THE CLOSET IS A PERPETUAL issue for Americans: Some can't seem to find enough space for their clothes, skis, and camping gear. Cincinnati-based Schulte Corp. has a solution for those caught in a closet conundrum: A Web-based design tool that allows consumers and builders to customize their space in “six easy mouse clicks.”
Imagining the right closet is a stumbling block for most people, says Steve McCamley, Schulte's marketing vice president. “Let's face it, there are a lot of options to consider, and each system can be a sizable investment for any consumer,” he says.
With the company's design tool, however, the process is simple, the manufacturer says. Users choose the type of closet, the basic shape, and enter the measurements. Then they choose materials and finish options, and the design is complete. During the process, the tool offers options that would best fit the user's selected shape and displays what each option will cost. “The goal is to make designing your own storage system easy,” McCamley says.
The system allows users to design closets for a variety of home areas, including the pantry and laundry. It also offers an “inspirational gallery,” where buyers may borrow ideas. Once a design is complete, users may save it on the Web site for future order.
The manufacturer says builders have been flocking to the site. One company rep says builders typically e-mail their orders to a dealer, who will deliver and install the products for a fee. For more information, go to www.schultestorage.com.