A few years ago, I had some clients who completely changed how I finish large walk-in closets. This couple was determined to have the perfect master closet in their new house. Normally, laying out a large closet takes me about a half hour, but on this project, we spent more than an hour analyzing the average hanging length of dress shirts and debating whether pants should fold over a hanger or hang from the cuffs. Three days later, I finished the design discussion by finding just the right amount of shelf space for rolled-up socks.

After that experience, I began building closets with adjustable closet rods and shelves; now I don’t have to worry about the perfect location for anything. The clients can customize the closet when they move in, then easily change it the following year as their needs evolve — without even having to call me for help. All I need to know is how...

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