Closet space is a perpetual challenge if you care about clothes. I've often re-told the story of the closet of John Seabrook, whose hundreds of jackets hung on a conveyor system that ran from his bedroom through the ceiling and into an attic filled with his clothes.
Effective closet systems can significantly increase available storage space. A conventional 48 square foot walk-in closet with a shelf and a hanger bar provides, on average, 20 linear feet of hangar space. A closet system will usually double hanging space to 40 linear feet, and double the available shelf space as well.
According to Cher Ten Hoeve of Seattle's Closets Etc., closet design has its own made to measure vs. bespoke controversy. She reports that many closet companies save money but waste space by specifying shelves and drawers cut in standard widths (12", 24", 30", and 36").
"For example, men's shoes generally run 9"-10" wide per pair so a 24" shelf is a poor use of space," says Ten Hoeve. "By adding 3" of width per shelf and making it 27" wide, I can fit three pair of shoes side by side. It costs a little more but you get much more capacity, and that's what custom closets are all about," she said.
Open shelves are not the best solution for other kinds of storage either. Sized cubbyholes keep stacks of shirts and sweaters from wrinkling when the garment above or below them is removed. Glass doors reduce dust, and that is important for infrequently worn items.
When evaluating partners to customize a clothes storage space, look for the representative that inventories what you own and plan to acquire, and then proposes a solution that fits as well as a bespoke suit.