Closet organizers can easily double the amount of storage space in your closet and makes finding your intended article of clothing easier since items won’t be covering up other items. Closet organizer kits also come in a wide variety of styles to match almost any decor.
Two of the most common closet organizers are wood style and wire style. You may have already seen samples of both. If not however, I’ll explain the differences and you can tell me which ones you find more useful for your needs.
Wire style organizers are the organizers that use a series of metal wire (plastic coated) shelving that is usually very open and simple. Since they are made mostly of wire, they have a lot less surface area and so are a lot less heavy. This can be great for smaller people that are trying to install them since they don’t have to lift heavy objects. Also these are very easy to use in conjunction with hangers since there is tons of space to hang hangers. Another great benefit is that these are commonly installed on a set of two common rails with several penetrations so that you can adjust the height of all of your shelves. How convenient!
Wood style organizers are very different on the other hand. They are much heavier since they are solid wood. They are more difficult to install, since they weigh more and usually come on separate rails (although you can get them on combined rails). The major benefit on the other hand is, what you sacrifice in convenience, you gain in beauty. Wood closet organizers are almost always a lot more attractive and can really enhance the look of your closet giving you the feel you’re looking for.
Wood Closet Organizers – Commonly Used Wood Material
The wood materials that go into the construction of wood closet organizers are not all created equal. There are numerous grades and types of wood that vary in strength, durability, and cost. This article provides a brief overview of some of the most common woods used in closet organization systems.
Particle board is the least expensive type of wood used in closet organizers. Particle board is an engineered wood also known as Fiberboard. It is manufactured by combining resin with scrap wood, wood chips, and even saw dust. Particleboard is a cheaper alternative to solid wood, and if untreated has a tendency to disintegrate in damp or humid environments.
To fix this problem, manufacturers often cover the surface with a plastic laminate like Melamine, which is glued to the surface. If a laminate material is not used, the surface is often painted. Closet organizers made out of particle board are often available as do-it-yourself kits online and at many home improvement stores.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Medium Density Fiberboard, often referred to as MDF, is another commonly used type of engineered wood. It is heavier and denser than Particleboard, but has similar characteristics due to its components of scrap wood and resin.
Manufacturers widely use MDF is as a construction material for closet organizers, because it is plentiful and inexpensive. A laminate material such as Melamine is often affixed to the surface for strength and durability, and has the added advantage of coming in a variety of different colors. Closet organizing systems made of MDF are available from most home improvement stores and online retailers.
Melamine closet systems are made of particleboard or MDF materials, laminated with melamine material that looks like the color and grain of real wood.
Another engineered wood used in closet organizers is plywood. It is made by gluing together numerous thin layers of wood on top of each other with the grain going in alternating directions, which makes it into very strong and stable sheets of wood.
Plywood is made of a finer decorative grade in which a thin layer of real wood laminate is glued to the surface of the wood. Closet organizer products made with Plywood are not as common as those made of particleboard and MDF and can cost 50%-80% more than those made with Particleboard or MDF. Only a few custom closet manufacturers and online retailers offer products made with plywood.
Real wood is solid wood through and through. No scrap wood, glues, or laminates, just real solid wood. Common types of wood used in closet organizers are oak, pine, birch, and maple. Solid wood is stable, strong, lasts longer, and is more beautiful than engineered wood. Solid wood is more expensive however, due to harvesting, drying, and selection of pieces that do not have defects.