Product Review: Extra Storage Closet

Feedback about first-hand experience with different models of self-contained clothing storage racks.

I have used a few different versions of self-contained storage racks with a client recently.  We have been constructing them to store seasonal clothing stored in the attic.  The enclosed nature of the rack provides protection from dust and critters.  My client has a few different brands of the product, but by and large they are equivalent.  I did notice that one product had a canvas cover, while the other had a vinyl cover.  I anticipate they will provide the same level of protection, however I suspect the canvas cover will have more breathability versus the vinyl cover.  Not to mention the vinyl cover smells like a new shower curtain- this may be good or bad for you.

Construction of the product was relatively straight-forward.  Instructions were provided.  There was some confusion at times as to which pieces were being referred to as the rods all look similar.  Having two people to construct the piece was also helpful.  We found one rack less than cooperative when trying to assemble the final pieces.  Ultimately some brute strength from our fists did the trick!

I would recommend this product for storage of seasonal items.  The less expensive models are less sturdy and hold less weight (let’s face it, you get what you pay for).  If you are looking for a product to use on a more frequent basis, invest in good rack.

When loading the racks with clothing, we had to be conscious of the distribution of weight.  One of the models had a support fixture in the middle of the hanging rod, the other did not.  I do not know how much additional support that fixture will ultimately provide.  If you anticipate storing very heavy items, again, consider purchasing a more sturdy rack that can handle the additional weight.

The racks are helping organize seasonal clothing in a functional and aesthetically pleasing way.  My client is very happy with the product thus far.

Hillary Adams Case is a Professional Organizer with Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

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