Posts Tagged ‘closet design’

Closet Details: Lighting

By csc-admin - October 30th, 2015


The details matter, especially when making home improvement upgrades. From picking a paint color to creating a certain ambience in a room, lighting can effect a large number of decisions. Be sure to pay close attention to lighting in your closet system. Here are some things to consider from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Types of Lighting

Let’s start by going over the three key types of lighting that can come into play in your closet.


Exactly as it sounds, accent lighting is used to highlight certain pieces. It’s a great way to create a bit of drama in a space. Accent lighting works particularly well for large walk-in closets. Use it to highlight art if you’ve decided to hang any, or for any holy-grail items such as a purse or a pair of shoes. This works well for boutique-styled layouts.


This type of lighting helps you get things done. Whether it’s applying your makeup or choosing an accessory, task lighting can be critical to helping you make decisions as you get ready each morning. Task lighting is most often used in a walk-in closet system, but can also work extremely well with a reach-in system.


Think of ambient lighting as the umbrella for the other types of lighting in your space. It provides general illumination and can even overlap as task lighting. Ambient lighting is important for all kinds of closet designs.


Interested in creating a certain atmosphere? Try switching out your bulbs. Here’s what you need to consider. Light bulbs can offer warm or cool tones. Some even provide heat radiance.


This is the most common type of light bulb, and is most associated with electricity. It is also the least energy efficient as most of the energy produces heat rather than light. In fact, many home improvement stores are reducing the amount of incandescent lights they carry. They can be used in fixtures that create all three types of lighting.


Compact Fluorescent Lights are most easily identified as lights with a curly tube inside the bulb. These are more energy efficient although the one major complaint is that they tend to take a longer time to shine or warm up. They use to be quite common in fluorescent under-the-cabinet lights.


These bulbs have been increasingly popular as they are extremely energy efficient and the price to purchase them decreases. They have been popular for accent and task lighting although they can be used for all three types of lighting. Choose this type of bulb in your closet so you can reduce the amount of time you have to replace your lights – some have been known to have a lifespan of 20 years!

Fixtures and Styles


These are by some of the most common types of light fixtures, especially in newer homes. These lights can create all types of light and ambience in your home but are particularly good for general lighting and accent lighting.

Track Lights

With this fixture, the lights are aligned on a track, although you don’t have to settle for the plain white linear track anymore. There is a wide selection of styles and many use LED bulbs. These are great to help create accent or overall ambience to your space.


These are particularly useful for task lighting. They can help you select a piece of jewelry or compare certain accessories. They go perfect with a set of drawers that house your jewelry, cuff links, or other small items.

Chandeliers and Pendants

Give your closet an added design touch with a miniature chandelier or strategically placed pendants. They can give added drama while providing essential lighting.

Be sure to plan your closet design with the details in mind. Consult with one of our expert designers at Closet and Storage Concepts today to start creating and organizing your home today!

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Elements of a Functional Closet

By csc-admin - August 31st, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love to help clients sort out their closets and help them get organized. Functional closets often have certain elements in common. We’ve compiled them so you know what to expect when you create your personalized closet space. It is so important to have a closet system in place that is functional for your unique needs, or you risk not using your closet system and accumulating clutter.

A Place for Everything

Having a place for everything is key for a functional closet space. In order to create this space you’ll need to take into account your items and what your closet will be used for. For example, reach-in and walk-in closets will likely need rods at varying heights for items such as dresses, pants, and sweaters. In a laundry or linen closet, you will want to address shelf heights for cleaning products and linens.


This piggybacks off the first point, but to create the most functional closet storage space, the details matter. You need to make sure you have enough room to walk around, or even allow for a sitting area if you desire one in your walk-in closet. You may even need to make sure the closet layout makes the most sense for who will use it. A child’s closet and organization area will need to be closer to the ground so they can be used. Even garage closet systems or entryway closets can benefit by paying attention to the details to really maximize the efficiency of your closet. Carefully paying attention to all of the details can even help to carve out a bit more storage space in your home.

Pretty Pairings and Time

Putting in the time and effort, especially when planning, will be necessary as you create a functional closet system. It is best to allocate plenty of time to do a clean out and to properly plan the most efficient layout. Giving yourself plenty of time to plan will help you hone in on key areas of your closet and create a place for everything. In addition, it will make sure that details don’t fall through. Need professional assistance? Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer. They’ll help you through the entire process of creating a functional closet system, from properly measuring your space to the design of your closet system.

