How Much Does It Cost to Install Closet Organizers?

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$711 - $2,568

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Updated August 11, 2022

Reviewed by Andy Kilborn, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.

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Installing closet organizers can cost anywhere between $711 and $2,568, with a national average cost of $1,635. Closet organizers help you maximize storage space, add value to your home, and keep your belongings tidy and organized. 

The cost of closet organizers varies significantly, from budget-friendly prefab closet organizers you install yourself to high-end custom units with lighting and extras that require the expertise of a professional closet builder or local handyperson.

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National Average $1,635
Typical Range $711 - $2,568
Low End - High End $160 - $5,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,567 HomeAdvisor members.

Closet Organizer Prices

When it comes to closet organizers, there's a considerable amount of choice. Complete prefabricated systems are the most affordable whole-closet organizers. But if you're working on a tight budget or only want to organize part of your space, you can set up your own organization system, with individual parts starting at $10.

To add financial value to your home, choose custom wooden closet organizers that cost around $700 to $6,500, depending on the size, complexity, and wood type.

Closet Organizer Unit Average Cost Range for Materials
Prefab closet system $200 – $700
Custom closet system $700 – $6,500
Electric closet system $900 – $1,800
Shelving $10 – $1,100
Miscellaneous insert $5 – $100
Drawer $15 – $150
Cabinet $65 – $800
Wire closet organizer $100 – $300
Metal closet organizer $100 – $300
Plastic closet organizer $100 – $350
Wooden closet organizer $200 – $6,500

Closet Organizer Installation Costs

A professional handyperson with the skills to install a quality closet organizer charges anywhere from $60 to $90 per hour. Full custom closet organizer installations take up to eight hours and cost around $480 to $720.

Smaller installations, such as inserting a few shelves or drawers, take only an hour or less, but many pros have a minimum fee. For example, if a job only takes 20 minutes, you'll still likely pay for at least an hour of their time. If you hire a handyperson, make the most of their time by giving them several small jobs to take care of.

“There’s a wide range of styles and designs for closet organizers available, which comes with a wide range of installation complexity,” says Andy Kilborn, Angi Expert Review Board member and owner of Andy's Handyman Service in Des Moines, IA. “Determine your budget, then identify the best fit for you. Many pros will give you free quotes of several styles if you need some direction,” says Kilborn.

Closet Organizer Cost by Type

The biggest cost, quality, and value factor for closet organizers is your chosen product type. Prefabricated organizers are affordable, simple, and convenient, while custom and electric systems cost more but add more resale value to your property and provide a high-end look.

Prefab Closet Systems

Prefab closet systems cost between $200 and $700 for the materials, plus labor at $60 to $90per hour. These organizers take up to four hours to install, so the total cost for parts and labor can be $440 to $1,060.

While costs are lower and two people with basic DIY skills can tackle prefab organizers, they tend to be of lower quality—typically medium-density fiberboard board (MDF) with a laminate coating—are less durable than other options, and aren't customizable.

Custom Closet Systems

Custom closet systems cost anywhere from $700 for a basic custom unit using wire or plastic inserts to $20,000 for a large, high-end wood installation. What features you want and how big the closet also impact how much you'll pay. On top of that, expect to spend at least eight hours on labor. A standard custom closet project costs around $2,000, with all prices factored in.

Electric Closet Systems

Electric closet systems cost approximately $900 to $1,800 plus up to eight hours of labor for installation, wiring, and setup. This puts the total cost between $1,380 and $2,520. These systems connect to your smartphone or work by remote control and let you choose your clothes without digging through your closet.

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Closet Organizer Cost by Part

If you don't need a whole organizer or you want to create something customized but ready-made, you can purchase and install individual parts. There are various options for products to use in your closet organizer. You'll find costs associated with the most common items below.

Most of these you can easily install yourself. If you choose to hire a pro, add at least an hour's labor to the cost of each item. The most economical way of having individual items installed professionally is to have multiple items fitted simultaneously so you may get six or more separate parts installed for just one hour's labor.

