The bigger the closet, the bigger the budget.

And it goes beyond just additional material costs.

As clients add square footage for closet space, they often demand even more from the space. It’s no longer just double hang, long hang and shelves. Now there are media stations and task lighting and custom divided spaces so their closet looks like their favorite boutique.

It all comes at a price.

How do you discuss that price? And what’s included in it.

This conversation and this project go beyond installing a closet system. There’s design. There’s engineering. There’s manufacturing. There’s installation. There’s even (sometimes) mis-calculation. But back to budget.

I tell people that the retail price for a simple white melamine closet with shelves and hanging (no drawers, no doors, short panel hanging system) averages between $100 and $150 per linear foot. So if you have an 8 X 10 walk-in closet and you’re installing on three walls, you add up that footage and do the math.

For example, if you add 8 feet and 10 feet and 8 feet, you get 26 linear feet(you could also subtract out 4 feet because of the way the corners are utilized).

At 26 linear feet the closet price should land somewhere between $2600 and $3900.

At 22 linear feet, you’re at $2200 - $3300.

Take that same closet and add doors and drawers and accessories. Make it a wood tone melamine. Now you’re talking about a closet that prices out over $10,000.

Do this closet in a stained oak or cherry wood and you’re over the $20,000 mark.

Having discussions like that early on in a consultation give clients a much more informed perspective as they share their wish list and “must have’s”.

So how do you discuss a budget for a project like this? And how do you do that before putting pen to paper and fingers to keypad in your design software? How do you avoid allocating multiple hours to designing a project that someone might buy? How do you avoid a client gasping in shock when you present the pricing and design proposal to them?

All good questions. And ones that will be answered “live” during a special session called “Boutique Inspired Closet Design” on Tuesday, April 9th. I’m going to share with you not only design insights and ideas for this highly custom space, but how to assess what the client wants and ways it can work within project parameters, as well as budget issues.

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