Storage space is a coveted thing and has often been the catalyst for homebuyers when it comes down to the details in choosing their new home. Closets, especially, are in high demand, and many people prefer to install custom closets that offer more function and custom use than a standard closet design. Of course, several types of closet systems are available with plenty of factors to consider in choosing your new closet solution. Typically, these custom closets are priced by size and style, although brand quality and additional customization could impact the costs.
The national average cost for custom closets is $2,500 to $5,000, with most people spending about $3,500 for a custom closet system made of wood that measures 10 to 12 feet in size. Those on a budget can have custom closet shelving kits installed by a handyman for as little as $500 for a custom reach-in closet. Those who want to pull out all the stops could pay as much as $12,000 for their custom dream closet that measures 20+ feet in size and includes a closet organization system with furniture, custom drawers and shelving, and a closet island.
|Custom Closet Installation Cost|
|National average cost||$3,500|
The average cost per square foot for custom closets is $15 to $25. Contractors will all have their own means of charging for the project, with some charging hourly rates for their work along with square footage rates for materials. Others may price the entire job by the square foot, which you see in the average above, including mid-grade materials and labor for the whole project. If you choose premium materials and finishes, you may find yourself at the high end of the price range for this project. The complexity of the custom closet design will also impact the cost.
The average price range for custom closets is $500 to $5,000, depending on several factors. There are various custom closet types to choose from, and the materials, size and design impact what you pay. You can find built-in and free-standing options, as well as complete custom closet overhauls. The table and sections below discuss each type of custom closet and its associated costs, features, and other details.
|Custom Closet Type||Average Cost (Installed)|
|Reach-In Closet||$500 - $1,500|
|Built-In Closet||$1,000 - $2,500|
|Free-Standing Wardrobe||$1,000 - $3,000|
|Walk-In Closet||$2,500 - $5,000|
You can expect to spend less on a reach-in closet design, which averages $500 to $1,500 depending on the included features and space being renovated. This will typically include new shelving, hanging and other storage solutions, an updated coat of paint, and/or an update or upgrade to the closet door. Those who want a more functional closet but don’t have space for a full walk-in design will choose this option in many cases. It’s much more affordable for those on a budget.
A custom built-in closet costs $1,000 to $2,500, depending on the materials used and the size of the space that is being constructed. Built-in closets are similar to reach-ins, but instead of leaving open space that just offers hanging room, they have shelving, rods, and other storage built into the space. These will be cheaper to construct in new homes and unfinished spaces, but they can be put in just about anywhere. You may spend more for additional demolition labor and renovation costs like drywall repairs if you are building into an existing space. You can talk to your contractor to explore all of the options and ensure that you choose the best style for your needs.
A custom free-standing wardrobe costs between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the size of the furniture piece, the materials used for construction, and the complexity of the design. People who don’t have a lot of extra space in the existing closet to allow for a custom built-in design or who may not want to build into the structure of their home can have a custom free-standing piece designed instead. These are better than off-the-shelf furniture because they can be designed to fit your exact needs and offer a custom closet feel even when you’re not using an actual closet.
The cost of a custom walk-in closet is about $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the size of the space and the materials used for the job. You can choose premium materials for a higher cost or consider a more affordable option like cheaper pine or metal and wire shelving. More important than the cost, however, is choosing the design and materials that suit your taste. If a custom walk-in closet is what you want, it can be as decadent or simple as you’d like, and that impacts what you pay.
The materials used for custom closets affect the price, with an average range of $200 to $6,500, depending on the exact material and its quality. Closet furnishings and custom systems include a range of materials that you can choose from, and each has its own pros and cons. Some people like the affordable nature of pine or other materials, for example, while others want a premium look with materials like cedar or frosted glass and premium counters or shelving. In the table and subsections below, we’ll look at the most common custom closet materials, their costs, and the pros and cons of each.
|Material||Average Cost (Installed)|
|Plywood||$200 - $500|
|Glass||$800 - $1,500|
|Frosted Glass||$1,000 - $2,500|
|Melamine||$1,500 - $2,500|
|Cedar||$3,500 - $6,500|
|Natural Wood||$4,000 - $5,000|
If you need to replace plywood subflooring or wall panels, it costs an average of $200 to $500 to replace and/or upgrade the plywood in your closet space, depending on how much needs replacing. The cost is generally about 80% labor and 20% materials, with plywood being relatively cheap. This is usually done as part of the prep work once the space has been structured and before the walls and floors are finished. Your contractor can tell you how much this will cost to add to your project and whether it is necessary.
