Business Spotlight: Closets By Design

Closets by Design first arrived in Louisville in 2002. The team of talented designers has worked with hundreds of customers throughout the years, but one story, in particular, stands out to owner Jeff Speedy.

“I had a customer a few years ago who said her husband fought her tooth and nail on their closet project,” says Speedy, who took over Closets by Design Louisville in 2009. “He was in their newly-remodeled closet one weekend and said, ‘I love this closet, everything is where it’s supposed to be.’ That’s exactly what we’re trying to do.”

Speedy and his staff of more than 20 designers and specialists take customer service seriously and aim to provide the best possible outcome for projects of all sizes. There are several companies to choose from when it comes to the closet industry, but Closets by Design stands out thanks to one key principle.

“We all use similar materials and methodology, but the biggest difference between us and our competitors is the focus on functionality,” Speedy says. “Yes, we love all the bells and whistles, all the new and exciting colors and new products that debut, but we believe the closet has to be functional for the person utilizing it.”

That functionality goes well beyond the standard shelves and rods common in basic closets to include accessories like belt and tie racks, jewelry trays and more.

“In many instances, we can get anywhere from 50-100 percent more hanging clothes in the space, with up to 70 percent more capacity total in the closet with the extra functionalities,” Speedy says. “We can get you more shoe storage, and find ways to store often problematic items like belts, ties, scarves and jewelry.”

The Closets by Design staff even has experience working with homes that have different ceiling and wall heights, making it tricky to utilize the space as is. Through their transformative designs, they can maximize the space allowed in a closet to make it significantly more functional than before.

Designers work with each customer to design a custom closet that fits their style, as well as their budget. Several years ago, Speedy was tasked with designing an 840 square foot closet that rivaled the size of some starter homes, but the majority of his clients are working with much smaller spaces.

“That was a very exciting and lucrative project, but most of our customers are just everyday people,” Speedy says. “We try to start with the basics of what someone needs in their home and what is going to be the best way to organize their space.”

Even if that means sacrificing some of the extras to fit in your budget, Speedy and his team can remodel closets within a budget of a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars and beyond. Customers can end up with a beautiful closet they love without spending a fortune.

“Whatever we do, we try to make it the best space that you have,” Speedy says. “We can really make the project special for you at any end of the spectrum.”

Closets by Design offers a free, in-home design consultation so their expert staff can begin to develop the best options for your needs and budget.

Potential customers can also get a great feel for available design options at the Closets by Design showroom, located in Westport Village. The space is in the final phase of a year-long remodel that showcases new product lines and ideas for other areas of the home beyond bedroom closets, such as mud rooms, craft rooms, laundry rooms and home offices.

“We just went to the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, and a lot of the new products coming out are very attractive and functional,” Speedy says. “We found several new products for all areas of the home.”

Closets by Design Louisville/Lexington has some of the most knowledgeable staff in the industry who know what it takes to tackle any project. Several staff members have been with the company since it opened, or shortly after, and the staff is rounded out by vibrant new employees who help make it all come together for their customers.

To start your own remodeling project, visit the Closets by Design showroom (open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday) or call 502-425-4728 to schedule your free, in-home design consultation.

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