The Floor Plan

The floor plan stands as a crucial cornerstone in the meticulous design of a closet space. It serves as a comprehensive guide, furnishing the designer with a meticulous checklist that encapsulates essential details for design allocation and seamless installation. This encompasses a spectrum of particulars, such as the placement of electrical receptacles, baseboard height, light switch positions, plumbing clean-outs, security boxes, and more. A comprehensive floor plan arms the installer with an understanding of potential impediments and measurements, pre-empting issues that may arise during the installation process.

Typically, the designer systematically navigates through each closet desired by the customer, meticulously sketching a tailored floor plan for each designated space. Some designers might us a tablet and sketch the floorplan directly into their design software. It is imperative to label the room above the floor plan, establishing a uniform labeling system mutually agreed upon by both designers and installers. This system can be as straightforward as numbering bedrooms based on proximity to stairs or hallways, streamlining communication and significantly reducing the likelihood of errors during installation.

The floor plan itself should encapsulate vital elements:

  • Obstacles or protrusions (e.g., plumbing clean-outs, electrical outlets, floor vents, cold air returns)
  • Wall types
  • Door openings
  • Door types (e.g., bi-fold, bi-pass, swing, pocket, French)
  • Drop ceiling/ducting
  • Foundation walls
  • Any other critical measurements deemed significant by the designer


In addition to the floor plan, a quick elevation view sketch may be necessary, clearly indicating measurements from wall corners, floors, or ceilings. An abundance of information is preferred over a shortage, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the spatial dynamics. Uncovering a vital missing piece of information during the final design review can be inconvenient and unprofessional, potentially requiring additional visits to the customer’s residence and incurring unnecessary time and expenses.

When creating an elevation view, meticulous attention to detail is paramount. Ceilings with varying heights, angled or sloped structures, and precise measurements of obstacles should all be noted. Recording the height of organizer shelving, especially if deviating from standard designs, further contributes to a thorough and error-free design process. Ultimately, a detailed elevation view acts as a safeguard, mitigating the risk of errors and providing an accurate representation for customer proofing.

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