Archive for the ‘Closet Solutions’ Category

Master Closet Beautifully Built

June 1st, 2012

A custom organizers dream wonderfully built

by: Sue Pike, Sr. Designer

Before Closet

“Before”  Master Closet – Lots of wasted space, no organization, not in fitting with the aesthetics of the home.

“After”  Master Closet – Beautiful floor to ceiling, fully paneled woodgrain closet with wood stained edges, wood raised panel fronts, drawers, doors, hamper and complete with double the hanging space and crown molding throughout.  Now this closet complements the home.
Upper clear Lucite doors provide more storage while adding that extra “bling” to the closet.  Stainless rods, tie, belt, and valet rods finish the accessories and shoes now displayed neatly on slanted shoe shelves.

I Love My Closet…But

March 4th, 2012

I love my Closet Factory closet…but

by: Georgia Kukoski, Designer, Closet Factory Richmond

As a Closet Factory designer, my customers tell me every day how much they love their new Closet Factory closets. Customers share that the closet has truly made a difference in their daily lives. The morning routine is less stressful because clothes, shoes and jewelry have a place and are easy to access. So when my customer emailed after her installation that she loved her closet, but . . . my heart sank. I was at the installation and our Closet Factory Installation Team had done a masterful job of installing the panels, shelves, doors and drawers. And the continuous capshelf along the angled ceiling was amazing. What could she not love about her new master closet?

I took a deep breath and continued to read the email. “Georgia, I love my new closets.  My only criticism is that I can now see that I have six sweaters that are virtually the same color (really its twelve since I have the same problem with a particular shade of blue and another shade of green).  Ignorance was bliss.”

I laughed out loud! What a great problem we created for our customer! And it made me wonder how many other customers and future customers have purchased clothes that they already have in their closet or dresser because they could not find or see them.
With a season change around the corner, save some money on clothes. You will start the spring organized and aware of all your clothes and shoes.

Give The Gift of Love!

February 7th, 2012

How about a Valentine’s Day gift, a Birthday gift, Mother’s Day gift, Father’s Day gift…of Custom Organization

by Carol Farley, Closet Factory Richmond Designer

When I arrived at my client’s home, I was given a hand drawn sketch of their teen’s dream for his closet. The challenge was to incorporate his dreams and hopes along with the allotted space. There were two wall closets in his room side by side, one had long ago been stripped of closet essentials and an old countertop had been retrofitted into the space (probably leftover from the kitchen remodel). It was an awkward space and was not being used.

Custom Organized by Closet Factory and Carol Farley

After a couple of meetings of the mind, we came up with the perfect solution. We were able to give him the hanging that he wanted, the drawers, the shoe shelves along with shelves for folded clothes behind raised panel doors with glass inserts. All this was designed to fit into the closet opening that had once housed the old countertop.

Custom built to use every inch of space

This beautiful wardrobe closet was constructed of cherry veneer raised panels doors and drawer faces, all perfectly matching his existing bedroom set. We also removed the white bi-fold doors from the other closet and constructed solid wood raised panel doors to match the wardrobe.

What a beautiful Birthday Gift for a very special teen. We installed this on his birthday and were just leaving the driveway when he arrived home!!

Client Showcase – Shoes to the power of shoes

October 18th, 2011

Maximum Shoe Storage

So you love shoes. I mean who doesn’t. You may have a weakness for Jimmy Choo! Or your closet may be lined with the who’s who of shoe designers: Kate Spade, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, and Cole Haan. Regardless of your taste for the extreme pump or simple casual slipper 0ne of the most popular custom organization issues we see day in and out is that of shoes. Designer Diane Williams recently completed a new and wonderfully custom designed closet focused on providing significant shoe and jewelry storage.

Diane said, “my client’s main objective was to get all of her shoes displayed beautifully and no longer have them hidden under the hanging clothes.”

As you can see, as a Closet Factory custom organizer Diane designed this shoe space with slanted shoe shelves that have lucite toe stops that add to the elegance of the closet. This closet is done in the color Clove, to coordinate with the hard wood floors, it has stained wood raised panel doors and drawers. As well Diane added crown molding and a granite top on her custom designed dresser with a jewelry drawer and crystal knobs.

Custom Closet Factory Jewelry Storage

Back to School – Mudroom custom organization

August 23rd, 2011

Back to school means a new year of custom organization needs. Sr. Closet Factory Designer Sue Pike just completed a new mudroom design and installation for her client. What first was an empty alcove is now organizational space for a busy family and their gear.

Space for an entire family to store their daily gear

Now, instead of a bare wall with shoes, jackets, backpacks and more piled on the floor there is a custom built, custom designed wall unit. As you see in the picture Sr. Designer Sue Pike designed this with hooks for hanging backpacks and coats, shelves for laptops and books, plus shoe storage and a place to sit. As well, she designed upper storage to hide away out of season items.

Closet Factory custom means designing a space specifically for your home. Notice in this design the trim work around the window, that’s what we call Closet Factory custom.

Give this mudroom and A+ for function and beauty this school year.

All useful, all in one place, all organized. Your one of a kind mudroom.

Learn how easily, and affordable Closet Factory makes it for you to have a custom mudroom or any other organizational space. Visit Closet Factory Richmond online or simply call 804-559-0001 for your free design consultation.

Client Showcase – A Lady’s Closet

July 29th, 2011

Many times we know that we need to get organized, but we’re not quite certain of how to get there. If you need help, call Closet Factory of Richmond. Our approach to closet design is unique. Before we ever build anything, we work with the client to gain an understanding of what the current storage challenges are and what the ultimate goal is. Then we get to work designing a closet or storage system that not only solves the customer’s problems but also reflects their personality and style. Take for instance, this closet recently designed by Sue Pike, senior designer for Closet Factory.