Cost to Install Closet Shelving 

Budget-friendly closet shelving starts at around $6 to $10 for single wire or plastic shelves. As the quality and size increase, so does the price. Wooden shelves cost up to $80, not including labor costs. If you have six individual prefab shelves installed in your closet, expect to pay approximately $70 to $170.

If you're paying for the cost of built-in shelving, you'll pay more than prefab ones in labor costs because the installation process is more involved and requires some remodeling. MDF built-in shelves cost around $300, while high-end glass ones typically cost $1,100, plus labor. You'll likely pay for at least four hours of work, so the total cost for built-in shelves can range from $540 to $1,460.

Closet Insert Cost

Closet inserts include any small storage system that helps to organize and optimize your closet space. They include:

  • Tie rack: $10–$30

  • Jewelry organizer: $10–$55

  • Hanger rods: $5–$15

  • Hooks: $5–$35

  • Laundry hamper: $15–$90

  • Storage bin: $10–$50

These require minimal—if any—installation. However, if you require help, installing these simultaneously is a good idea to minimize costs.

Closet Drawer Cost

Closet drawers are useful and let you keep items tidy and out of sight. Wire, plastic, and MDF are the most affordable, starting at $15 per drawer. Wood, glass, and metal are the most expensive, costing up to $120 per drawer. Allow at least an hour for the installation of one to three drawers, which puts the total cost to install three drawers between $110 and $450.

Closet Cabinet Cost

Closet cabinets split up large unused space into smaller, practical storage areas. Open-faced cube cabinets are among the most common and are often used for shoe storage or adding storage bins. You can also choose cabinets with doors to keep things neat. Prices vary significantly, from $65 for a small plastic prefab cube cabinet to $800 for a wooden 15-cabinet unit.

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Closet Organizer Cost by Material

Closet organizers are available in a range of different materials that impact their look, durability, functionality, and cost.

Wire Closet Organizer Cost

As you won't need DIY installation, expect to pay around $100 to $300 for a prefab wire closet organizer you install yourself. Wire closet organizers are one of the most affordable and straightforward to install. They're highly customizable, with many different individual inserts and setups available. They're also utilitarian and practical but not overly visually appealing or durable. 

Metal Closet Organizer Cost

You'll pay between $160 and $480 for a metal closet organizer and installation with two hours of labor. Metal closet organizers are somewhat more durable than wire. While it won't add as much value to your home or make as much of an impact as higher-value materials, metal is a good middle-of-the-road option. 

Plastic Closet Organizer Cost

Plastic closet organizers aren't the most durable option, but they're lightweight, easy to install yourself, and available in a wider choice of colors and styles than wire or metal. A plastic prefab system costs around $100, while a complete system or basic unit where you can add many individual inserts, shelves, and cabinets costs around $350. You typically don’t need to install this closet organizer type.

Wooden Closet Organizer Cost

Wood closet systems are elegant and luxurious, so they're naturally more expensive than other options. They're long-lasting and durable, and you can add drawer fronts and cabinet doors to keep your apparel and accessories tidied away. These organizers also require more labor, particularly if you're going with a custom wood system. In this case, you can pay for up to eight hours of labor, which puts the total cost of a wooden closet organizer between $680 and $7,220.

If wooden closet systems are too pricey for your budget, “there’s a new style that’s becoming more popular,” says Kilborn. “It's a combination of wire and wood. The cost for a typical wire and wood closet ranges from $800 to $3,000, depending on the brand and accessories.”

Laminate Closet Organizer Cost

Laminate closet organizers cost between $300 and $1,000, making laminate one of the more expensive materials alongside wood. However, laminate often looks more high-end compared to plastic or metal and comes in ready-to-assemble kits you can construct yourself. However, if you want a custom option with help from a pro, expect to pay for at least two hours of labor, putting your total cost at approximately $420 to $1,180.

Closet Organizer Cost Factors

Cost factors include your chosen material, whether you want a prefab or custom organizer, if you want to build your own system from individual inserts, and more. You'll also need to think about repairs, upgrades, and extra features.