Many professional closet designers will also say to factor in decorative items when budgeting and planning to allocate for finishing touches such as paint, hardware, or other storage accessories. Functional closets also tend to incorporate unique design elements. These pretty pairings will help to give your closet a design you’re looking for, making you more likely to use it.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know how to help our clients create beautiful, stylish, and functional closets. Call us today to schedule your free, in-home estimate.

10 Summer Wardrobe Items Every Woman Should Own

By csc-admin - June 26th, 2015


With a new season comes a new look. If you’re struggling to find pieces to wear with the warmer weather, Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help. We want to help you create a closet you love, and that includes the clothes in them! Consider adding any of these items to your wardrobe and removing any old and out of date items for increased style for you and your closet.

  1. Sunglasses

With the increasing sunshine, now’s a great time to find the perfect shades. Whether you’re after an aviator or a cat eye, protect your pieces with the proper storage. Sunglasses protect your eyes; do the same for them by treating them with care. On the go, choose a soft-shelled case to store in your handbag or in the car. At home, you can opt for custom storage, especially if you have a larger collection that you want to protect.

  1. Jean Jacket

Jean jackets are a classic summer staple and are available in a variety of styles and washes, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs. Denim is versatile enough that it can be dressed up or down, and it’s great for covering up during cool summer evenings.

  1. Sneakers

A good pair of sneakers is the perfect way to appeal to the casual vibes of summer. Choose classic Chuck Taylors or a trendy slip-on variety such as Toms; the possibilities are nearly endless. If you’re not a sneaker gal, consider a versatile sandal instead. To house your shoes, consider over-the-door units, or shoe racks in your entryway or garage. Adjustable shoe racks are a great way for your closet to transition with you.

  1. Scarf

A summer scarf helps to add a bit of interest to jeans and a tee shirt. Scarves are also perfect if you need a cover up to protect against the sun, and you can even use them as makeshift blankets for spontaneous summer picnics! Opt for materials in linen or cotton versus wool. Use, or make, a scarf hanger to keep scarves in their place.

  1. Sundress

Sundresses are a quintessential item for summer. Like the denim jacket, sundresses are also versatile enough to be dressed up for work or down for a summer barbeque. With endless styles, cuts, and patterns you’re likely to find an option that’s perfect for you.

  1. White Tee

Switch out your darker palette in favor of a lighter one this summer, starting with your tee shirts. Replace long sleeves with short or sleeveless options to reflect the change in the weather. For a little spice, consider a classic striped option that will give your wardrobe a characteristically summery nautical look. Take this opportunity to purge any tops that no longer interest or fit you.

  1. Jean or Khaki Shorts

A great pair of shorts should see you through multiple summers. Jeans or khakis are a great material to look for, and can be mixed and matched with a variety of items, including many that can be found on this list. They can also be used as transitional pieces.

  1. Nude Nail

The nude nail is great in all seasons, but can look particularly good in the summer months, especially as your skin tans up a bit. If you have a bit of a crazy nail collection, look to organize your bathroom with under-the-sink options, or even try storing your polishes in over-the-door shoe holders.

  1. Swimsuit

If you’re planning a beach trip this summer, you’ll probably need a swimsuit. Be sure to check if you really need that cute new bikini, or if you already have one that might have been stored away for the winter. Once you bring out your swimsuit, be sure to store away winter items like coats, sweaters, and turtlenecks for next year.

  1. Strappy Heels

We listed a casual shoe choice above, but a formal option like a strappy heel in a bright or nude color is a classic summer staple for your wardrobe. Heels can be paired with a number of items on this list, from a t-shirt and shorts to a sundress. Use proper storage and organization solutions to keep your heels in good condition.

Need a closet makeover? Give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today. We can’t wait to help you create a place for every piece including your summer staples.

Photo by Maegan Tintari, used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0).

Storage Solutions for the Shoe Obsessed

By csc-admin - April 14th, 2015


For the shoe lovers among us, sometimes it seems like there’s simply never enough room to house our whole collections. From stilettos to sneakers, pumps to Pumas, finding places to store your shoes is no mean feat when you’re a passionate shoe lover. Fortunately, Closet and Storage Concepts has your back! Try any one of these options for a unique and clever way to store your shoes. It might even allow you to add a few more pairs to the collection without driving your significant other crazy, and that’s a win-win in our books!

