make doing so economical! The thick wood, the smooth drawers and the commercial-grade hinges are easier for the pros to procure, and they know how to work with these materials, so there’s no waste.


It was difficult for us to visualize exactly how we were going to get the results that we wanted. We knew that we wanted shoe racks, a jewelry rack and lots of drawers, but weren’t sure how to make the most out of the limited space that we had. With the closet company’s 3-D software, though, we were able to see what the custom closet would look like before any cuts were made, and we were able to further customize that plan to what we wanted.
3-D Computer Generated Closet System Design

Resale Value

We do plan on selling our home someday, and our DIY job wouldn’t have looked as professional as one actually one by professionals. Even creating a do-it-yourself closet is fairly expensive, and we didn’t want to ruin our investment by having it look “homemade” after a few years’ use.



Custom closets come with a warranty. Since we wouldn’t have been able to use the very best materials and since my husband isn’t an expert in custom closets, we were afraid that his hard work might not stand the test of time. There’s no warranty on do-it-yourself projects, after all! When we found out about that all of the materials and workmanship are guaranteed when a professional is hired, that convinced us that that was the way to go.

“We were actually surprised at the cost; it didn’t come out to very much more than what we would have spent had we done it ourselves”
If you are considering custom closets, be sure to have a professional come in and give you a free consultation and estimate. We were actually surprised at the cost; it didn’t come out to very much more than what we would have spent had we done it ourselves, and the results are truly spectacular! You don’t have anything to lose by having an estimate done, so you might as well take advantage of the opportunity. While the closet designer is there, he can tell you more about the ways that you can save time, energy and money by hiring a professional.