Needing a Closet Makeover? Who to Call on the North Shore

Real Estate Agent with Baird & Warner Real Estate

 Everything you wanted to know about Winnetka & North Shore Closet Organizers 2019)


A closet with a single hanging rod isn't much use to us nowadays.  Utilizing every last inch of that space is critical unless you want your clothes strewn all over the floor.  If your closet reminds you of this messy cable box, it's time for some work.


messy cable box


Many of our high-end homes here in the North Shore villages of Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Glencoe, and Northfield have closets as large as bedrooms.  They are beautifully outfitted with shelves, drawers, rods, bins, chandeliers, and center islands.  While most of us don't have that kind of space, we still want to have an efficient closet with decent space for everything.

It may have started with California Closets, the company that was the first "go-to" closet organizer. Now there are dozens of local places that can help, including big-box stores like Container Store that sell do-it-yourself closet organizing systems.

Don't limit your organization plans just to your master closet - all these companies also do kitchen pantries, media units, bookshelves, offices, laundries, mud rooms, and garages.






Closet Works - 800-4-CLOSET

Closet Works will come to your home for a consultation, then design, fabricate, and install your closets. They also have a showroom if you would like to go in and see samples of finished products and materials.  They are located at 2112 N. Clybourn in Chicago.  (4.5 star Yelp review)


Creative Closets & Storage - 312-388-8420

Free consultation and quotes - their website claims they have very competative pricing. Good reviews on Yelp and they are also listed on Angie's List.  (5 star Yelp review)


Perfection Custom Closets - 847-647-6461

Perfection has a showroom at 7183 N. Austin in Niles as well as a team of designers to help you design your closets. Free consultation - they will then design, build, and install your custom closet. (5 star Yelp review)


California Closets - 847-398-9350

They have a showroom at 740 N. Waukengan, Deerfield 

California Closets starts with a 1-hour complimentary consultation at your home.  They will create a virtual model of your desired closet with their proprietary 3-D software.  After approval, they will build and install your new closet. 


Closets by Design 888-500-9215

This is a toll-free number, but Closets by Design has a presence (but not a showroom) in Addison IL and will put you in contact with a local designer.  The designer meets with you at your home, measures the space, discusses design options, helps you choose materials, designs the layout, and gives you a quote. They often have discounts of 30-50% so be on the lookout for coupons. Google Review:  (4 star Yelp review)


Everything Closets - 888-828-8280

A consultation can be set up with Everything Closets either at your home or in their custom showroom. You will receive a draft layout and after it and the estimate are approved, they will build and install your closet system. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, they can provide you with a 1-hour installation instruction in their showroom. Showroom located at 7344 N. Milwaukee in Niles. (4 1/2 star Yelp review)


Inspired Closets - 888-248-1233

Their website has an "idea gallery" where you can see sample closets with price ranges. Great tool to get a handle on the budget.  They consult, design, prepare, and install. You can also visit their showroom at 1s 550 IL Route 83, Space B, Oakbrook Terrace (5 star Yelp review)


Chicagoland Custom Closets - 773-301-9994

Complimentary in-home consultation plus they have live chat on their website. They say they will beat anyone's price and have life-time guarantees. They're big into recycling as much as they can.  They have a showroom at 5352 W. Devon in Chicago. (5 star Yelp review)


The Container Store - 847-559-8222

The Container Store sells their elfa Custom Closets and Storage system which is completely customizable.  This product can be used to design closets, pantries, wall units, bookshelves, craft room, drawer systems, door rack systems, garages, and utility rooms. Since most of the work is done by the consumer, this is by far the most cost effective system.  Store located at 101 Skokie Blvd in Northbrook at the Village Square Mall. 


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Comments (1)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Margaret... I'm a closet organizer from way back when... and I mean from the 1970's when the first organization systems started coming out. It was a necessity in small NYC apartments will limited storage space. I find few things as relaxing as cleaning out and reorganizing my closets.

Jul 27, 2017 10:59 AM
Margaret Goss

I can't say I like doing it - but I like the feeling after it's done!

Jul 27, 2017 11:02 AM