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How Much Does a Custom Closet Cost?

How Much Does a Custom Closet Cost?

Homeowners dream of a custom closet that is organized and makes it easy to store clothing. Knowing the cost of a custom wardrobe will help homeowners plan their budget. But, how much does a custom closet cost?

According to HomeAdvisor and Angi, the cost of a customized closet ranges between $1,067 and $2,981, with an average cost of $2,005. This project’s cost will vary depending on several factors including the size of the closet, its type, and whether or not electrical or HVAC work is needed. This guide will help homeowners understand the cost of building a custom closet.




Factors to Consider When Calculating the Cost of a Custom Closet

The cost of installing a custom closet depends on many factors. Some of these have a greater influence than others. The most important factors for the overall cost of a project are the size and type of closet. However, there are other things to consider when budgeting.

Closet Size

The size of the closet is the most important factor in determining custom closet prices. Costs increase as the size of the closet increases. The average cost of a custom closet per square foot is between $15 and $30. This includes the cost of any construction required to build a customized closet, such as wall framing or drywall. Retrofitting an old closet may only require the installation of an organizing system. 

Closet organizers are divided into two types: wall-mount and floor-mount. The wall-mount organizers are ideal for narrow or small closets because they save space. They cost between $140 and $240 per linear foot. Floor-mount organizers range from $200 to $330 for each linear foot. The organizers are bigger and take up more room, so they cost more.

Closet Type

There are several types of custom closets that homeowners can install in their homes depending on the layout of the room. Closet remodel costs are affected by the type of closet. Costs to build a closet walk-in range from $750 up to $5,000. 

The most popular type of closet among homeowners is the walk-in. With the right storage and decor, it can have a luxurious look. 

A reach-in wardrobe is found in most bedrooms and can cost anywhere between $500 and $2,500. The reach-in closets allow homeowners to grab their clothes without having to step in. Built-in wardrobes are easier to install than stand-alone closets. Built-in wardrobes cost between $1,500 and $6,000. They feature clothing racks and storage drawers. The door fronts are seamless and usually match the trim work around them. 

Stand-alone wardrobes cost $1,000 to $3,000 and are essentially furniture pieces that store clothing and accessories. A stand-alone closet can be compared to a large armoire.

Closet Material

The cost of the materials used to build a custom closet can range from $200 up to $5,000. The least expensive option is usually plywood, which costs between $200-500. Glass costs $800-$2,500 and Melamine is more than that, at $1500-$2,500. Wood is the most costly custom closet material because it is durable and has a custom, one-of-a-kind look. Homeowners can expect to spend between $3,500-$5,000 for a wooden organization system.

Storage and Material

Storage is the most important aspect of a custom-made closet. It is possible to keep a closet functional and organized with the right storage system. Built-in shelves and storage cabinets cost between $500 to $1,500 for a custom closet. Homeowners can expect to spend between $80 and $200 on storage drawers.

The cost of wall-mounted organizers is between $140 and $250 per linear foot, while the price for floor-mounted organizers ranges from $200 to $330. The cost of a luxurious custom closet with a storage area, which is perfect for folding or laying out clothes and outfits, will range from $1,000 to $2,000. A jewelry organizer can cost $75 to $150 and a shoe shelf between $50 and $75.

Door Type

The majority of closets are equipped with a sliding door or a standard swinging door. Closet doors can be made from wood, stained, painted, or even covered in glass or mirrors. Other door options are available at different price points. The average cost of a customized closet door is between $400 and $1,000. 

The following are the prices for different types of doors:

  • Bifold door: $100-$2,000
  • Sliding door or barn door: $100-$2,500
  • Swing door: $300-$2,000
  • Louvered door: $200-$500
  • Accordion door: $200-$1,000
  • Mirrored door: $300 to $2,000
  • Pocket door: $400-$2,000
  • Glassdoor: $500-$2,000
  • Frosted glass door: $700-$2,200


Costs for installing a closet system are heavily dependent on labor. A general contractor can install custom closets for $60-$90 per hour or by a handyperson at $60-$65 per hour. For larger, more customized closet projects, homeowners will hire a general contractor. 

A general contractor is experienced in drywalling, framing, and door installation. Installing one of the best closet systems, or assembling an independent wardrobe are tasks that a handyperson can do best. A handyperson may be needed to install a closet system or assemble a stand-alone wardrobe, depending on the task. An electrician is usually $50 to $100 an hour.


Additional Costs and Considerations

There are some additional factors that can affect the cost of a custom closet. The cost of hiring an interior designer, HVAC technician, electrician, or other professionals will increase the total project.

Interior Designer Consultation

Hiring an interior designer can be a good solution for homeowners who don’t know how to design their closets. Interior design services can cost anywhere between $50 and 200 per hour or $200 to $2,000 per space. However, hiring an interior designer will ensure that the closet is both functional and beautiful. Interior designers can maximize storage space in a wardrobe by offering custom storage solutions. They will also customize the finishes.