Clear glass is another alternative and will cost between $800 and $1,500 on average to add to a custom closet. This again depends on where you are using the glass and how much material you need. For example, a glass closet door could cost as little as $150, but a full glass closet system could easily cost $2,500 or more for a larger space. Glass closets are luxurious and can be a great choice, but also require a lot of cleaning and care since they are fragile.
A frosted glass closet costs an average of $1,000 to $2,500 for the frosted glass materials and installation, depending on where you add the glass and how much is being installed. If you opt for just installing frosted glass doors, you could spend as little as $500 on the doors themselves. Those wanting a premium frosted glass closet custom designed can easily hit the higher end of the price range. Frosted glass offers a premium, luxurious finish and less maintenance than clear glass, making it a desirable choice.
A custom melamine closet will cost an average of $1,500 to $2,500 installed, with melamine systems costing an average of $100 to $150 per linear foot. Melamine is preferred by some people because it is more durable and affordable than wood but offers a similar finish with a smooth look and feel. It can also be painted and is available in several styles and designs, allowing it to fit into any home or bedroom space. Melamine is durable and will provide years of use. However, if it becomes damaged, it is almost always going to need replacing since repairs are difficult.
A custom cedar closet costs an average of $3,500 to $6,500, depending on the size of the space and the type of materials used. Cedar planks, for example, will be much more expensive than cedar panels, which are made much like standard plywood. The addition of cedar to a custom closet will add about 30% to the total project cost. Cedar is a preferred choice because it is a beautiful, aromatic wood with the natural ability to keep moths away.
The average cost of a natural wood closet is going to be around $4,000 to $5,000. A natural wood closet creates a harmonious, nature-inspired finish that is stylish and modern without being overdone. Natural wood is a great choice to offer some flexibility for the future. Of course, natural wood requires more care and maintenance and may not last as long as some other materials, so you will have to weigh the options.
The parts of a custom closet vary in price, ranging from $45 to $2,500. Several different parts and accessories go into the ideal custom closet design. Several factors are involved in choosing each one. You may need jewelry storage, shoe storage, or even a full-length mirror in your new space. In the table and subsections below, we will look at all of the various accessories and most common parts you will need as part of your custom closet project, including the average costs and what each entails.
|Closet Part||Average Cost (Installed)|
|Shoe Racks||$45 - $75|
|Hanging Rods||$50 - $75|
|Jewelry Storage||$75 - $150|
|Drawers||$75 - $200|
|Mirror||$100 - $300|
|Cabinets||$500 - $1,500|
|Shelving||$800 - $2,000|
|Island||$1,000 - $2,500|
Installing custom closet shoe racks will cost between $45 and $75, on average, depending on how big the rack is and what type of design it offers. If you are willing to spend more, you can choose a built-in shoe rack that fits into your custom closet design. You can also find budget-friendly options that give you shoe storage without breaking the bank if you are less concerned about style. Be sure to consider how many shoes you have now and the potential need for future storage to figure out how big your racks will need to be.
Every closet needs hanging rods, a relatively inexpensive investment at just $50 to $75 on average. These rods come in several different finishes and materials and can be sized in various lengths for hanging in all types of custom configurations. Depending on how many rods you need, their material, and their length, you may spend more or less than average on the rods for your closet. Closet hanging rods are often included in prefabricated closet systems. You can add more as needed.
Custom closet jewelry storage will cost an average of $75 to $150, depending on the size and type of storage solution you choose. This is a great way to keep your jewelry organized and keep everything in one place. You can choose from free-standing jewelry storage tools and built-in items, countertop jewelry boxes, and other designs that accent your space and give you the storage that you need. If you choose a built-in option or drawer-style storage, it may cost more.
