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State of the Closet: What's Trending in Closet Design

Plus, Valuable Statistics Closet Designers Will Want to Know

Home organization has never been more popular – especially when it comes to closets. Whether it's optimizing existing closets or reconfiguring spaces to allow for more closet space, homeowners are turning to closet designers for home storage solutions that are

functional, beautiful and easy to maintain. According to a recent study, two-thirds of American adults claim they could use more home organization products in their home.

With the increasing demand for closet storage, we at Kambium, an experienced wholesale closet and component manufacturer, are sharing some of the top trends in closet design to help you stay competitive when bidding on your next closet project.

home organization trends 2021

Creating an Island Oasis

Who says islands are just for kitchens? Increasingly, we're seeing increased demand for master closet spaces with specialty islands that provide both function and beauty. Islands are being custom-designed to serve as a one-stop shop for wardrobe essentials, including shoe racks, jewelry drawers, open shelving for handbags and drawers for foldable items to free up precious wall space.

In fact, closet islands, along with soft-close hardware, accent light, full-extension drawers, shelf racks/shoe cubbies, and jewelry tray inserts, are one of the most requested upgrades for closets, according to a 2019 study by Closets & Organized Storage.

Most Requested Closet Upgrades

Design elements can transform these islands into furniture-grade pieces from bold, modern cabinet hardware finishes to high-end marble countertops to custom cabinetry colors that make a luxe statement. It's no wonder people are adding custom closet seating to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of these closet spaces.

Starting Your Day Off Right

Great closets are right up there with coffee when it comes to getting your day off on the

right foot. In fact, one study reports that the average person spends 15 minutes a day in front of the closet. A smartly designed master closet goes a long way to feeling more organized and stress-free when you need to get up and go. Not surprisingly, a walk-in master bedroom closet is one of the top 5 most sought-after features by home buyers.

Most wanted features by homeowners

Popular closet features include retractable valet racks where one can plan the perfect outfit, a built-in ironing board that makes steaming blouses and suits a breeze and a custom pull-out hamper to reduce unsightly floor clutter. Mornings have never been so easy.

Beautifying the Home Office

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 42% of the U.S. workforce was working from home. Even with the eventual return to 'normal,' the work-from-home trend appears to be here to stay, leading homeowners to re-imagine previously underutilized spaces such as formal dining rooms for dedicated home offices or workstations. The challenge? These spaces don't typically have closets, inspiring closet designers to get creative when it comes to providing the function and organization of storage while maintaining aesthetics in a home's high traffic areas. Solutions seeing a rise in demand include using custom built-ins with features such as file cabinets, clever but beautiful storage for devices and power cords, and abundant cabinetry where work items can be neatly tucked away out of sight.

Brightening up Dark Spaces

Closet designers are shining a light on closet spaces that hold some of a homeowner's favorite items like clothes, shoes, handbags and sports apparel and equipment. New lightening technology, such as Hafele's Loox5 LED Strip Light Clip, makes it easy to illuminate spaces that aren't easily wired for electrical or exposed to natural light. Brightening these spaces makes them more accessible and user-friendly for homeowners.

Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity – Kambium, a Trusted Closet Manufacturer Serving Minnesota and the Midwest

Closet storage is great, but well-designed closet storage is next level. It's not just about adding more shelves, more rods, more built-ins - it's about making sure that closets are designed with the RIGHT features and customized options built around the needs of the homeowner and the space. Professional closet design support is critical to stand out from the competition. It begins with finding a manufacturing partner that can provide highly customized solutions that cater to your clients' unique needs and challenges while working to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends opportunities.

Let Kambium help your business take advantage of growing

opportunities in closet design and home storage. Please contact us to learn how we can help give you a competitive edge on your next closet bid.


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