Inventor Brian Billman says he developed the Real Closet system to offer an
affordable organizing solution that looks like custom cabinetry.
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According to Billman, “very few com-
panies in the closet industry manufac-
ture their systems to look like traditional
cabinetry, instead most look like case-
work,” he says, “by adding wider maple
edge it looks like a face frame.”
And the cabinet industry has an
entirely different mindset, he adds.
“They don’t think of closets as modular
and build on-site systems, but as open
;nished cabinet boxes with closet rods
that are added on site, which increases
the price point.”
The difference with Real Closet is that
it is an all-wood, modular, ;at-packed
system that is also affordable.
“My main goal when developing this
product was to create an affordable closet that looked more like custom cabinetry,” Billman says.
The patented Wall Support Shelf
system consists of two grooved solid
maple, UV-;nished foundation rails
that are virtually invisible when above
and below the partitions, he says. The
modular closet unit mounts between the
rails, which are properly aligned with
provided spacers. Partitions have zinc
coated pound-able fasteners (which
are pressed into pre-drilled holes on
the top, bottom and back edges of all
partitions) with extended tabs that tilt
into the grooved rails, making it almost
zero clearance when in the upright
position, Billman notes. These partitions
are 23- and 47-inches tall, while the patented Upright Extender System makes
the partitions expandable to 70- and
The Real Closet system, which comes
in three colors – white, spice and java
– also has a 3/4-inch plywood shelf in
18-, 24-, and 30-inch standard widths,
plus the patented wider span Twin Beam
shelving available in 18-, 24-, 30-, 35-,
47-, and 59-inch widths. All shelf edges
are solid maple with a UV ;nish. Drawers are made of dovetailed solid birch
with pro;led solid maple drawer fronts.