Wood vs. Wire Custom Closets, Which is Better?

Wood vs. Wire Custom Closets, Which is Better?

You’ve decided that the time has come to take control of your closet chaos and invest in a custom closet organization system. When you’re considering all of the options when it comes to having custom closets installed in your home, you may notice that there are two materials that are commonly used: wood and wire.

"You might wonder which would be a better choice for you. Here are some facts"

While aesthetics are a matter of opinion, wire closet organizers have a temporary look to them that many find unappealing. The wires are available in different colors, so they can be customized to the color of the room. When you look at a wire drawer, you can see the items inside; this could be a pro or a con, depending on how neatly you stack your items.

Wood shelves come in a variety of finishes. They also hide the contents of whatever is inside, making it less vital that you neatly store small items that tend to look disorganized when put away quickly.

"Wood shelving and drawers look solid and permanent."

Bracket-mounted wire shelving is sturdier than the direct-mounted variety, but you still can’t pile a lot of heavy sweaters or bulky boxes of seasonal decorations on them. Wood shelving, on the other hand, can withstand heavy loads without warping, bending or collapsing. This is particularly important in children’s closets: Kids may attempt to scale the shelving, and flimsy wire shelves are an accident waiting to happen.

"Wire shelves can be dangerous in pantries."

Too many canned goods can cause a collapse. For the most weight-bearing capability, wood is the clear winner.


In general, wood shelving is easier to install and, once installed, stays put better than wire shelving. One reason for this is that your wooden custom closets will be cut to measure; wire shelves come in standard sizes and need to fit the space that you have, making a tight and secure fit not as likely. The brackets used with wire closet systems allow for quite a bit of movement when compared to those used in a custom closet made out of wood.

For most homes and in most situations, wood is the superior material when it comes to having custom closets installed. It’s important to talk to your closet design and installation professional to determine what is best for your unique storage needs. Your local closet company will be able to go over your options with you, with your decor, preferences, needs and budget in mind.

"Make the best decision for your particular family, home and lifestyle."

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