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Closet Systems - What is the Difference Between Hanging Versus Floor-Based Closet Systems?

HANGING SYSTEMS: Our hanging closet systems - wall closet systems are installed using a suspension rail, attaching the wall rail to studs with Pan Head screws. Vertical panels are attached to the suspension rail through the metal brackets - load bearing capacity per pair: 286 lbs. One excellent detail for an installer. The rail is marked in intervals of 4” (100 mm) to help locate studs in the wall. As we know stud is supposed to be 16 inches and 24 inches center to center.


- Suspension Rail is visible on the wall

- No panels go to the floor

-More utilitarian approach than Floor Based Systems

-Limits future adjustability options

-Not advisable to install in front

of a pocket door

-Depth should not exceed 18”. If sections are deeper than 18”, the system should be floor Based.


-Easier to install

-More latitude in measurements, as the industry standard is to leave approximately a ¼” gap on each side.

It does not require a hanging strip across the back wall.

Floor based closet can be installed in front of a pocket door.

Baseboards on side walls will be cut around because panels must be installed flush with that wall.


-It takes longer to install and requires more material. In addition, measurements should be more accurate than required for a hanging System.


-Vertical panels rest on the floor, and the system is attached to the walls, often using “L-shape” brackets and screws. It means load capacity is much more than wall systems.

-Allows for easy modifications to the system in the future. For example, as kids grow, hanging spaces, shelves, and drawers can be easily adjusted.

-If the baseboards are higher than 5”, it is often better to install them after the closets are installed (in the open space where there is no closet system).

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