Easy Closet System Review
Today I’m sharing my review of the closet system I got for the closet in my nursery. The video also includes a mini nursery tour. I recorded this a few weeks ago right after we installed the system. The nursery is now pretty much completely ready, and I’ll be sharing more updates on it later.
Also, this post is not sponsored in any way. Easy Closets doesn’t even know I exist. I’m just sharing my honest opinion of them, because I had hard time figuring out what closet system to choose.
We started in this closet with a fairly blank canvas. I knew wanted to keep the shelf in the very top, but there was nothing else there. Also, our closets aren’t framed out which gives us access to the top easily. It took me forever to decide what closet system I wanted.
I first considered Elfa from the Container Store. However, I think they would be even more expensive, and they didn’t seem to have a lot of options for a 4 foot wide closet. (It didn’t look like I could divide it in half at all. Therefore, Elfa was out!
Next, I considered Freedom Rail by Schulty. I still think it looks like a very good system that is very similar to Elfa. The deal breaker there was how difficult it was to try to order. The online system wouldn’t allow me to customize it quite the way I needed it.
When I saw a commercial for EasyClosets.com, I ordered one the next day. Here’s my thoughts on the various aspects of the closet and ordering experience:
Ease of Ordering: A+ This is ultimately why I ended up choosing this brand. Ordering was pretty easy and I was able to customize exactly how I wanted it. They also allow you to call them so they can help you set up your system.
Speed of Shipping: A+ Their shipping is free and they ship the next day! When it arrives depends on where you live, I think. I ordered on Sunday night and received it on Wednesday.
Packaging: C- This was on of their worst flaws. They did have a lot of the items packaged pretty thoroughly, but didn’t have a lot of padding on top of the shelves. Therefore, all three of the main side boards had a crack down the middle when we got them!
Customer Service: A When we saw the damage, I called them. They asked me to send a photo of the damage, and overnighted new parts the next day. While I wasn’t thrilled about the damage, I was happy they fixed it so quickly and easily.
Ease of Installation: B- Let me start by saying that I am so not a handy person when it comes to installing things. There is a very good reason why I went to school from electrical engineering instead of mechanical engineering! Not only am I not stellar at installing things, but I really don’t enjoy power tools in the least, which makes the whole situation worse. Fortunately, my husband is at least average when it comes to those sorts of things, so the installation job was primarily his task. He did need a little help from me to hold things. There is only one back support piece that actually gets drilled into the wall. However, it made me nervous because it’s holding nearly 90 pounds with just the system for our four foot wide closet! That said, it does seem to be really sturdy! Also there was a unique system for anchoring the main support to the wall. We got the closet all installed Friday night. Saturday morning I sat down at my desk which is on the other side of the closet wall and noticed a hole with something protruding! Two of of the metal things had gone entirely through the wall! Part of that may be that our walls are not super thick, but it certainly wasn’t ideal. However, a few of them did hold, so we still feel it’s safe and sturdy.
Ease of Configuration and Adjusting Things: C+ I would say one weakness of this system compared to Elfa or Freedom Rail is that it would take a little extra effort to adjust the height of a rod or shelf. The shelfs are secured underneath with a cam lock system, so you’d need to get a screwdriver and undo that in order to move it. Not a huge deal or anything, but the other systems are super easy to adjust. The trade off is that I think these shelves are even sturdier.
Overall Look: A The overall finished look of this closet (since it has actual shelf sides) is definitely really nice. It almost doesn’t even look like a closet.
Overall, I’m very happy with how it turned out, although I was biting my nails during the installation process. If I had another closet, I might try Freedom Rail or Elfa to see how I like a system that is lighter without the sides and so super easily adjustable.
Here’s my video review with a bonus tour of the nursery:
What’s your favorite closet system? Have you tried EasyClosets.com?
Just a heads up, the link isn’t working. But I am savvy enough to just type it in! 🙂
LauraJane SaysPost author
Thanks for the heads up – I fixed it.
melle e Says
First, let me say congratulations on Miss Savannah! She’s darling! Lots of babies are still smushy and best up at 4-5 days but she’s just beautiful!
Also… The little nursery is adorable! Now for the meaty part of my comment. 🙂
Do you like the system or not? You say some positive things, then back it up with “I’m not too crazy about that” or “I don’t like this….”. It kind of sounds like you have it and don’t have enough options to change it but you don’t actually like it and possibly even wish you hadn’t gotten it. 🙁
Just some encouragements about your system. Even though you have to loosen the cam locks and that’s an extra step, in a year you’ll love that your toddler can’t pull shelves out on herself. Because she will be trying to pull them out. Along with all of her drawers that don’t have drawer stops. And everything else she can reach to rearrange and empty. lol
Those very substantial supports holding it in a very toddler-inviting closet with no doors? The cam locks on the shelves? Right now you seem to be looking at these as negatives because they mean extra work for you…. But, especially as you can’t close off the closet door to discourage toddler climbing and exploration, they really are making this system safer than you can imagine! (Also, really…. How likely are you to be adjusting the shelves all the time–unless that’s just “your thing”? Probably only once a year, if that, as her clothing sizes change dramatically.)
I don’t know if you’ve ever known anyone who has lost a young toddler due to closet/clothing storage collapsing on them, but I have close friends who’s child didn’t survive. Even when closed and out of site, closet systems (and bookcases, dressers, etc!) are very inviting to youngsters learning how to climb and get around quickly while mom’s gone to the restroom. The last thing you want is to be washing your hands and hear the ripping and crash as shelving bolts get pulled out of sheetrock and baby, shelves, and everything on them crash to the ground…. Even if it’s just minor injuries like scrapes, scratches, a broken arm or leg, they are preventable with all those extra bolts and cams.
(SIDE NOTE: please mom’s and dads!!! Secure and tether everything to a wall securely!!! It really IS life and death! The inconvenience is more convenient than the possible options in an accident!)
To me, all those extra supports and shelves that don’t budge easily for you? (Even those that went right through the wall to wave at you in your office!) They’re screaming “yay for safety!” at me.
Maybe you don’t mean it as negative as you sound, but from the video especially it felt like I heard more that you didn’t like it than that you did… If I was going from your review alone and not really paying close attention to what your complaints were…. (Extra work for you to rearrange shelves, your home having thin wall construction, etc) I would take this completely off my radar. And while I have no experience with this system myself and it may be a complete pain in the derrier ( I’ve never heard of them), we live in a 100+ yr old house with afterthought closets where walls have been built into the alone roof line; I’ve got them pulled up in another tab already to investigate. They might be perfect for us!
Anyway. I’m not sure if you actually hate it as much as it sound like you do. If you do, that’s fine. If it’s actually a good system, you might want to make that a touch clearer though! Lol
Either way, thanks for the review! Another system for us to consider. We haven’t found ANY yet that work because of the height requirements/restrictions on all of them. (Apparently it’s universally assumed that your closet WILL NOT have a 45° angle ceiling and WILL be taller than 5’11” at it’s highest little point. At the top of that 45° angle! Lol silly closet designers. don’t they know houses aren’t standard? Hehe.
LauraJane SaysPost author
Thanks! I didn’t give a clear would get this again or not partly because I’ve never actually tried other systems so it’s hard to say how it compares. I do feel like it’s sturdy, so that’s good. Sounds like a challenge to find a system for an angled ceiling.