So you are all excited about getting a custom closet organizing system to end the every day ritual of finding an article of clothing that you know for sure is lurking somewhere in the deep dark depths of your closet. But did you know that not all systems are of the same quality? Yes, it is true consumers should be aware of some basic knowledge in order to make an informed decision on which product best suits their individual needs and budget.
Quantity is Vital
Quantity should be at the top of your list. By this I mean the thickness of the material itself. Most wood laminate custom closet organizing systems that are purchased from a consultation with a custom closet design specialist is three quarters of an inch thick. This equates to nineteen millimeters in the metric scale. Since most wood laminate custom closet systems were developed from the European style cabinet system32 originating after World War II, they usually use the metric system for all hole boring sizes and hardware.
If you purchase your wood laminate custom closet system from a retail store more often than not the material thickness will be five eighth’s of an inch thick or sixteen millimeters thick on the metric scale. With some budget priced units going down as far as one half in thick or twelve millimeters.
The choice is yours to make as everyone has different priorities but be aware that over time wood laminate custom closet systems if they are constructed of particle board can absorb moisture from the air, causing the material to warp or sag if a span is too long or too much weight is on a shelf. Keep in mind that the thicker the material a longer span can be achieved plus more weight per shelf. Durability is also a factor. Thicker material can stand up to more abuse over the years and does not crack or fracture as easily.
Wood Laminate Processes are Important
There are some various types of finishes for wood laminate custom closet organizing systems as well to consider. The most durable finish is what is called “thermofused” melamine. This is a process by which the outside layer of material is manufactured in a heat treating process where the laminate covering is chemically bonded as one with the inner particle board. Another process called “cold-rolled” where the laminate is put through a series of pressure rollers bonding a layer of laminate paper on top of the particle board.
Thermofused melamine can stand up to heat better and is used for kitchen cabinets as well. With cold-rolled usually a smoother finish and can fade if it comes in contact with direct sunlight or bright lighting. Both processes have been around for years with the thermofused melamine usually at a slightly higher price.
So there you have it folks. Some interesting facts about wood laminate custom closet organizing systems. If you are purchasing your system from a custom closet design consultant make sure you ask about not only the thickness of the material but also the type of process in which the material is made. If buying from a retail store check out the information on the box or ask a store representative. You might be getting a great deal today but will you still be as excited in a few years when your custom closet possibly starts to show the wear and tear of everyday use.