• Wendy Stites Scott

Can I install it myself?

Updated: Aug 19, 2018

The short answer is yes. There are always pros and cons to everything. For the experienced DIY'er or Contractor, this may be the right path for you.


Pro - save money (keep in mind you then pay tax and delivery, as well as determining needed parts if purchasing from a big box)

Pro - you know who is in your home

Pro - pride

Con - you are now responsible for measuring and mistakes

Con - time (a licensed installer can do it in a fraction of the time)

Con - design (in most cases you are responsible for this, do you know standards and how to treat corners, proper hanging heights etc?)

Con - curbside delivery (most companies will drop ship, not carry into your home)

Con - onsite alterations (do you know how to cut a piece without damaging?)

Con - proper tools needed

Con - do you know what you are doing?

Con - different material (big boxes use 5/8" that can peel, custom shops use 3/4" thermo-fused material)


There are more Pros and Cons that could be listed, but these are just a small sampling of some important thoughts to consider.

Again, it can be done. I installed my first personal custom closet myself using a DIY kit from Home Depot. I spent many trips going back for additional parts and altering. It looked "ok" when I was done, and was a huge improvement. However, when I was doing a small remodel in my home I threw it all out and did it the right way. I used a custom company. My closet looked so good, I kept the doors off for two weeks until my husband got irritated. The material quality was noticeably better, and it was installed in a short amount of time.

If you are still interested in the DIY closet, there are several options. Most Big Box stores carry kits and several custom companies will sell you parts. Just make sure you do your homework first!

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