Remodelling an existing closet can be a valuable upgrade to any bedroom, particularly a master suite. It can turn a small, dark space into a beautiful, well-lit, perfectly organized closet that maximizes every inch of storage. Closet remodels often involve installation of custom shelves, drawers and hanging space as well as vanities and mirrors. They can be built to accommodate existing windows and doors, and lighting fixtures and ceiling fans can be added to the space. Both reach-in and walk-in closets can be improved through remodeling, but costs can vary greatly, depending on the size of the closet, the number of components, the finish on the wood and what accessories are included.
Closet remodelers versus closet organizers
There are two types of professional closet companies: custom closet remodelers and closet organizers. Remodelers, such as Closet Solutions in Somerville, Massachusetts, Empire Closets in Vancouver, Washington, and Closets by Design in San Francisco, can install a custom organization solution, building it from scratch. Organizers, such as Clearly Organized in San Rafael, California, and The Details Matter in Salem, Massachusetts, generally work with an independent contractor to remodel a closet if needed before organizing the homeowners’ belongings in it.
Reach-in closets are the basic 6.5x2-foot closets found in many bedrooms. These closets generally have a single hanging bar stretching the length of the closet. A closet remodel, however, can divide the closet into short and tall hanging spaces. Shelves, drawers, shoe racks and other storage compartments can also be added. The starting cost for a basic, professionally installed system with hangers and shelves is around $1,000, which is much less than one with drawers.
Professionally remodeled walk-in closets can be simple but practical or highly accessorized, costing anywhere from $1,200 to more than $50,000. Average costs, however, are more like $3,000–$5,000.
Basic white or oatmeal laminate closets generally cost $125 per linear foot. A typical 6x6-foot walk-in closet is 18 linear feet; so, a basic white laminate custom closet costs $2,250. If the homeowner upgrades to a wood finish and adds custom molding, the closet would cost closer to $5,000. To customize a larger walk-in closet with 33 linear feet would cost between $4,000 and $8,000.
Professional closet remodelers can handle most cabinetry jobs, including cutting finish trim and molding correctly and modifying cabinet frames. Advanced work such as this, however, drives up the overall cost of the project.
Like any remodeling project, a closet remodel may require removing and disposing of an existing storage system or drywall. For additional fees, most closet remodeling companies can take care of minor repairs such as fixing sheetrock or touching up paint, install light fixtures, and dispose of unwanted materials.