 Hiring a professional closet organizer is another option to optimize the functionality of a wardrobe. The best home organization services can help homeowners organize their closets with storage baskets and organizers.

HVAC Installation

It may be necessary, depending on the size of the closet, to install HVAC ductwork in the area. If homeowners are modifying a space in order to install a closet, they may have to relocate or rework HVAC components. Installing or replacing HVAC ductwork costs between $10 and 20 per linear foot. A general contractor hired to install closets will be able to handle HVAC-related tasks. Otherwise, homeowners may have to hire an HVAC technician.

Electrical Work and Lighting

Most custom closet installations require some modifications to the existing electrical and lighting wiring. For an electrician, homeowners can expect to spend $40-$100 per hour or $0.20 per linear foot for new wiring. The homeowner might only install one overhead light in a reach-in wardrobe, but the electrical work could include multiple outlets, overhead lighting, and under-cabinet lighting for larger walk-ins.

Accessorize and Decorate

With personalized decor and accessories, a closet can be truly customized. The additions transform a closet into a room that you can enjoy. The following are some of the most common accessories and decor that can be added to a custom closet and their costs:

  • Furniture and seating: $500-$1,500
  • Paint for walls and ceilings: $2 to $6 per square foot
  • Wallpaper treatment: $4-$10 per square foot
  • Custom lighting: $50-$2,000
  • Standing or wall mirror: $100 to $300


Types of Custom Closets

While every closet has the same purpose—storage—not every closet is the same. Custom closets come in four different types: walk-in, reach-in, stand-alone, and built-in.


Every homeowner dreams of a customized walk-in wardrobe. A walk-in wardrobe can cost between $750 and $5,000. It is a large space with plenty of room to store clothing and accessories. Costs vary depending on whether or not walls are moved, or if an existing room is retrofitted to become a walk-in wardrobe. 

A custom walk-in wardrobe may include a vanity with mirrors and a storage island, as well as numerous clothing rods and storage drawers. Lighting in walk-in wardrobes can range from a simple overhead light to a chandelier with under-cabinet lighting or anything in between. If electrical components or walls have to be rewired, the construction required to build a closet can be quite extensive.


The reach-in wardrobe is the most common type of closet found in standard bedrooms. The cost to build a reach-in closet in a bedroom can range from $500 to $2500. Closets are basic, allowing the homeowner to reach inside and grab clothes but not go in. Costs vary depending on the type of door (sliding or bifold doors are popular) and whether built-in storage has been added. If you use the space properly, reach-in closets are a great way to store clothes, shoes, and other items. These closets should have overhead task lighting, but they don’t always.


The cost of a stand-alone closet is between $1,000 and $3,000, but it’s a piece of furniture that can be moved. These units are ideal for homeowners with limited space or renters unable to modify their property. The stand-alone units can be customized to a particular finish or hardware. You can find them at most furniture retailers, as well as in antique and vintage stores and flea markets. Installation is easiest for stand-alone wardrobes since the furniture only needs to be moved.


Built-in wardrobes can cost anywhere between $1,500 to $6,000 depending on the size and location of your room. They are an excellent option for clothing storage if you don’t have a convenient place in which to install a walled closet. The built-in wardrobes have a similar look and feel to reach-in closets without the need for drywall or framing. 

Built-in wardrobes are large furniture units that are permanently attached to surrounding walls. The built-in wardrobe can be designed to match the trim work or finishes of a room. The price varies depending on how large the unit is, as well as its finish and custom features.


Save Money on Custom Closet Costs

The following tips will help homeowners reduce the price of a custom-made closet.

  • Choose wall-mounted storage over floor-mounted. Wall-mounted storage takes up less space because it is designed to fit into smaller spaces. Storage that is floor-mounted is more expensive and bulkier than wall-mounted.
  • Keep it simple. You will have a variety of color and finish choices when building a customized closet. Choose more entry-level, basic finishes if you want to save money. Choose neutral colors and wood tones.
  • Ask for multiple quotes. It is never too early to start researching the cost of a custom closet. Compare the costs of services from at least 3 companies before making a purchase decision.


Get in Touch With Professional Custom Closet Designers and Contractors

Enhance your living space and elevate your organization to new heights with The French Refinery‘s team of exceptional custom closet designers and contractors. Discover the perfect blend of functionality and style tailored exclusively to your needs.

Our experts specialize in crafting personalized storage solutions that will transform your closets into captivating showcases of efficiency and elegance. From meticulously designing every inch to skillfully executing the installation, our professionals pay attention to every detail, ensuring a flawless result that exceeds your expectations. Embrace the art of organization and experience the joy of a clutter-free life. 

Contact The French Refinery today to embark on a transformative journey towards a custom closet masterpiece that reflects your unique personality and enhances the beauty of your home. Your dream closet awaits – let us make it a reality!

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