Custom closet drawers will cost you about $75 to $200, depending on how many drawers you install and what style or design you choose. A small cabinet, for example, may cost a couple of hundred dollars. A single drawer built into the custom closet could add as little as $75 to the cost of the project to cover the price of the drawer and the few minutes it takes to install. Drawers are great for items that can’t be hung or for those who want to keep things out of sight for a clean look.
If you’re looking to add a walk-in closet mirror, you can expect to spend $100 to $300 on a decent full-length mirror for the space. At the low end, you could find a basic unframed mirror to hang on the wall or door. On the high end, you could have a custom-framed mirror built specifically for the space. Of course, several pre-made full-length mirrors come in several finishes and styles. You are sure to find one that fits your space without having to pay for a premium custom design unless that’s what you really want.
If you want to add custom closet cabinets to your new space, expect to spend between $500 and $1,500 on the cost, depending on several factors. How many cabinets you need to be installed, the materials used, and the size and type of cabinets impact what you pay. A single cabinet could be less expensive, while a full wall of cabinets could easily increase the project cost by double or more. Custom cabinets can be designed for clothing, shoes, jewelry, or anything else that you desire.
The cost of custom shelving is approximately $800 to $2,000 and makes up most of the cost of a custom closet installation. The shelving and hanging features are what comprise the majority of closet spaces, after all. The materials used for the shelving impact its cost and how much linear footage of shelving you have installed. For example, premium frosted glass shelves will cost more than standard pine closet systems with adjustable shelves.
If you decide to install a custom closet island, you can expect to spend between $1,000 and $2,500, depending on the size and components of the island that you have built or installed. An island is a great way to add additional storage space. It can include a countertop, drawers and jewelry storage, a vanity table, or other features. Custom islands can be built in all sizes and with various materials. The material you choose impacts how much you spend, as will any electrical or plumbing you have run to the island.
Custom closet installation labor accounts for about $500 to $1,000 of the total average $3,500 custom closet cost. This is charged at a rate of $60 to $90 per hour, depending on whether you choose to hire a general handyman or have the closet system installed by professionals, technicians from the company, or even a home improvement store that offers installation services. The cost of labor will also be affected by the size of the closet you are building and its type. The more work that is required, the more labor hours it will take to complete.
You may need multiple contractors for your custom closet build, depending on the size of the space and the type of work being done. For example, in addition to building the closet system, you may need a painter to repaint, an electrician for lighting, and even a flooring expert to redo the floors. These professionals charge labor rates that fall into the range above, so it should be easy for you to estimate labor costs. It will also be easier and more affordable to build a new closet in a new space than to upgrade or renovate an existing space. This is where it is helpful to consult on the design and work that needs to be done to be sure you know what you’re paying for and have all of the right people for the job.
The average closet systems cost ranges from $100 to $6,500, depending on the type of custom closet organizer used. People use closet organizers and systems to organize their clothes and other items. Closet systems include prefabricated, electronic organization systems, and custom solutions. The materials used to construct this closet organizer impact the cost, along with other factors. Most people choose to use wire or wood organizers, but several different options are available today. In the table below, we will look at the cost of each type of closet organizer based on the material used.
|Organizer Material||Average Cost (Materials Only)|
|Wire||$100 - $300|
|Metal||$100 - $300|
|Wood||$190 - $6,500|
Closet doors come in several styles. When you’re doing a new closet design, it might be a good idea to consider upgrading the doors, as well. Most of the doors can be used on any closet style (built-in, walk-in, and free-standing). Each has its own design features to consider. Today many people are choosing to upgrade to barn doors and other modern styles. In the sections below, we will discuss each type of door and its pros and cons.
Custom bifold closet doors are a great choice for anyone who wants to stick with a standard closet door design but still wants something a little different. Bifold doors are available in all sizes and styles, as well as multiple configurations for closets that need two, three, or four doors or more. They come in several colors and finishes, including wood, composite, glass, and more. This is the most common option for people who want an affordable custom door option.
