I ordered two of the Standard sytems (in cherry) for my kids' rooms. I knew my husband and I had no shot assembling it so I hired a contractor/carpenter friend. The book came with some design ideas for different sized closets and I selected from those in order to make the process easier (and because they were functional layouts for me). My carpenter was convinced that the system could not fit an 8 foot closet based on the instructions. We ended up going to the John Louis web site where they had time lapse assembly videos (just video, no audio). After watching that, the carpenter figured out what to do and said the the written instructions were not too clear even for a professional. Power saws and very precise measuring are necessary and you must be very meticulous with your level tool. If you are not VERY handy, then hire someone to install these for you. With that said the end result is really nice!! I am thrilled with the look and the quality is excellent. There are several designs to choose from or you can get creative with your own ideas. If yoru closet is smaller then 10 feet, you will have some leftover shelving pieces that you can use for another project. The entire system came in one very long, rectangular box that will take two people to carry into the house (not too heavy, just a very long and awkward box). I definitely recommend this system.
The reason for four stars is that my contractor, who put them in, said they were really difficult to install. I was out of town when this happened, so I can only say that they look fabulous. I bought this unit, the matching shelving unit and four extra shelves. This is for a smallish walk in closet with no door. So far, it looks neat and pretty and I don't feel humiliated if people walk by. However, I have about 1/3 of my clothes in there. Even after I get rid of a bunch (which I will do, honest), it won't be better than 1/2. If a man moves in, we're in trouble.
Product is very good looking. I bought several sets to complete my walk-in closet. I liked this set the best because it had so many different components to use. It was easy to work with. Some minor damage occurred in shipping but I was able to hide most of the marks by the way I installed them. The wood is rather soft so it is easy to gouge.
Love the way you can configure the closet in at least 5 different ways. I purchased two systems (for each side of my closet) and there was little scrap left. The guys who installed it said the screws were a bit cheap and would recommend buying different ones.
I bought this for a 5-1/2" deep closet. Thought it was going to be a problem and I'd only be able to use a little over half the system, but my crafty carpenter was able to puzzle the pieces in a way to get it to work on both sides of the closet. My carpenter gets 5 stars but I gave this 4 stars because it had an extremely strong odor of stain that I am trying to extract from the wood using odor removers from Yankee Candle. After 3 days, the smell seems to be going away, but I am not ready to hang our clothes in here until I walk in and it smells nice & fresh..