Looking for design education courses?
Closet designers have a tough time when it comes to education and training.
Whether you’re a closet company
owner/operator or a designer/salesperson
who works for a closet company, learning more about design is a challenge.
If you happen to be part of a larger team, there’s always the option
of learning from each other. As new
projects flow through, you’re able to ask
questions about how others have handled this scenario. It’s a really valuable
way to be resourceful and get “hands
on” learning to level up your skill set
(so if you’re lucky enough to be in
this position, stop hanging out in your
own world and be friendlier with your
But what if you’re not part of a larger
team? What if it’s you and a spouse/
partner? What if everyone has multiple
additional job responsibilities and little
time for teaching you design?
How do you get A) any training or B)
more advanced training?
Here are my suggestions:
You can search “The Google.” That will
take you down all kinds of rabbit holes.
Most provide some benefit, but don’t
follow industry standards for dimensions
or space planning. And much comes
from the perspective of “organizing”
And the “designing” angles have
historically come from the world of cabinet makers and architects, not closet
If you venture over to You Tube, you
can find a wide variety of videos show-
ing anything from gorgeous, Hollywood
closets to DIY installation and orga-
nization approaches. You can also find
some fun “Closet Design Reviews” and
interviews with Top Shelf Design Win-
ners on my You Tube channel (youtube.
You can search Amazon. You’ll find a
variety, with many focused on the DIY
market and the installation process.
You’ll also find copies of the two books
on the topic that I’ve authored - “How
to Design a Walk In Closet” (gumroad.
com/l/d THQ) and “The Consumer
Guide To Closet Design” (gumroad.
There are some guidelines about
closets that you can access if you’re
a member of the NKBA but keep in
mind, the kitchen and bath industry
works in 3-inch increment widths on
their cabinetry. That’s very different
than closet industry standards.
You can (and should) join the ACSP
(Association of Closet and Storage Pro-
fessionals). Membership here gives you
access to hundreds of people who have
been involved in the industry for years.
As a member, you can access the
private LinkedIn group and research
or ask questions there. And when (not
if) you decide to go the annual con-
ference, you’ll have the opportunity to
leave with your own informal “team” of
people you can call on for help because
the networking is so awesome.
Seriously. I’ve been attending this
conference since 2007, always search-
ing out anyone who had a passion for
design that was in attendance. And now
I have a group of fellow closet design-
ers all over the country (and even one
in Australia!) who I can call if I have a
design or sourcing question.
Regarding the ACSP, we’re working
on offering more webinars that address
design issues so we can support the
efforts to have designers become either
Registered, Certified or Master closet
designers. All with the intention of ele-
vating the level of this profession.
Another networking/learning op-
portunity is with the NKBA (National