Sue specializes in getting families organized while paying attention to every detail and never overlooking style. This is just one of the eight closets she recently designed for a home in Kilmarnock – “Her Master” reflects simple beauty and organization.

Design Features Include:
Antique white melamine
Painted raised panels door and drawer fronts
Mirrored dresser
Crown molding
Tilt out hamper
Lucite purse dividers
Velvet lined double decker jewelry drawer
Bench seat with drawers

I agree with Sue when she said “Who would want to come out of this closet?” To create the closet of your dreams, call Closet Factory of Richmond today.


Taking The Chore Out of Laundry

July 27th, 2011

Doing laundry is a necessary chore. Whether you wait for it to pile up and do it all once a week or whether you do a small load every day, it always seems like a necessary evil. It really doesn’t have to be that way. A custom laundry room can turn a dark, unorganized space into a laundry room as stylish and functional as the rest of your home. When your work space is organized, the chore takes less time and you have more time to do what you really want to do.

Here are some features that create the perfect laundry room:

Use laundry baskets or hampers for sorting clothes.

Store laundry soaps and other cleaning supplies in cabinets or up high on shelves, out of reach of children and pets.

Create a surface space for sorting and folding clothes.

Install a rod for hanging clothes.

Install a retractable clothes line for hanging and drying delicate items.

Install a drop down ironing board that is fastened in a wall cabinet that can disappear when not in use.

Make sure you have good lighting.

Have a small trash can close at hand for disposing of dryer lint and trash from pockets.

Keep a basket or small bowl for lonely socks, loose change and odds & ends.

Custom laundry rooms can make light work of laundry. The perfect storage system will keep you organized and ultimately help cut down on the time you spend doing laundry. Shelves and cabinets will keep all your supplies organized and extra accessories like pull out baskets are perfect for sorting clothes and storing linens.

Lessen your load with a laundry room designed by Closet Factory of Richmond. Call and schedule a consultation with one of our designers.


Features of A Great Closet

July 22nd, 2011

Have you always dreamed of having the perfect walk in closet? A room that could house all of your clothes plus your many accessories? At Closet Factory of Richmond, we know that everyone uses their closet differently which is why we build custom closets that cater to the individual storage needs of our clients.

When thinking about designing your dream closet, there are some features that you will want to consider:

Maximizing Vertical Space – A good closet design will not waste one inch of space. If you live in a home with tall ceilings, make sure your closet takes advantage of your vertical space with hanging rods for out of season clothes or shelves for storage.

Seating – Add a chair or bench to your closet. It’s a great place to sit while putting on or taking off your shoes or just contemplating what to wear for the day.

Jewelry Drawer – A drawer designed to house your jewelry is a great feature. Jewelry drawers are typically velvet or felt lined and come with the option of adding a security lock.

Other Features:

Good Lighting – Since most closets lack natural lighting, they are often poorly lit. Pay attention to the lighting in your closet. Install recessed lighting or even a small chandelier that can provide bright light. You want to make sure you can see what you are putting on!

Ironing Board – This is the ultimate in efficiency. With a pull-out ironing board closet feature, your iron is right at your fingertips making it easy to touch up your shirt or tackle your basket of wrinkled clothes.


Reasons To Own A Murphy Bed

July 20th, 2011

We all want to live in a space that is both functional and beautiful. In recent years as the housing market has been on a downward trend, homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes, but are looking for ways to increase their living space within the confinement of their existing walls. One solution is a Murphy bed. This unique design makes use of your space in an efficient, flexible manner.

Also known as closet beds, fold away beds, hideaway beds, or beds-in-a-closet, these space saving beds make any room in your home more flexible and spacious. With the bed in its closed position, the Murphy bed looks like an entertainment center or cabinetry. The unit is built like a piece of quality furniture and the bed is designed for comfort and durability. You can choose from a wide variety of styles and material to match your home’s décor.

The Murphy bed is perfect for use in an apartment. The unit is almost like having another bedroom, but only when you need it. Use the space to work in, study in, exercise in or just relax. When the time comes that you need extra sleeping space, you have it available.

More and more people are choosing to work from home and need a designated space for their at-home office. The Murphy bed unit is ideal. It allows homeowners the flexibility to turn that spare bedroom into a study or work space most of the time, but the guest bed is always available.

Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a wall bed. Talk to Closet Factory of Richmond about a Murphy bed for your home.


Client Showcase – The Garage Make-Over

July 15th, 2011

As a senior designer for Closet Factory of Richmond, Sue Pike understands the challenge active families have of getting organized. She recently helped a family organize their garage after years of living with the classic garage clutter. Because the garage is the dumping ground for everything going in and coming out of the house, organization in this one area can have a huge impact on keeping the entire family organized.

Sue says the reasons to organize your garage are many. “You will open the garage door and immediately feel the sense of order, cleanliness, and organization that you want to end your day or begin your weekend with. You will spend time doing the fun and relaxing things that you enjoy because everything is now in its place and easily accessed and inventoried.”

The design elements of this garage make-over include:

Classic White Melamine with 3mm edgebanding
Covered garage base and trim molding
Extruded Aluminum door handles
Ebony Fusion laminate countertops
Full extension drawers
White Slat Wall and accessories

Customize your garage to store and organize what matters to your family. If you want his and hers tool closets, we can build it. If you want storage for your vintage car parts, we can handle it. If you want a gardening station with sink, we can make it. Because all of our organization systems are designed for each client, you get exactly what your family wants. Unique organizational solutions for unique people.