Chair Rail

Using a chair rail is a clever way to store your stilettos, plus they’ll always be within reach. You can put chair rails at different levels for even more shoe storage. Unfortunately, this method only works for high-heeled shoes, sorry flat lovers. Another note about this storage method is that while it might be creative, it can also scuff your walls. To combat this, try a semi-gloss paint. The shine and finish can make cleaning a bit easier. Of course, the most passionate shoe lovers among us won’t have any problems in this regard, since of course we treat our shoes with the utmost care!


Shelving is useful in just about every area of your home, and your closet should be no exception. Shelving should be customized for your shoes, so if you have more flats, you can get the most of your space with shorter shelving units than the friend who is all about her heels, and who’ll require taller shelves. This means that no vertical space is lost.

Alternate the shoes so you fit more into your space. You can even try open shelving for a more minimal and modern look. Open shelving can help you see the full picture of your shoe story. Maybe with all that extra room you can even start a bag collection!


Try this option for that Holy Grail pair of designer shoes that are just begging to be shown off. This can help to make your closet look like a boutique and offers a chic focal point, which will work especially well in walk-in closets. You can try short pedestals on top of a dresser in order to be more space conscious as well.


You can try clever storage units for your shoes particularly if you’re short on space. Try treasure trunks or ottomans with hidden shoe pockets, or create your own in a DIY project! These are particularly great for flats, depending on how large the trunk or ottoman is. Use this option if you want shoe storage that protects your shoes, while also allowing them be concealed if you’re not one to flaunt your collection. Look for containers with interesting patterns and textures to really jazz up your space.

All of these options can help to customize your shoes and your home. For a truly customized closet, you’ll want to work with experts like those at Closet and Storage Concepts, so give us a call today!

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The Transitional Closet & Wardrobe

By CSC - February 24th, 2015

Organized closet with clothes on thin hangers.

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This time of year becomes difficult in many places around the country as it is not warm enough to tuck away the thick knits, and it’s definitely not warm enough to go sans sleeves. As your wardrobe transitions, your closet should too. An organized closet will save you time and sanity, as it will seamlessly fit into your lifestyle. Here are some tips on how your wardrobe, and closet, can play nice with the seasons.

Layer Up

Layering is crucial when between two seasons as you’ll have to be prepared for varied weather reports. Lightweight jackets and coats are good when transitioning from winter to spring, and even from summer to fall. They’ll offer a bit of protection and warmth and can easily be shed if it gets too warm. Scarves are also ideal transition pieces as they come in a variety of materials, styles, and prints that can fit into any season or personal style.

Your closet’s design can follow suit. Lots of layers will be the key to having an organized closet system. Different layers for pants, shirts, dresses, boots, shoes, and everything in between will make sure you have easy access to your whole wardrobe.

Easy Reach

To be prepared for anything you need options. You’ll need access to even more options than when you’re settled into a season, so don’t condemn your chunky knits to the basement or under the bed storage just yet.

With your closet system, you can utilize pull out storage and racks. Try a retractable valet rod, which is a great way to plan ahead for tomorrow. Pull out shoe racks are also quite common as they allow you to make the most of your space, while neatly concealing them away when needed. When using up every inch of your closet, keep the essentials at eye level with the less significant pieces farther up or down from your line of sight. Blouses, t-shirts, pants, or skirts (items you wear most often regardless of the season), should be closer at hand. Items that will be used in the upcoming season should also be closer at hand.

Phase Out

Transitioning your wardrobe will often mean phasing out pieces that won’t be needed and bringing in pieces that will see more wear in the upcoming season. As you are doing this, it will be an optimal time to start cleaning out your closet so you’re ready for the next year. Be prepared to donate pieces that haven’t seen the light of day for longer than you can remember. Say goodbye to pieces that don’t fit. Think of this as a way to make room for new pieces rather than a complete toss out, especially if you’re tight on space.

Make transitioning a breeze as your closet changes with you. Custom closet systems can help you achieve the look and organization you need in your home. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can help you achieve your dream home today!

4 Incredibly Cool Themed Kid’s Closets and Storage

By CSC - February 12th, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love crafting custom solutions for our clients’ homes. Often, this centers around spatial and storage needs, but we also get to tackle some incredibly creative design projects. Some of our favorite projects of this type center on the kid’s room, where designers are often able to really let their imaginations run wild in concocting something unique and whimsical. For this post, we’ve collected four of or favorite kid’s room closets and storage solutions, all of which focus on innovative and imaginative design. Read on to find some inspiration for your child’s bedroom, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts for all of your home storage needs!

