Come Out of the Closet – Tastefully

Knowing what your closets are made of is essential if you want quality that lasts.

You know you want it, and so do we, because we constantly hear from customers about wanting fine attention to detail when creating a custom closet or other storage solutions to exact specifications. People with discerning tastes and an eye for quality want storage solutions and closets designed to fit the space they have, to make it functional, and yet still look attractive. They don’t want something that is mass designed on the basis of what ‘might’ go in a room and ‘perhaps’ look good.

Quality is the watchword every consumer needs to be aware of when it comes to how closets are made. In particular, you don’t want something that is slapped together using what the industry calls “particleboard.” You might know particleboard by another name – chipboard – if you live in another part of the world, but that’s the best description of how it is made. Particleboard is an engineered product made from wood chips, shavings from a sawmill, some sawdust and a binder to make it all stick together. As you might imagine, this is not the strongest material.

You might also wonder why on earth anyone would make furniture or closets out of particleboard. The answer is because it’s cheaper. However, that old adage about getting what you pay for is quite relevant here. Particleboard is highly susceptible to expanding and turning a funny shade of brown when it’s exposed to moisture, or not covered with paint, etc. Most often it’s used when cost is a price point factor.

However, if you would rather have quality, then the best choice for longevity, looks, durability and craftsmanship is to choose all wood construction. While your choice may not be the least expensive on the market, a product that is made without cutting corners, that integrates top quality hardware, and is lovingly crafted by highly skilled carpenters will do you and your living space proud.

If you want fine details incorporated into your designs, then look for a company that pays attention to the little things that make a big difference to the customer. Don’t settle for less or for second best just because saving money is a priority. If you invest in good closets and storage facilities now, they will withstand the test of time and you won’t be replacing them any time soon. Also consider the resale value of your home. If you have custom designed closets and space that is functional as well as highly appealing, the show value of your home increases exponentially.

James Talarchyk is with Tampa closet and Tampa custom closet maker Bearcreek Closets. To learn more about custom closet systems or custom home office systems, visit

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