Custom mirror closet doors are another great choice for those who want to maximize the use of their space. These doors are dual-purpose. They add a functional element by giving you a mirror and open up the rest of the room by creating the illusion of more space. Plus, modern mirrored closet doors are stylish and create a look that is sure to turn heads. From full-length and fully-mirrored doors to closet doors with mirror details, there is something for everyone.
The closet swing door is a great choice if you’ve got the space. Pivot or swinging doors are a classic look, and they can be found in all kinds of stylish designs to fit the space. There are doors available that are simple, ornate, and even made of various materials, including everything from affordable pine to premium maple, cedar, and other materials. Swinging doors make it easy to access the space and give you another design feature to show off.
The by-pass closet door is just a standard closet door that slides open and close. These doors are lightweight and run on a track, which allows them to save space. They also come in several materials, including wood, glass, mirrored finishes, and more. You can also find tracks that will hold two, three, or four sliding doors, depending on your needs. The problem here is that you may only be able to access one side of the space at a time, limiting the utilization of closet space. However, as long as they are well-maintained, these doors can be an ideal choice.
Although not as popular, the glass closet door is still an option that many people consider. Modern glass doors are a lot different than in the past. It is easy to find styles that fit just about every space. Glass is available in clear and frosted finishes, with etched designs, and more. Some doors are full-glass, as well as those that feature glass panels or details, as well. This can be an option for those who want a door that doesn’t really close in the space or that still offers a decorative touch.
Pocket closet doors are preferred by those who like a minimalist design or who are limited on space. Pocket doors usually slide in and out of a track between the walls structured by the closet door frame. They can be single or double doors, and there are even multi-door configurations and designs available. In some cases, it may require additional work to create the pocket to install the door. This could incur additional time and costs.
Accordion closet doors are an ideal choice for those who are limited on space and don’t need a bi-fold or larger door poking out into the room’s limited space. Accordion doors are also more affordable and come in several styles and designs, including everything from budget models to high-end custom accordion doors that stand out as much as the closet design itself.
The sliding barn closet door is a popular modern style preferred by those who want a more rustic farmhouse look in the bedroom or anywhere else they are having a closet installed. These doors are available in multiple sizes and styles. They are generally installed on a metal rail or track system exposed for additional detail and that rustic touch. These doors can be purchased pre-made or created in custom designs, allowing you to create the perfect look to match the rest of your home.
The average cost of custom closet lighting ranges from $50 to $2,000, based on the type of lighting you choose. The options for custom closet lighting will make sure that your space gives you the look that you want and the type of light you need. You can choose from standard recessed lighting or track lights to provide simple lighting with clarity or go for a dramatic chandelier or hanging light fixture to add a touch of style and elegance to the space. You could even choose detail lighting like sensor lights for drawers and under-cabinet lighting. Don’t forget vanity lighting if you install a vanity in the space. In the table below, we’ll take a look at the average cost of each lighting option, including labor and materials.
|Lighting Type||Average Cost (Installed)|
|Sensor Lights||$50 - $100|
|Under-Cabinet Lighting||$50 - $100|
|Vanity Lighting||$300 - $600|
|Track Lights||$300 - $800|
|Chandelier||$400 - $700|
|Recessed Lighting||$800 - $2,000|
Walk-in closet design comes in several different styles. These closets are coveted for their spacious nature, offering more room and design features than you might find in other closet styles. To better understand the different designs and what they offer, we have compiled a list of the most popular walk-in closet designs, including information about what each offers, the pros and cons, and whether it will be a more or less affordable option compared to the average custom closet project.
For space-saving and a cool design touch, a walk-in closet with a sliding door could be the perfect choice. This increases the amount of space you have since there won’t be a need for door clearance, and it can offer a clean, polished look in any space. Sliding doors come in several different sizes and designs, making it easy to get the ideal fit for your space, no matter what you have in mind. You can choose from budget-friendly sliding doors and accordion-style folding doors or high-end sliding barn doors, for example.
For those who enjoy the truly open flow of a space, a walk-in closet can be built without a door. The doorway can be built as a standard feature, or you can even have it customized to create a more decorative finish. A walk-in closet without a door is going to offer the opportunity to consider curtains or other touches for a bit of separation, or you might just decide to keep the space completely open. This often reduces project costs since the door installation and cost of a door will not be factors.