A Closet For The Perfect Princess Room

For many young girls, the princess room is a true dream come true. In the example linked above, you can see a few incredible touches, including a gorgeous carriage turned into a bed; however, we’re mainly intrigued by the beautiful castle-themed closet rising up in the background. Although on the inside you’ll find a standard home closet, the stunning façade demonstrates just how imaginative you can get with your closet design. In this case, not only are you turning a traditional closet into a highlight of the room, you’re able to do so while really tying the room’s themed together.

A Telephone Booth Closet For A Superhero Room

For as many young girls that want a princess room, there are surely just as many boys hoping for a superhero hideaway. This incredible DIY room gets everything right, from the uber cool framed comic book covers to the Bat Signal painted on the wall. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that our favorite touch is the telephone booth closet. Perfect for changing from your Clark Kent getup to your Superman duds, this custom closet is a great example of just how creative you can get with your child’s closet.

Storage For A Video Game Fanatic

This entry may not be a closet, but it’s still an example of an inspired storage solution for a kid’s room. For any video game fanatic out there, it doesn’t get much more classic than the original Super Mario Bros. This shelving system has been made to mimic the iconic look from that first game. Showcasing the brick blocks and item power-ups found throughout the Mario series, this shelving system would be a great way to declutter your child’s messy video game trove. Perfect for tying a game themed room together, this Mario shelving is sure to make a big statement in your home.

Sports Lockers For Your Budding Athlete

For every young sports fanatic, nothing quite signals an oncoming game like opening up your locker and pulling out your jersey. This cool locker themed closet is ideal for your little Michael Jordan, and is sure to keep his or her interest piqued in their favorite sport. For an easy way to add a bit of flair to your little athlete’s bedroom, consider something personal like this fun locker closet!

No matter your spatial and design needs, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have what you’re looking for. Call us today and get started on the road to an organized home!



Closet & Storage Concepts Receives “Best Of Houzz” 2015 Award

By closetsc - January 23rd, 2015

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We are truly honored to receive a “Best Of Houzz” award in the Design category for the third year in a row.  Each year Houzz chooses their award recipients by the total number of consumer ideabooks a professional’s photos have been added to.  Take a look at some of our award winning projects here then contact us for your free in home estimate!


Classic Closet Scenes In Cinema

By csc-admin - August 29th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re pretty big film buffs, as you can tell by this post we wrote on Murphy beds in great films. Similar in many ways to the classic Murphy bed trope in cinema is the equally ubiquitous use of closets as a plot device. Seeing as though we’re in the business of outfitting homes with incredible custom closets and storage solutions, it’s probably not a big surprise that we love scenes that prominently rely on the use of closets. Whether someone’s hiding out and listening to other characters spill their secrets, or getting locked in a closet only to have to someone find their way out, closets have featured prominently in a number of our favorite movies. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite scenes largely revolving closets and storage spaces, so read on to find out which famous moments we love the most, and don’t forget to contact Closet and Storage Concepts the next time you’re in need of a custom storage solution!

Groucho Marx in Monkey Business

One of the earliest examples of the now famous “hiding in the closet” trope, Groucho Marx delivers an excellent example of utilizing the confines of a closet to hide from the eyes of other characters. Trapped on a boat with the other Marx brothers, Groucho realizes a woman he’s been seeing is also on board with a notorious gangster. Wanting to see the woman while also trying to stay out of the eyes of her dangerous paramour, Groucho sneaks into their bedroom pretending to be the maid. While the other two characters are arguing back and forth, Groucho steps into the closet to listen and wait. Lo and behold, the gangster eventually storms out, leaving Groucho to emerge from the stuffy closet and be with his beloved. It’s an early example of closets in film, and one of the best.

Blue Velvet’s Eerie Take

With a slightly more sinister take, we find David Lynch’s nightmarish classic Blue Velvet. With a nearly identical setup, we find Kyle McLaughlin’s character entangled in a love triangle with a gorgeous lounge singer and her murderous boyfriend, Dennis Hopper. Having stolen a moment with the incredible Isabella Rossellini, McLaughlin is forced to hide in the closet when an enraged Dennis Hopper suddenly drops by. In this scene we see a perfect illustration of the closet film trope, as McLaughlin listens in while peering through the blinds on the front of the closet. All of the suspense and intrigue found in the best “hidden in the closet” scenes is found here, and it’s a perfect example of the way closets function in thrilling fashion throughout movie history.

