For the price this system is a great buy. We had visited a number of different outlets and websites looking for an affordable and sturdy closet system and this product did not disappointment. The system is solid wood and looks great once installed. Be aware that you will have to cut the pieces to custom fit your closet. We had thought we could install the system in a couple of hours but it ended up taking us about 5 1/2 hours once we measured, cut and installed everything.
i liked everything about the system unfortunately there were parts missing from both boxes that i ordered, i felt like someone took parts from the box so i was disappointed in that, when the installer came to put it together i had to send him home because all the parts were not in there, and then i had to wait for the missing parts to come but overall the product if good.
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.
This closet organizer looks fantastic and is made of high quality products. The caveat being, there are some basic construction skills required. We had to use a Skill saw to custom fit a few of the pieces in, so just be prepared to think creatively about how the components best fit to your space and don't be afraid to cut into pieces as required.
I so wanted to also buy a tower in the same color, but none were available! Good thing, too, because this set took up much more space than I'd anticipated. I flipped one of the designs and decided not to cut off the ends to fit the shelves' positions. This piece is so beautiful, but really complicated to put together (lots of parts and it took nearly all day!). The wood is easily scratched and the pen which came with the set didn't work, but the scratches were very minor, so it didn't particularly matter. Great way to organize my closet.
I put another system together that was much easier. The thing that made this so hard was the fact that you have to mount several hooks on the wall leveling each one. You then hang the shelves on the hooks. Other systems have the hooks on a track or rail and it's much easier to get it level. It takes 2 people to put this together. It is very nice and sturdy and you even get a touch up pen to color in any scratches. I probably would not buy another one for my other closets since I don't have a second person around all the time.
Although not as extravagant as the other system we bought. This one went into my teens closet and looks just as incredible as their higher end models. But warning, this is not some cheap setup you throw together. You'll need a weekend and patience to really make it shine.