Closet Lighting

Adding lighting to your closet enhances the space both for practicality and aesthetics. Choose from an automatic, sensor, or manual lighting. Simple sensor lights start at around $10 each, while recessed lights require some remodeling and start at $130 each.

Closet Door Replacement

Once your organizer system is complete and you decide to replace the closet door to give it a fresh look that matches its new interior, expect to pay anywhere from $80 for a plain white MDF door to $2,000 for a rare reclaimed wood door.

Closet Flooring

Closet flooring further enhances the space, making it a cohesive part of the wider room and helping complete the project. There are many closet flooring options, and prices vary significantly. Here are the most popular:

Closet Painting

Hiring a painter costs around $20 to $50 per hour, or $2 to $6 per square foot. But pro painters generally have a minimum fee, so you may want to get several small paint jobs done at the same time or forgo hiring a pro and do the job yourself instead.

Hiring a Closet Organizer

Hiring a professional organizer costs $55 to $65 per hour on average. Professional organizers help you optimize your storage space, declutter, and create a relaxing, ordered closet.

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Closet Accessory Prices

A variety of closet accessories help fight clutter by grouping like items together. From storage bins to shoe racks, here are some closet accessories to consider as you plan out and budget for your closet organization project.

Baskets and Storage Bins

Storage bins and baskets typically range in cost from as little as $2 to as much as $110 each. Simple plastic storage bins cost the least, while more expensive options are made of stylish materials like seagrass, wicker, or fabric.

Rods

Closet rods provide space to hang clothing, bags, purses, or even shoes with the right hanging solution. Rods typically cost around $3 to $22 per linear foot. Hangers cost another $7 to $25 for a 10-pack, but you may be able to save by buying in bulk.

Tie Rack

A tie rack makes a great solution for hanging up ties, keeping them from wrinkling and keeping your closet looking tidier. They cost $8 to $43 on average.

Shoe Rack

A shoe rack costs around $10 to $60 per unit, though the price can reach as much as $400 for large shoe storage shelves and cabinets. On the lower end, you can find small plastic shoe racks for a few pairs of shoes, and on the high end are larger shoe racks made of more durable materials like wood.

Closet Organizer Costs by Brand

There are a variety of closet organizer brands out there to fit any budget, each offering different quality and function. Here are a few of the most well-known that homeowners trust:

Closet Organizer Brand Average Cost Range
Rubbermaid $100 – $130
EZ Shelf $130 – $400
Dotted Line $130 – $1,200
Closet Evolution $130 – $1,400
ClosetMaid $190 – $3,000
Allen + Roth $250 – $1,000
The Container Store (Elfa) $500 – $2,700
California Closets $800 – $4,000

Cost to Install a Closet Organizer Yourself

You can install basic closet organizers yourself without many skills or special tools, so you'll save up to $90 per hour in labor costs. Installing the organizing system yourself lets you create a truly custom space. Wire, plastic, and metal models are relatively simple to install and don't require professional intervention.

DIY vs. Hire a Pro Closet Installer

Installing a basic wire, metal, or plastic organization system in your closet is generally straightforward, and you'll only need a few common tools like a screwdriver and drill. However, if the installation goes wrong, you can cause significant damage to your closet, which will be costly to repair.

If you're confident in your DIY skills and have the tools and the time, you can install your organizer system yourself. However, if you want a custom-built wooden closet organizer, it's advisable to hire a professional closet builder near you.

FAQs

Do closet organizers increase home value?

Yes, installing a closet system enhances the look of your room and gives more storage space, potentially making your home more attractive to buyers who may be willing to pay a little more. High-end installations with lights, flooring, electrical, or automatic components add greater resale value to your property.

Are closet organizers worth it?

Yes, closet organizers are worth it, and there are prefab and custom models suitable for any budget. These storage solutions help keep your room orderly and tidy and let you easily find your clothes, shoes, and jewelry.

What’s the best material for closet shelves?

Wooden closet shelves are typically the most sturdy and best-looking material for closet shelves. However, every homeowner has their own personal preference and budget, with a variety of options to pick from, including plastic, laminate, and wire.

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