A Twist In The Breakfast Club

Now that we’ve looked at two “hide in the closet” scenes, lets turn to The Breakfast Club for another famous version of this set up. Rather than hiding himself away in a closet, here we find Judd Nelson’s Bender character being locked in a closet by the jaded Principal Richard Vernon. Not only is this an example of the common “locked in the closet” cliché, we also see Bender utilize in the classic ‘crawl through the air ducts” move. Similar to the movie Airheads, Bender makes his way back and forth from the janitor’s closet to various areas in the school via the ventilation shafts, cementing one of the best know versions of the closet plot device.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we have the expertise to design and install the closet of your dreams, whether you’ll spend time hiding in them or not. Contact us today to make one more step towards the home of your dreams!

Four Incredible Design Touches For Luxury Closets

By csc-admin - July 31st, 2014

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we help make your dream home a reality. From custom closet systems to incredibly detailed kitchen pantries, we take great pride in helping our clients craft affordable, elegant solutions to their home storage needs. Although most homeowners stick to classic closet configurations and storage systems, there are some people that prove to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to designing their ideal closet. We’ve shown you some incredible celebrity closets before, so in this post we’ve decided to showcase some incredible luxury touches that different homeowners have added to their master closets. Read on for a look into the world of designer closets, and hopefully you’ll find a bit of inspiration in these incredible closet ideas.

Go Classy With A Vintage Rolling Library Ladder

When it comes to combining luxury with nostalgia, few sights get it better than rolling library ladders. There’s just something about this classic design touch that resonates with people in a way few other furniture accents do. Although rolling ladders have traditionally been reserved for home libraries in luxurious mansions, we’re now seeing them pop up more and more in home closets. Giving homeowners a way to reach their high storage while adding a note of grace and class, outfitting your walk in closet with a rolling library ladder is sure to produce a glamorous and calming effect. Better yet, spring for a vintage library ladder to really cement that classic look in your closet. If you’re looking for a unique touch in your newly remodeled closet, a library ladder may be the perfect choice.

Try Motorized Rotating Storage Shelves

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re all about embracing new technology in the storage realm. Although we’ve all seen motorized tie racks and the like, it’s only been recently that we’ve seen some highly developed electronic rotating closet shelves. If you click on the link above, you’ll see just what some of these systems are starting to look like. Not only can a rotating shelving system increase your storage capacity, you can also start every morning pretending to be James Bond choosing his suit for the day! Innovative closet design is all about getting the most out of the space you have, making motorized shelving units a no brainer.

Open Up Your Space With See Through Shelving Or Walls

One luxury closet trend we’ve fallen in love with is see through shelving. Often crafted from Lucite, having shelving and drawers you can see through not only creates an added element of space and also allows you to easily find everything you’re looking for. Better yet, invisible shelving will give your closet a cool, futuristic look, which will surely impress all of your visitors. Many homeowners are also springing for glass doors and walls surrounding their master closet, as can be seen in the image linked to above. Like see through closet shelving, this design touch adds a luxurious feel while opening up the look in your bedroom.

When All Else Fails, Add A Chandelier 

If you’re really going for a luxury closet look, there are fewer instant fixes than installing a chandelier. Featured in many a celebrity closet, adding an elegant light fixture makes your closet feel less like storage space and more like its very own room. Although this kind of elegance isn’t for everyone, those shooting for an incredibly high-end feel can do a lot worse than a stunning chandelier. While the other ideas in the post also have a dimension of storage consideration, this one’s all about that elegant feel.

Whether you’re looking for a closet like Mariah Carey or a simply installing a better functioning pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have what you’re looking for. Contact us today to get on the fast lane towards your dream home!

Closet & Storage Concepts Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

By csc-admin - January 23rd, 2013

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[Philadelphia, PA]  —  January 23, 2013 – Closet & Storage Concepts has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 26 year old custom closet company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal idea books via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.


“Closet Design & Organization is ALWAYS in Style!”


“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Closet & Storage Concepts among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Closet & Storage Concepts, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.


About Closet & Storage Concepts

For more than 25 years, Closet & Storage Concepts has been creating custom closet designs, manufacturing, and installing custom closet solutions for closet storage, mudroom, pantry, laundry room, garage, home office and more. We pride ourselves on the ability to listen to the client and determine their specific needs. During the complimentary consultation we will measure your space, assess your wardrobe, and develop custom closet designs that give the client efficient and attractive solutions. From reach-in closet organization to a walk-in closet, our solutions are for all your closet and other storage area needs.


About Houzz

Houzz is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality.

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