Adding a walk-in closet with mirror doors is an option that is both beautiful and functional. Mirror doors come in all styles and sizes. They are not the tacky, outdated doors that most people envision. Today’s modern closet doors feature premium mirror designs and offer a stylish touch that fits into any space without overdoing it. Plus, you then have the function of built-in mirrors without having to add space for them elsewhere in the room or the closet. Mirror doors will be a bit more expensive than traditional doors, but then you’re getting two things in one.
For those willing to invest a little more money, a master closet with a makeup vanity can be a great way to create a functional, luxurious space that feels like your own special getaway. Makeup vanities can be added to several closet designs and systems and can be center islands or installed along the wall. They can also be built-in pieces or purchased as separate furniture. You’ll want to consider this in your design and talk to your installer to make the best decision.
The open-concept walk-in closet could mean one that doesn’t have doors, as we discussed above, or it could refer to the type of walk-in closet that features a more open design and doesn’t have a lot of blocky fixtures or furnishings in the middle of the space. The open-concept design is great to create a more spacious finish. It often goes better with modern houses than a more cluttered look. If you have the room, an open concept closet helps you get organized and creates a much more enjoyable space at the same time.
A closet remodel will cost an average of $600 to $1,200. This is different from a custom closet design or new closet and involves renovating the existing space to make it more functional. It may or may not involve the purchase of additional organizational items or furnishings, depending on the closet and any organizational tools or systems that are already in place. For those who don’t need a full, brand new custom closet, this could be a more affordable solution.
The average cost to repair drywall related to custom closet installation is $300 to $500, depending on how much damage is present. When custom closets and closet systems are installed, there may be damage caused to the drywall by installing or removing old elements. There may also be areas where drywall needs to be removed or replaced in full pieces, which could incur additional costs for materials and labor. It is best to ask a professional for a quote on drywall replacement, as well as whether this service is included in your closet installation.
Some people will decide to add custom closet furniture to their space, for an average cost of about $500 to $1,500. Custom closet furniture includes specialty dressers or chests, settees and seating areas, chairs, and more. Dressing tables and makeup vanities may also be installed in the space. Depending on the pieces you choose and their materials, you may spend more or less on additional furniture for the area.
The average cost of decorating a walk-in closet will be $500 to $2,500, depending on how much space you have to decorate and what you want to add. Once you have taken the time to install a custom closet system, you may also want to decorate the space with paint, new furnishings, and other decor. You can hire a designer to design the space or create your own design, which will impact the cost. Ask your installation professional whether this is included or will incur an additional cost on top of the new closet system.
It costs an average of $200 to $400 to paint a walk-in closet that measures less than eight by eight (8 x 8) feet. Painters typically charge around $50 to $70 per hour for their work, depending on the type of painting that needs to be done, the difficulty of accessing the space, and how much paint is required. Some homeowners may supply their own paint to reduce costs or have the walk-in closet painted as part of an entire room update to maximize the investment. Plus, when you’ve installed a brand new closet, a fresh coat of paint for the entire room can be a great additional touch.
Building a custom closet costs an average of $2,500 to $5,000. The final cost depends on the type and size of the closet space that you need to build and other factors.
Custom closets are a great way to add value to your home, with a reported return on investment of about 50 to 60%, on average. Custom closets also make homes more desirable when compared to homes without them, which means a faster sale for many.
Custom closets are an investment that offers several benefits. First, they give you more functional space in your home and allow you to have the closet of your dreams. They can increase your home’s value, so yes, they are absolutely worth it for those who will use them.
The Home Depot installs a variety of closet systems sold by the store and offers helpful instruction and classes on closet organization and system selection. However, they will typically only install the products they sell. Also, they may not be the cheapest or best option, so be sure to shop around.
California Closets cost an average of $4,500 to install a mid-size closet system that features multiple custom elements. This is one of the more popular brands of custom closet kits and installations, but it is also one of the more expensive brands.
Closets by Design costs an average of $4,600 to install a mid-size custom closet system with various custom elements. This popular brand is a bit more expensive than California Closets but offers more customization options.