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.
We have moved this unit from one house to another and installed to a different configuration. It is easy to modify since it is made out of solid wook - just but to length. Would definatly buy again but maybe the version with drawers next time.
When I saw this I knew it was perfect for my closet. A few things to take into consideration before you purchase it is if your walls are even. I had to bend the holding brackets to fit the shelves perfectly. Other than that I got it up in two days. I am female and 66 years old so if I can do it anyone can. I did call in the special forces (husband) to help hold the long shelves up while putting the screws in. It is much sturdy than some of the other closet organizers that I've used in the past.
I really liked the final result - my closet was organized with a place for everything. The price was very good (I did a lot of comparison shopping) but, had it not been for YouTube, we would still be working to put this together. Fortunately, we found a video for the exact model we had purchased and completely ignored the accompanying instructions. It still took my husband an me almost a full day to put together, but I'd do it again because I like the result so much.