The finished product is very good looking - much better than those available at the Big Box stores. The instructions for installation were very clear and, if followed carefully, work nicely. Installation is a bit tedious and time consuming. Locating studs is imperative and a level is indispensable.
The quality of the organizer is good; however, it does not hold/organize that much. If you look at the picture with this item, you will see there are only six dresses hanging in the closet ... where do you put the rest of the clothes if you are sharing a closet?
This was much more difficult and time consuming to put together than you would of thought. We finally hired a handyman to put it in and it took him 8 hours. It is very nice, sturdy and looks good, but would of been much cheaper to buy one we could of done easily ourselves.
We have just built a new home with mahogany floors. I wanted something that would compliment those floors -- this closet was the solution! It is elegant, and gets lots of compliments. My only complaint is that the rod is stained wood, and has already shown a propensity to scratch. It is something I should have expected, but it just hurt my heart the first time I placed a clothes hanger over the rod and noticed it mar. On the otherhand, once the clothes are in the closet, who will notice except me? We have installed closets in the past, so installation wasn't that hard at all. Yes, it helps to have a power saw to make clean cuts. Find the studs to secure the brackets to the wall and you don't have to worry about a closet falling.
These closet organizers fill a gap in the available products for closet organizing - between the white wire and pressed board laminates and the out-of-reach-too-expensive-for-most-people custom units. They look high-end, the wood quality is just adequate and the hardware is just adequate -- but all together the end result is very pleasing, looks great and feels sturdy. Installing them is a job for someone that knows their way around a few power tools and has a little experience in finish carpentry. One tip, whatever you do, find some studs to anchor to - the wallboard anchors don't work! Still in the end I am very pleased with the results. Good product if you can do the work.
This product is all that it claims to be. Solid wood great finish. As with all previous reviews easy to install the only thing that takes time is figuring out your configuration once that is done its just cut to length and install. Comes with everything needed including a pen to hide the nicks that you may create while cutting or installing. I plan to get one of these for every closet in my home. Searched for months and this is the best product and price anywhere.
We recently installed the John Louis Standard Red Mahogany Closet System in our home and I am pleased with the look and function of the unit. If you are a prospective buyer, here are the things that might be of interest to you as you consider making this purchase. First, if you want it to be structurally sound and look like it does in the picture, you will need some degree of proficiency in basic woodworking and design layout. The system comes with diagrams which lay out a 10 foot closet system, and you will need to modify both the diagram and components of the system to fit your closet (unless your closet is 10 feet wide, then you’re set). The system is made of pine (mahogany stain), so it is forgiving to work with, but the cuts need to be precise and square. Secondly, I have a slight concern over the way the clothes rods attach to the shelves. Don’t get me wrong, overall it is a solid unit. I would be apprehensive about allowing your kid to use it as a ladder, but it can easily support the usual stuff you put in a closet. But the rods are clearly the engineering weak point. The rods are connected to the bottom of the shelf with a wooden bracket. This bracket is secured using one screw in the shelf and one screw in the rod. It is a soft wood and not a very big screw. There are plenty of brackets and plenty of screws, so you could use more, but that means less space on the rod to hang clothes and it is not as aesthetically pleasing. Despite my apprehension, my wife hung her clothes in the unit and nothing has come crashing down, so maybe these guys know just what they are doing. But for my own piece of mind, when I do it again (yes, we just bought another one), I’m going to use wood glue at the connection points. In sum, if you have some minimal woodworking skill, or you can hire someone who does, you will enjoy the look and function of this closet system.
But I still give it five stars. I live in a prewar building with plaster walls/ceilings. It took a bit longer to install since the walls aren't even, the studs weren't always easy to find, and then drilling into the plaster etc... Plus I know nothing about carpentry. It also took awhile to figure out the instructions, but now I get it. Everyone is amazed at how good it looks, and assume that I had a professional come in and do it. But I've had it with overpriced NYC contractors so now I do everything myself.
I have to say it took awhile to purchase this since it is a gamble when buying on line. I am very happy with it because of the quality, color and workmanship. The builder wanted to charge far more for installing a closet not even close to this.We are buying another for the opposite side of the closet.
My husband and I purchased this for our new dressing room. We received it within 5 days and we were super excited to put it together. It did take my husband a little bit to decide on what configuration we wanted, but after we did it went pretty smoothly. He said the possibilites were endless as to how we could put it together. We are trying to decide whether to buy another system, or just accessory pieces. I am leaning towards another system because the accessories seem a bit pricey. I LOVE this new piece. My son came in and said wow mom it looks like a store in here. I can't say enough good things about this system!!! Will buy again for sure!
We purchased several items from this collection. First to put up was the John Louis Delux Red Mahogany Closet System. My husband found the directions to be somewhat user unfriendly, but was very pleased with the quality and materials. Final installed product was very nice, and we were excited about moving along with the other systems. We purchased the John Louis Standard Red Mahogany Closet System strictly for space considerations. The quality is night and day - I was sure we had been duped into buying some sort of knockoff, but the instruction booklet touts the name John Louis. The shelves were warped, the wood split once the screws were driven in. And the screws that don't split the wood are staring at everyone when they come face to face with the unit. First disasterous buy from Overstock! Waste of time, waste of money, waste of brand new walls in a brand new room.Hugely disappointed, disgusted, and may never be back.
Purchased this for a closet in a spare bedroom to store stuff and maximize the closet space. This product took my man an entire morning to install. More time was put in to measuring and designing the set up I wanted then actually hanging it up. It looks great, I am happy with the quality (real pine wood) and it seems sturdy. I like it so much I fully intend to purchase the 16inch one and some additional components for my master closet. I had shopped many home improvement stores and this closet system looks the best and was a better value compared to the pressed wood board ones we saw. Received undamaged and within 4 days of my order!
Bought this a couple of weeks ago...delivery took about a week. My husband installed it and was not too hard for him, but i could not have installed it myself. It's pretty good quality except for the little pieces of wood that go between the shelf and the rod that you hang the clothes on. They are flimsy and not very druable. Good thing they give you extra pieces because two of them broke just during the installation. The others have held up so far...but don't expect them to last too long. It looks great though!
During a recent addition to our home I purchased 3 sets of these organizers. One for our 7 year old daughter and two for the master bedroom closet and they are wonderful. Our daughter keeps her closet organized and loves hanging up her clothes (that is worth the money right there) and now both my husband and I can see what we actually have for clothes - even things we forgot we had as we no longer struggle for space. I had the contractor put them in so I cannot comment on the ease of assemby myself but I know that the fellow got faster with each closet. The contractor thought they were "custom closets" and was quite surprised to know where I had purchased them. Everyone who has seen them can't believe the quality and different configurations that are available. A couple pieces did have nicks or a scratch but we just turned them to the back of the closet and you can't see them. I would highly recommend this product and I can see myself purchasing more for other areas in my home. Thank you Overstock.