Stylish and functional products from California Closets offer storage solutions for the entire home.
By Lou Sullivan • Photography Courtesy of California Closets
California Closets was founded in 1978 by a college student looking to create additional storage space in his cramped dorm room. Today, the company is about much more than finding inventive ways to hang shirts and store jeans. With more than 100 showrooms across the world, including eight in New England, California Closets has expanded its product line to offer everything from custom-designed media rooms and offices to libraries, wine pantries and garages.
“We have the ability to custom design and locally manufacture a solution for any space in your home,” says Laura Stafford, marketing and showroom display manager. “We come to the home, take a good look around and assess the need and the top storage priority.”
California Closets is all about maximizing space, which is why an authentic Murphy Bed has become a popular choice for New Englanders living in older homes or in high-rise condos. A wall bed transforms a bedroom into an office or media room simply by hiding the bed inside of a cabinet to blend into the space. Stylish and functional, wall beds come in vertical tilt, or horizontal tilt—think of a daybed and an innovative “pull down” mechanism that is easy to operate. “The Murphy Bed works for a wide range of clients,” Stafford says. “When there is limited space, it gives them a place to work and sleep. It’s a nice solution.”
Also popular, especially during New England winters, are mudrooms that feature hooks for hanging coats, benches with inside storage for clothes and ceiling spaces with lighting accents.
For bibliophiles, a home library is more than a room to shelve books. It is a quiet sanctuary from the outside world. California Closets offers a variety of options to showcase a valued book collection, from floor-to-ceiling shelving to a carefully crafted display designed to create a beautiful and relaxing space.
How about a classic “man cave” that doubles as an office or workshop? The possibilities are endless with California Closets’ product line. Man caves can feature storage cabinets to display a DVD collection or showcase the sports jerseys of your favorite professional athlete.
In the age of the Internet, many people work out of their homes. California Closets helps take the chaos and clutter out of a busy office with organized, efficient storage solutions that eliminate the fear of losing valuable documents. There are many options available that will help increase efficiency, including creating zones for specific office activities, such as a work center, reference center and supply center, and keeping frequently used products out in the open and within easy reach.
When the workday ends and it’s time to relax with a hobby, California Closets can turn an entire room into a crafting paradise. After consulting with a specialist, a system can be designed to satisfy your needs, from selecting the perfect desk height to deciding among large worktops, divided cabinets, organized drawers and shelving for activities such as scrapbooking and model building.
Finally, there’s nothing like a well-organized media center for entertaining friends and family. Storage systems are available that make your TV the star, along with adjustable shelving to display collectibles, books, photo albums and media components. A cable management system can route all power cords and connecting wires, keeping them out of sight but within easy reach. Integrated LED lighting showcases your display items and can be adjusted to match any mood. Fabric door inserts hide speakers and subwoofers, while a variety of finishes are available to match the rest of your home.
California Closets may have started out as a storage company with a single-minded focus, but it now offers solutions for every room in your house.
“We have such a wide range of product offerings, with many different finishes to blend into any décor, that we can design anything to fit a client’s taste,” Stafford says.