There’s no shortage of closet systems available to consumers right now, so our product testing pros in the Good Housekeeping Institute narrowed down the options by focusing on testing basic set-ups featuring hanging space and several shelves, as well as space for storing shoes, based on the following criteria:
✔️ Durability: Because durability matters, we dropped each closet system’s shelving from three feet in the air to see if it could withstand scratches. We also evaluated how well each system held up to stains by applying lipstick, oil, ink and soda to the surfaces (an hour was allotted to complete this portion of the test).
✔️ Ease of installation: A panel of consumers were invited to assemble each closet system onto a wall in our Labs. As the consumers completed the installation process, they freely shared feedback on their experience, construction skills and helpfulness of the manuals. Our experts also considered the number of products each system included and the ability to easily change the configuration over time.
✔️ Style and quality: Finally, our consumer testers were asked to provide their take on the each system’s visual appeal and construction quality, along with how well the pieces fit together.